In a sign of deepening cultural relations, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussain, wife of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, on Thursday played host to Brigitte Macron, wife of French President Emmanuel Macron – who is on an official visit to the UAE.
We welcome Ms. Brigitte Macron, wife of French President @EmmanuelMacron on her first official visit to the UAE. I admire Ms. Macron’s efforts in humanitarian work and her special interests in philanthropy, childcare and women's rights. pic.twitter.com/V3AqPMZoMY— HRH Princess Haya (@hrhprincesshaya) November 9, 2017
On her Facebook page, Princess Haya said: “I was honored today to receive Ms Brigitte Macron, the wife of Mr Emmanuel Macron, the President of the French Republic, on her first official visit to the UAE. I greatly enjoyed the company of this incredible lady who is genuine and beautiful, inside and out. I admire Ms Macron’s generous spirit, her efforts in humanitarian work and her special interests in philanthropy, childcare and women’s rights.”
Earlier in the day, Brigitte Macron visited the Shaikh Zayed Grand Mosque and met Her Highness Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak, Chairwoman of the General Women's Union, Supreme Chairwoman of the Family Development Foundation, and President of the Supreme Council for Motherhood and Childhood
The French President was among the top dignitaries who inaugurated the Louvre Abu Dhabi on Wednesday night. In a speech, Macron said the iconic museum, the fruit of an agreement inked in 2007, is an exceptional architectural work of art and that this “Louvre of desert and light is a bridge between generations, cultures and East and West”. The new museum, which boasts a rich collection of over 600 artworks ranging from antiquity to present times, in addition to some 300 artefacts loaned from French museums, includes also a temporary exhibition area and other facilities.