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Zayed National Museum

A symbol of a progressive nation


Pritzker-Prize winning firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Lord Norman Foster, designed the Zayed National Museum following an international design competition featuring twelve leading architectural firms from ten different countries.

“Architecturally, the aim has been to combine a highly efficient, contemporary form with elements of traditional Arabic design and hospitality to create a museum that is sustainable, welcoming and of its place.”
Lord Norman Foster


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 building is designed to minimise energy usage by incorporating natural ventilation and lighting in the five towers using heat exchange technologies.

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Zayed National Museum will be the UAE's first national museum. In addition to bringing the UAE’s rich history to life, it will also highlight the life and achievements of the founding President of the nation, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world.

The museum will showcase Sheikh Zayed's story and the lasting influence of his reforms, with permanent gallery displays as well as a dynamic special exhibition programme. Zayed National Museum will also stand as a symbol of the modernity of the UAE, and its rapid progression over the years.

Zayed National Museum has been founded in the spirit of Sheikh Zayed's work on behalf of Emiratis and people everywhere. It will be a place for all, reflecting Sheikh Zayed's renowned warmth, which he extended to people from all walks of life.

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Zayed National Museum 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
  • Beautifully landscaped gardens
  • Retail outlets and cafe

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Quick Contact

  • For general enquiries about Zayed National Museum contact

    Flora Alipio: falipio@tdic.ae

  • For Zayed National Museum press enquiries contact
    Emma Cantwell: ecantwell@tdic.ae

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