Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, November 5, 2019: Alliance Française Abu Dhabi celebrated 45 years of services par excellence with a grand gala dinner on November 1, 2019 at Intercontinental Hotel Abu Dhabi. As the only accredited centre offering French language lessons and cultural exchange, Alliance Française Abu Dhabi has benefitted more than 2,000 students since its inception in 1974.
The event welcomed the arrival of H.E. Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance in the UAE and H.E. Ludovic Pouille, Ambassador of France to the UAE, who attended the event alongside fellow Ambassadors from Germany, Australia, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Luxembourg, Mexico, Philippines, France, Morocco, and Russia.
H.E. Ludovic Pouille commented on the event, “I am proud and honoured that His Highness Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance attended the opening ceremony of Alliance Française’s 45th Anniversary and delivered a speech on tolerance, culture, education, respect, and kindness – all these shows that it’s not a co-incidence that we celebrate the 45th Anniversary of Alliance Française and journey of successes along this period of time. “
400 guests were transported to the south of France, uncovering a wide range of gastronomic discoveries along the way through Michelin-star Chef Vivien Durand’s inspiring dinner spread. Duo Mediterraneum and a Corsican band proceeded to immerse the crowd in great French ballads, international melodies and A Capella performances driven from shepherd’s poetry, which reflected the farmer culture of Corsica.
A documentary paid homage to Alliance Française Abu Dhabi’s journey in advancing French-UAE dialogue and celebrators thumbed through their own personal copy of a book co-produced by CEFAS and CNRS that illustrated the enriched history of the centre.
The festivities were elevated up a notch when the party took to the dance floor, grooving to the swanky tunes from the resident DJ. The doses of fun kept coming with a surprise raffle draw that gave away grand prizes such as air travel tickets, dinner vouchers, hotel stays, desert safari passes, gift vouchers, French jewelry and more.
Sultan Al-Haji, the Director of Alliance Française Abu Dhabi commented, “At Alliance Française Abu Dhabi, we are inspired to curate opportunities that create meaningful and indelible experiences and memories. We have always been front runners in hosting innovative and progressive global events that take the baton forward and set benchmarks across Abu Dhabi’s cultural landscape”.