French President Francois Hollande, accompanied by H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation, toured the Louvre Abu Dhabi site and reviewed the progress in construction of the cultural landmark.The French President’s tour was part of his visit to the UAE to attend the Conference on Safeguarding Endangered Cultural Heritage, jointly organised by the UAE and France under the patronage of UNESCO from the December 2 to 3, 2016, in Abu Dhabi.The visit was aimed at updating the French President on the latest construction work on the striking and innovative museum. A number of French officials, delegates and representatives of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, accompanied the French president on the tour.H.H. Sheikh Abdullah said, “Through the Louvre Abu Dhabi, the UAE and France are seeking to highlight the deep cultural exchange and interaction between civilisations, look at the future and convey a message to generations about the importance of intellectual and knowledge exchange.”Hollande also expressed his thanks and appreciation to the curators, developers, artists and architects including the designer of the museum Jean Nouvel. He termed the Louvre Abu Dhabi as an embodiment of the strong ties between the UAE and France.Some of the masterpieces from the Louvre Paris collections and from other major French museums will be displayed at Louvre Abu Dhabi, he added.At the end of the visit, the French President and Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed unveiled a memorial plaque marking the visit of the Louvre site where the president wrote ‘In culmination of the deep friendship bonds that bind our countries, the United Arab Emirates presents the Louvre Abu Dhabi to the whole humanity to stand as a ray of hope for the unity of the world and to serve as a centre for human heritage, a message for mutual respect among peoples.’The Louvre Abu Dhabi is scheduled to welcome visitors in 2017 and will feature loaned paintings from 13 French cultural institutions, including Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, and Henri Matisse.