A symbol of a progressive nation
The Zayed National Museum will be the UAE's first national museum featuring the life and achievements of the founding President of the United Arab Emirates, the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The museum, which will bring to life the UAE's rich history, will also serve as a memorial to Shaikh Zayed and is set to stand alongside the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi and the Louvre Abu Dhabi amongst the iconic Saadiyat island Cultural District's institutions.
The museum will showcase Shaikh Zayed's story and the lasting influence of his reforms with permanent gallery displays as well as a dynamic special exhibition programme. The Zayed National Museum will also stand as a symbol of the modernity of the UAE, and its rapid progression over the past forty years.
The museum is designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners, following an international competition. The museum emerges from a landscaped oasis, which celebrates Shaikh Zayed's legacy of 'greening the desert'. The design of the museum draws inspiration from falconry, a powerful symbol in the UAE and part of its cultural heritage and way of life, with five towers reminiscent of the wing tips of the birds.
The Zayed National Museum has been founded in the spirit of Shaikh Zayed's work on behalf of Emiratis and people everywhere. It will be a place for all, reflecting Shaikh Zayed's renowned warmth, which he extended to people from all walks of life.
At a glance
- Serves as a memorial to the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, founding President of the United Arab Emirates
- Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect, Lord Norman Foster of Foster + Partners
- Permanent gallery displays as well as a dynamic special exhibition programme
- Education centre, theatre
- Retail outlets and cafe
- Beautifully landscaped gardens
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