How the Louvre Abu Dhabi Localizes for Multilingual Visitors: Interview with Dr. Nabiha Maktabi - Multilingual Connections

How the Louvre Abu Dhabi Localizes for Multilingual Visitors: Interview with Dr. Nabiha Maktabi

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Translation services enable museums and cultural institutions around the world to make authentic, culturally sensitive content accessible to diverse local communities as well as international visitors. By localizing content for multilingual audiences, museums are able to enhance inclusion and accessibility. In recent years, we’ve seen few better examples than the Louvre Abu Dhabi, where all exhibits are available in English, Arabic, and French. Inaugurated in 2017, the museum is renowned for its breathtaking architecture, remarkable permanent collection, and world-class temporary exhibitions.

We recently had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Nabiha Maktabi, the principal translator and editor at the Louvre Abu Dhabi. In this video, we learn about her background as a translator, the unique challenges of museum translation, and discuss the future of museum services.

Here are some timestamps to help you navigate:

00:35 – How she got interested in translation

03:05 – First day at the Louvre Abu Dhabi

05:35 – Why museum translation is unique

09:05 – The challenges of exhibit localization

12:05 – Trends in museum translation

14:15 – What motivates you? What does the world need more of?

Exhibit labels are in Arabic, French, and English at the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
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