22 Jan 2018 - 19:29
Louvre Abu Dhabi replaces Gulf map that omitted Qatar
AFP / The Peninsula Online
The Louvre Abu Dhabi said Monday it has replaced a map of the Arabian Peninsula that omitted Qatar.
The museum said the map was an "oversight" that had been rectified.
The map, one of several aiming at placing exhibits in their geographical context, was located in the children's section of the museum.
In an analysis piece written earlier this week entitled “The UAE/Qatar rivalry is escalating”, the Washington Institute’s Simon Henderson noted that a large map of the world featured at the museum “completely omits” the nation of Qatar.
“In the children's section of Abu Dhabi's new flagship Louvre Museum, a map of the southern Gulf completely omits the Qatari peninsula -- a geographical deletion that is probably incompatible with France's agreement to let Abu Dhabi use the Louvre's name,” Henderson wrote.
Many Twitter users were seen criticising this action which contradicts international norms and decency.
Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy & Associate Fellow, Chatham House and author Kristian Ulrichsen tweeted a photo from the museum saying “Here is the map from an exhibit in the Louvre Abu Dhabi that omits the Qatari peninsula from the Lower Gulf.”
The error was pointed out on January 19 by the Chairperson of Qatar Museums, H E Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani, who retweeted Ulrichsen’s picture of the map showing Bahrain and the Gulf coast with a blank sea in the place of Qatar.
"Although the notion of museums is a new one to Abu Dhabi, surely the @MuseeLouvre is not okay with this?" she wrote.
Last year, the UAE paid France’s iconic Louvre Museum a whopping $520 million for the use of its name in its own Louvre Abu Dhabi Museum, which finally opened its doors last November after a five-year delay.