Zayed National Museum

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Zayed National Museum
مَتْحَف زَايِد ٱلْوَطَنِي (in Arabic)
LocationSaadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE
Coordinates24°32′4.43″N 54°25′7.69″E / 24.5345639°N 54.4188028°E / 24.5345639; 54.4188028
TypeNational museum
ArchitectFoster + Partners
WebsiteZayed National Museum

Zayed National Museum (Arabic: مَتْحَف زَايِد ٱلْوَطَنِي‎, romanizedMatḥaf Zāyid Al-Waṭanī) is a planned museum, to be located in Abu Dhabi, the UAE. It is designed as a memorial to the late Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father and first president of the UAE.[1] The museum is planned to be the centrepiece of the Saadiyat Island Cultural District,[2] and will showcase the history, culture, and economic transformation of the Emirates.[3]

The museum is currently under construction and is expected to open in 2021.[4]


The museum has been designed by Foster + Partners with five solar thermal towers that will act as chimneys to draw cool air through the building.[1] The towers are shaped like falcon wings to commemorate Zayed's love of falconry.[3]

In 2009, the Zayed National Museum signed a ten-year contract with the British Museum.[5] The British Museum would assist with curation and loan about 500 of its treasures to the Zayed National Museum. According to The New York Times, the British Museum thinks that it is unlikely that any items will be loaned under the current contract, which ends in 2019. In June 2018, a new partnership was announced between the British Museum and Zayed National Museum.[6]

The Museum is currently under construction, although no formal opening date has been announced.[7]


  1. ^ a b, Foster + Partners /. "Zayed National Museum | Foster + Partners". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  2. ^ Zendera, Yamurai. "TDIC floats Zayed National Museum tender |". Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  3. ^ a b "Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi Building - e-architect". e-architect. 2010-11-25. Retrieved 2017-11-08.
  4. ^ "Zayed National Museum to open in Abu Dhabi in 2021". What's On Dubai. 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2019-11-23.
  5. ^ "British Museum to help launch Zayed National Museum in Abu Dhabi". eTurboNews. July 25, 2009. Retrieved October 24, 2011.
  6. ^ "British Museum rekindles relationship with Zayed National Museum after loan deal ended last year". 21 June 2018. Retrieved 4 August 2020.
  7. ^ "New video shows progress on Abu Dhabi's stunning Zayed National Museum". 19 November 2019. Retrieved 4 August 2020.

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