UAE to aid French landmark’s restoration


The agreement was signed in line with the directives of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan and the instructions of General Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.


Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Culture and Heritage Authority and Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism Authority, and Renaud Donnedieu De Vabres, the French Culture Minister, signed the agreement in Paris yesterday.


The Napoleon III Theatre will be renamed after Shaikh Khalifa in appreciation of his generous initiatives and support to culture.


A plaque bearing the name of Shaikh Khalifa was unveiled after the signing ceremony.


"Shaikh Khalifa’s initiative to restore the historic premises of the palace is his gift to France in recognition of the cultural and enlightenment roles it plays across the world and in the Middle East," Shaikh Sultan said.

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