A French theater restored by UAE now on its final stage

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A French theater restored by UAE on its final stage

A French theater restored by UAE on its final stage

The refurbished theater and also a Unesco World Heritage Site located in France is being overseen by Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority.

Included in the contract between the government of Abu Dhabi and France in 2007, H.E. Sheikh Khalifa concurred the theater’s restoration, which is part of one of the biggest French royal chateaux. Development of Louvre Abu Dhabi was also included in the agreement of the two countries.

The initial stage of restoration ended in April of 2014 which included the upgrading of the primary auditorium.

The succeeding stage focuses on the salons’ upper level and the continuous preservation of the podium where one one of essential stage sets in France was held.

25 specialists and 135 skilled workers labored on the initial stage, restoring the original design of the theater.

To recognize Abu Dhabi’s contribution to the renovation, the theater was given a new name, Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theater.

Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority Chairman Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak expressed that the protection of cultural heritage in any place is truly essential to guarantee that the history of societies and civilizations will be handed over to the succeeding generations.

The officer added that because of shared commitments to the cause that Abu Dhabi was able to carry out huge steps in working on cultural cooperation with France. The said theater’s renovation symbolizes the nation’s dedication to the preservation of one’s heritage, working to have a global community bonded by culture.

Visitors will be able to experience the second empire architectural marvel of Sheik Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan Theater which will be accessible to the public in spring 2019.

Fontainebleau, a Unesco World Heritage Site, houses 1,530 priceless artifacts and furniture pieces were thirty-four French monarchs and emperors once lived. Matter of fact, it is where Napoleon once bid goodbye to his Old Guard and went into exile in 1814.

With some modification to the structure of the chateau which includes a cobblestone entrance big enough for his carriage, Napoleon made the chateau the destination that tourists now experience.

The building also houses Ecoles d’Art Americaines, a school for architecture, art, and music.

Created by Hector Lefuel for the Imperial family in 1800s, the building was utilized by Napoleon III on many occasions prior to closing its doors for more than a century, hence preserving the original condition.


Mohamed Dekkak

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