"The French Alliance is an association opened to culture and civilizations, with a presence in five continents. It is the largest linguistic and cultural multinational in the world, the mission of which is to open up the borders of French language and culture, with respect for the diversity of local cultures. The French Alliance 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 network has a presence in 136 countries and includes more than 1,000 French Alliances which welcome nearly 500,000 students throughout the world."