Abu Dhabi: French Culture Minister Christine Albanel has made her first visit to the UAE heading a delegation charged with delivering an operating framework agreement for the proposed Louvre Abu Dhabi universal museum.

The agreement covers many operational issues including individual proposals to theme the Louvre's exhibition halls and guidelines for exhibitions to be mounted in the museum.

The agreement was signed by Shaikh Sultan Bin Tahnoun Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture & Heritage (ADACH) and Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC), Abu Dhabi's leading cultural and tourism asset developer, and Bruno Maquart, former director of Centre Pompidou and Executive Director of the French Museums Agency which is steering development of the project.

"The accord covers our specific requirements to mount arts educational events in the UAE capital and provide a degree of training for nationals wishing to enter the sector for solid career opportunities.

"Together with our French partners we are progressing well on the Louvre Abu Dhabi which will be among the first of Saadiyat's international cultural institutions to take shape," said Shaikh Sultan.

The Louvre is one of five major cultural assets planned for the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island, a 27-sq km island lying 500 metres offshore Abu Dhabi City.