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Sarkozy visits Louvre Abu Dhabi's site

France's former President Nicolas Sarkozy signs a guestbook after making a speech at a policy center in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (AP)

By Wam
Ali Majed Al Mansoori, Chairman of Tourism Development & Investment Company welcomed Nicolas Sarkozy, former President of the French Republic (2007-2012), in the presence of Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority (TCA Abu Dhabi), for a visit of the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s construction site yesterday morning. The former president, who has close ties to the project since initiating its intergovernmental agreement in 2007, toured the site which is in its final stages.
Sarkozy, who has had close ties with the Louvre project since the French and Abu Dhabi governments signed an agreement in 2007, toured the site which is in its final stages.
Sarkozy, who was the president of France from 2007 to 2012, was due to give a talk discussing "the world today" at the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research on Wednesday.
When open, the museum’s permanent collection will be exhibited across 12 state of the art galleries in dialogue with loaned art works from 13 leading French institutions to tell a universal story of human history. 
Galleries are designed like an Arabic ‘madina’ (city) and visitors will also be able to enjoy outstanding temporary exhibitions in a dedicated space, a children’s museum, auditorium, cafe, restaurant, museum shop, research centre, promenades and gardens.