The Grand Imam of Al-Azhar, Sheikh Ahmed Al-Tayeb, and his Holiness Pope Francis on Monday selected a new display of rare art objects and collectibles, to be showcased at the Louvre Museum in Abu Dhabi starting today, February 5th.
HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed bin Al-Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE's Armed Forces and Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation attended the selection process, along with a range of high-ranking officials from the UAE.
The Grand Imam and the Pope attended a presentation by HE Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, about the art objects, which originate from several religions and are believed to cover the history of humanity. They will be the crown jewels of the Louvre museum in Abu Dhabi.
Meanwhile, the visit of the Grand Imam and the Pope to the UAE continues to receive unprecedented global attention, given it is the first visit by a Pope to the Arabian Peninsula. It also reflects the status of Al-Azhar and its Grand Imam as the prime reference point for the Islamic religion in the world, and for being its largest institution which shows the tolerance of Islam and its balanced teachings.