(AGI) - Abu Dhabi, Jul 5 - Fostering the continuous cooperation between the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of France, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre, dedicated to history and the collections of the Louvre Palace, and paying tribute to the late founding father of the UAE, was inaugurated today in a ceremony at Musee du Louvre in Paris in the Pavillon de l'Horloge. The Centre was inaugurated in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, along with Francois Hollande, President of the French Republic, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, TCA, Zaki Nusseibeh, Cultural Advisor of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, and Saif Ghobash, Director-General of the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority. Speaking on the occasion, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak said, "The presence of the UAE at the heart of the Louvre Paris echoes the spirit of Louvre Abu Dhabi as an unprecedented alliance between both countries, and, most importantly, the vision of our founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, may his soul rest in peace, to build bridges between nations across the world." Located at the Musee du Louvre between Cour Carree and Cour Napoleon, the Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Centre has today opened its doors after a thorough renovation. The Centre tells the story of the Louvre, a French garrison fortress built by Philippe Auguste in the year 1200, also used as the residence of the Kings of France, which has now resulted in the world's most popular museum, utilising the latest media tools such as 3D films, animations, models and more. Visitors will be able to navigate through the ruins of the medieval period, the royal chambers and even the chapel, ending with a glimpse into the future of the Louvre, where a Louvre Abu Dhabi model stands alongside other projects such as Musee du Louvre-Lens. In the opening year of Louvre Abu Dhabi, 300 loaned art works from 13 leading French institutions, including Musee du Louvre, will be displayed alongside its permanent collection to highlight the common themes and influences throughout human history. Louvre Abu Dhabi will also offer outstanding temporary exhibitions in a dedicated space, a children's museum, and a research centre. (AGI) .