Institut du monde arabe


The Institute of the Arab World, located on Place Mohammed V in the fifth arrondissement of Paris, is a cultural institute opened in 1988 as a partnership between France and 22 Arab countries (Algeria, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Djibouti, Egypt, UAE, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Somalia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia and Yemen) wanted by François Mitterrand. It was created to raise awareness and spread Arab culture in France and foster cooperation, communication and cultural exchanges between France and the Arab world.


The north facade of the building is facing towards the center of Paris and fits the architecture of the old city. While the south façade of the building shows the historical themes of Arab geography, with 240 moucharabiehs which vary depending on the sunlight, while opening and closing each time change. The Institute of the Arab world has a library, a terrace restaurant with a panoramic view of the city of Paris, a museum located in three different floors of the institute exponent permanent works to the public. Similarly, temporary exhibitions are regularly held at the Institute of the Arab World to introduce visitors to the historical heritage of the Arab countries.


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