Saturday, July 30, 2005

The Huge Princely Gift

The Louver, the world's largest museum, is to get a new wing to display its vast collection of Islamic art thanks to a 17 million-euro gift by the Saudi Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal bent on mending post-9/11 ties between the West and Arabs.

The gift of the prince, one of the richest individuals on the planet, is one is one of the largest in France's history, French Culture Minister Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres said at a ceremony Tuesday.

Ironically, some Saudis think Prince Al-Waleed is wrong, and he could spend this huge amount of money in his country instead of donating them to the Louver. Prince Al-Waleed is not so popular among conservatives in the country because he always promoted social reform, especially
his stance on women's rights.

[from Saudi Jeans]

honestly i really like Prince Al-Waleed...i just think that he is building a good image for saudis...and even if he is not putting this huge amount of money in his country but at least he is spending it to make the world know his country and religion better.

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While I agree with your idea that the Prine is doing something positive to highlight Saudi culture and its people, I can't help but wonder how much good that money could have gone to in Saudi itself.

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