An artist's impression of the Zayed National Museum.


New Zayed National Museum to open in Abu Dhabi


DUBAI – The Zayed National Museum will open in 2021, with construction currently underway on Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island, officials have announced.

When completed, Abu Dhabi’s most high-profile project will feature the life and times of the UAE’s founding father, Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the history of the region.

The announcement on the museum’s opening date was made during a site visit by Lt. General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Interior.

Zayed National Museum.

What to expect

The museum’s distinctive solar thermal towers, which look like wings, was inspired by by Sheikh Zayed’s passion for falconry and the rich tradition of this heritage practice in the Gulf. It was designed by Lord Norman Foster, winner of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

The Zayed National Museum will house permanent galleries of national collections alongside loans from leading world museums.

It features an atrium and two galleries on the ground floor. On the first floor, four pod-shaped galleries take the visitor on a journey through the history of the UAE. There is also a 400m landscaped narrative garden exploring key moments in the life of Sheikh Zayed. The garden connects the museum with the sea and other sites of the Cultural District.


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