Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, visited the Louvre in Paris on Wednesday.
During his visit, Sheikh Mohamed toured the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre, in the Pavilion de l’Horloge of the Museum, which highlights the achievements of the UAE’s Founding Father.
"This Centre embodies the values advocated by Sheikh Zayed, including values of tolerance, co-operation and peaceful coexistence among peoples, irrespective of culture, religion, race, and geographical locations,” Sheikh Mohamed said.
“The visitors get to know about his rich legacy and his inspiring endeavours to champion values of humanity, peace, stability and development for all peoples of the world.”
He also described the Louvre as a 'global cultural icon' that safeguards human heritage across different eras of history and promotes arts and creativity.
"The Louvre is a living example of France's position as the epicentre of enlightenment, not only to Europe, but to the whole world.
"In today's world, we need the common heritage of humanity to unite peoples and nations in the face of global challenges," he said.
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Sheikh Mohamed was received by Jean-Luc Martinez, President of the museum, and a number of officials. During his tour, he stopped at a portrait of Sheikh Zayed and observed a minute of silence.
Sheikh Mohamed was accompanied by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, and Reem Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Co-operation, among other officials.
While at the Louvre, he also met with Emirati students studying at French universities.
He later tweeted: "I was delighted to meet with our students at French universities. I told them that education is the way to the future, and encouraged them to continue their path with greater motivation towards realising our nation's goals and aspirations."