President-Director of the Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez (L) speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron (2L), Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Tourism and Culture Authority, Mohamad Khalifa al-Mubarak, Deputy Director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi (2R) and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan as they visit the Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum on November 8, 2017 during its inauguration on Saadiyat island in the Emirati capital.  / AFP PHOTO / ludovic MARIN
President-Director of the Louvre Museum, Jean-Luc Martinez (L) speaks to French President Emmanuel Macron (2L), Chairman of Abu Dhabi's Tourism and Culture Authority, Mohamad Khalifa al-Mubarak, DeputShow more

Louvre Abu Dhabi represents cultural understanding through the ages

At the opening of Louvre Abu Dhabi, French President Emmanuel Macron affirmed his commitment to the strong partnership between France and this country. Tomorrow the iconic building will bear witness to this special relationship with the launch of the Emirati-French Cultural Dialogue, a six-month series of concerts, workshops and festivals. The joint government initiative will be attended by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, who will speak at the museum tomorrow.

Less than three months after launching, Louvre Abu Dhabi has become a cultural icon for the UAE and the region. Unlike most museums, its exhibits are arranged by theme rather than origin; as such it offers a message of unity and cultural understanding through the ages, making it an apt setting for the launch of a cross-cultural exchange. Louvre Abu Dhabi is, Mr Macron said in November, an outpost in the battle against obscurantism. It therefore stands in direct opposition to Qatar's recent attempt to politicise it.

This week the diplomatic dispute between Qatar and the Arab quartet rolled into its eighth month. And after all this time, the behaviour of Doha continues to widen the divide between itself and the UAE, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain. Starved of options, Qatar has turned to increasingly futile attempts to score points. In the latest such venture, it has been at pains to discredit Louvre Abu Dhabi, an emblem of cultural understanding that has catapulted the UAE onto the global art scene.

This week, Qatar misrepresented a meeting between its officials and those of the Louvre in Paris, claiming that an unintentional error regarding a map of the Arabian Peninsula had led to an official investigation. In reality, that mistake was corrected immediately when it became known to the museum. These facts have not stopped Doha from muddying the waters. As Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, said at the opening, the message of unity that the museum sends out cannot be tainted by political point-scoring. Fortunately, attempts to stoke anger or undermine cultural ties have failed.


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Stars: Robert De Niro, Sebastian Maniscalco, Kim Cattrall

Rating: 2/5

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Need to know

The flights: Flydubai flies from Dubai to Kilimanjaro airport via Dar es Salaam from Dh1,619 return including taxes. The trip takes 8 hours. 

The trek: Make sure that whatever tour company you select to climb Kilimanjaro, that it is a reputable one. The way to climb successfully would be with experienced guides and porters, from a company committed to quality, safety and an ethical approach to the mountain and its staff. Sonia Nazareth booked a VIP package through Safari Africa. The tour works out to $4,775 (Dh17,538) per person, based on a 4-person booking scheme, for 9 nights on the mountain (including one night before and after the trek at Arusha). The price includes all meals, a head guide, an assistant guide for every 2 trekkers, porters to carry the luggage, a cook and kitchen staff, a dining and mess tent, a sleeping tent set up for 2 persons, a chemical toilet and park entrance fees. The tiny ration of heated water provided for our bath in our makeshift private bathroom stall was the greatest luxury. A standard package, also based on a 4-person booking, works out to $3,050 (Dh11,202) per person.

When to go: You can climb Kili at any time of year, but the best months to ascend  are  January-February and September-October.  Also good are July and August, if you’re tolerant of the colder weather that winter brings.

Do not underestimate the importance of kit. Even if you’re travelling at a relatively pleasant time, be geared up for the cold and the rain.

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Raised: $2.5 million

Investors: DP World, Prime Venture Partners and family offices in Saudi Arabia and the UAE


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