The first Alliance Française was created 132 years ago by French intellectuals such as the diplomat Paul Cambon and the geographer Pierre Foncin, supported by Jules Verne, Louis Pasteur and Ferdinand de Lesseps. The Alliance Française of Abu Dhabi started its activity in 1974. It is presided over by Mr. Sultan Al-Hajji and his board of directors is made up of individuals working on a voluntary basis. The first mission of the Alliance Française is to promote the use of French language and to encourage exchanges between French speaking cultures and all the world's cultures . The Alliance Française organizes cultural events, places where French and francophone cultures ally with local cultures.