The Louvre in Abu Dhabi has announced the appointment of a director and deputy director as the museum sets up to open its doors in 2017.
The Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (TCA-Abu Dhabi) has said that it has appointed Manuel Rabaté as Louvre Abu Dhabi Director and Hissa Al Dhaheri as Louvre Abu Dhabi Deputy Director.
"Louvre Abu Dhabi represents a vital component of the Abu Dhabi Plan to form a wider vision that prioritises culture in the capital," said Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of TCA Abu Dhabi. "The appointment of Manuel Rabaté and Hissa Al Dhaheri celebrates the spirit of the museum."
A French national, Rabaté was previously the CEO of Agence France-Muséums from 2013, the institution established to support the creation of the Louvre museum as part of an agreement between Abu Dhabi and France.
Dhaheri began working on developing the human capital for the Saadiyat Cultural District Museums, introducing the Museum Scholarship Programme for Emiratis. She now manages the relationship with the French partners to oversee and implement the museum.
TCA Abu Dhabi said construction of the project is nearing its final stages after which it will enter a preparation phase for testing, art installation and development of the visitor experience.
The opening date for the museum is expected to be announced soon.