Louvre Abu Dhabi signs MoU with United Arab Emirates University


Collaboration to promote academic, scientific research and professional development

Al Ain: H.E. Zaki Anwar Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor to H.H. the President of the UAE and Chancellor of the United Arab Emirates University , received a delegation from Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi to discuss ways of cooperation between Louvre Abu Dhabi and UAE University. Louvre Abu Dhabi recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) to establish a framework for and promote future cooperation in areas of academic research and professional development. The MoU refers to developing ways of cooperation between the museum and the university in various aspects, including internship programs, collaborative research projects, joint scientific and educational activities, and exchange of scientific information and education materials. The MoU also refers to streamlining access to activities and offerings exposure to each party through research projects, events, seminars and conferences.

This MoU further solidifies the Louvre Abu Dhabi’s commitment to education and knowledge development within the UAE. Since its launch in November 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi has made education a priority, regularly welcoming school groups, travelling to universities to engage professors and students, offering guided youth tours, and hosting an extensive year-round programme of workshops, activities, performances and other events. The museum has also developed special year-long membership passes – Teacher Pass and Youth Pass – for teachers and youth alike.

Manuel Rabaté, Director of Louvre Abu Dhabi, said: “Our collaboration, through this MoU, with one of the region’s highest-ranked universities reflects Louvre Abu Dhabi’s commitment to strengthening relationships with local academic and research institutions. By sharing our expertise in our specialist areas and creating inclusive opportunities, we hope to empower and inspire the next generation, the student body of United Arab Emirates University. We look forward to advancing academic and cultural exchange in the UAE together.”

Prof. Hasan Al Naboodah, Dean of College of Humanities and Social Sciences at United Arab Emirates University said “This MoU with the Louvre Abu Dhabi represents an exceptional opportunity to further not only mutual academic interests, but especially to continue building a long-lasting partnership that benefits students, researchers, families, and indeed the wider society. Common initiatives shall bring people together through culture and knowledge, which are both essential components of education”. 


Notes to editors:

Louvre Abu Dhabi is open Tuesday – Sunday from 10 am – 6:30 pm; closed on Mondays. Pre-purchased tickets are required to visit the museum. E-tickets can be reserved via the museum’s website.

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Louvre Abu Dhabi has been certified as a “Go-Safe” site. Our partnership with VPS Healthcare means that the health and wellbeing of our visitors will be prioritized throughout their visit. From timed ticketing, to temperature checks, to the ample space to social distance throughout the galleries and outdoor spaces of the museum. 

Ongoing offers and promotions:

Teachers are eligible for unlimited access to Louvre Abu Dhabi and its programming with the museum’s Teacher Pass. The Teacher Pass is available at AED 120 for teachers, academics and other educators holding valid accreditation, based in the UAE or abroad. 

Further information and terms and conditions on all offers and promotions can be found on the museum’s website: www.louvreabudhabi.ae.


Created by an exceptional agreement between the governments of Abu Dhabi and France, Louvre Abu Dhabi was designed by Jean Nouvel and opened on Saadiyat Island in November 2017. The museum is inspired by traditional Islamic architecture and its monumental dome creates a rain of light effect and a unique social space that brings people together.

Louvre Abu Dhabi celebrates the universal creativity of mankind and invites audiences to see humanity in a new light. Through its innovative curatorial approach, the museum focuses on building understanding across cultures: through stories of human creativity that transcend civilisations, geographies and times. 

The museum’s growing collection is unparalleled in the region and spans thousands of years of human history, including prehistoric tools, artefacts, religious texts, iconic paintings and contemporary artworks. The permanent collection is supplemented by rotating loans from 13 French partner institutions, regional and international museums.

Louvre Abu Dhabi is a testing ground for new ideas in a globalised world and champions new generations of cultural leaders. Its international exhibitions, programming and Children’s Museum are inclusive platforms that connect communities and offer enjoyment for all.


Founded in 1976 by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, UAEU aspires to become a comprehensive, research-intensive university and currently enrolls approximately 13,000 Emirati and international students. As the UAE’s flagship university, UAEU offers a full range of accredited, high-quality graduate and undergraduate programs through nine Colleges: Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Food and Agriculture; Humanities and Social Sciences; IT; Law; Medicine and Health Sciences; and Science. With a distinguished international faculty, state-of-the art new campus, and full range of student support services, UAEU offers a living-learning environment that is unmatched in the UAE.

In its drive to achieve international research stature, UAEU works with its partners in industry to provide research solutions to challenges faced by the nation, the region, and the world. The University has established research centers of strategic importance to the country and the region which are advancing knowledge in critical areas ranging from water resources to cancer treatments. UAEU is currently ranked #3 in the Arab World and #284 worldwide.

UAEU’s academic programs have been developed in partnership with employers, so our graduates are in high demand.  UAEU alumni hold key positions in industry, commerce, and government throughout the region. Continuing investments in facilities, services, and staff ensure that UAEU will continue to serve as a model of innovation and excellence. 

ABOUT College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS):

At the United Arab Emirates University, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), offers varied opportunities and produces graduates who can make a contribution to their local communities and wider society. CHSS degree programs hone analytical, critical thinking and creative skills. Students also develop a global perspective by studying other cultures. They deepen their understanding and appreciation of other cultures and points of view. They seek to clarify their values and ethical beliefs by comparing and contrasting with others. Students are also afforded opportunities to test what they learn in real-world contexts via hands-on, practical experiences such as internships. These internships help students in the transition to their chosen career.

The CHSS has an outstanding international faculty committed to educating students to the highest standards. They contribute to the generation of knowledge on a global scale and have an influence well beyond the university. Faculty are also student-centered and enjoy their roles as teachers and mentors, providing both informed instruction and personal guidance to students.


The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) drives the sustainable growth of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sectors, fuels economic progress and helps achieve Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions. By working in partnership with the organisations that define the Emirate’s position as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of the Emirate’s potential, coordinate effort and investment, deliver innovative solutions, and use the best tools, policies and systems to support the culture and tourism industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the Emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We work to enhance Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation, and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living traditions of hospitality, pioneering initiatives and creative thought.