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A French Delegation, Including 26 “Friends of the Louvre” from Paris, Visit Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah

A French delegation, including 26 “Friends of the Louvre” from Paris, visited the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah today as part of a tour of the region. After visiting the Louvre – Abu Dhabi, the group travelled to Kuwait to enjoy a full day of cultural exploration. The morning programme included a visit to the Amricani Cultural Centre and a tour of the exhibitions on display there: Splendors of the Ancient East: Antiquities in The al-Sabah Collection, Long Ago Zoo: Animals in The al-Sabah Collection and the Story of Amricani, a multi-media presentation that shares part of the history of Kuwait. They also visited an exhibition on Failaka, currently at the Amricani on loan from the Kuwait National Museum. In addition, the delegation visited the DAI’s Yarmouk Cultural Centre, where they had the opportunity to meet with The al-Sabah Collection’s curator and see additional objects from the collection. “The Louvre has a very long and successful relationship with the Dar al-Athar al-Islamiyyah and The al-Sabah Collection,” said Nicole Salinger, one of the Friends of the Louvre. “Sheikh Nasser [Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah] and Sheikha Hussa [Sabah al-Salem al-Sabah] have been generous in sharing their objects with museum, including the entire Treasury of the World exhibition of jeweled objects from Mughal empires. I am delighted that we have had the opportunity to visit the ancient and Islamic exhibitions in the Amricani and experience the warm hospitality of Kuwait.”


February 11, 2018