The Arab World Institute Paris

The Castex Hotel recommand you to visit The Arab World Institute is a cultural institute in Paris dedicated to the Arab world. It is located in the heart of historical Paris, in the 5th arrondissement, on the Place Mohammed V, between the Quai Saint-Bernard and the Jussieu campus.

The building was designed by a group of architects (Jean Nouvel and Architecture-Studio 1) that there has tried a synthesis between Arab culture and western culture.

The construction of this building, although part of the policy of public works intended by François Mitterrand, was decided under the seven-Valéry Giscard d’Estaing to improve diplomatic relations between France and the Arab countries. It was inaugurated on 30 November 1987 by President Mitterrand.

The Institute is a member of the Forum of foreign cultural institutes in Paris and Trade and radio productions (EPRA). It is sometimes called the “Arab Beaubourg”, in reference to the Pompidou Center.