Latest News

Back to Latest News back

 

Abu Dhabi National Museum edges towards 2021 opening

Abu Dhabi National Museum edges towards 2021 opening
December 31, 2019

Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism has advised that the Zayed National Museum will open in 2021, nine years after its initial planned opening date.

Conceived in memory of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding President of the United Arab Emirates, will institution was conceived to tell the story of the region's history and its cultural connections with countries around the world.

First announced in 2007 as one of three major museums planned for Saadiyat Island's Cultural District in Abu Dhabi, the museum, designed by architects Foster + Partners, is, according to Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, now on track to open to the public in 2021.

While the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in 2017, work on the Guggenheim is yet to begin.

According to the Department of Culture and Tourism, the 44,000 metre² attraction will function as a centre for archaeological and heritage research, as well as delivering an educational program that is aligned with the UAE's school curriculum.

Foster + Partners' aim in designing the museum was to combine a highly efficient, contemporary form with elements of traditional Arabic design.

To achieve this, the building has mound at its base that could appear to have formed naturally on the ground inside of which the galleries will be housed.

Through being dug into the earth in this way, the main body of the building harnesses the ground's thermal properties, helping to regulate the internal temperature of the gallery, performance, shop and cafe spaces it contains.

Built on into the top of the mound will be five curved and angled steel towers inspired by the wings of a falcon - the UAE's national symbol.

The towers are sculpted aerodynamically with air vents at the top to draw hot air out of the building, with fresh air is captured at low level and drawn through buried ground-cooling pipes into the museum.

The museum will be set within a landscaped garden that is based on the timeline of Sheikh Zayed's life and two of its galleries will focus on his life.

Images show Foster + Partners’ concepts for the Zayed National Museum, now set to open in 2021.

Related Articles

17th December 2019 - Warner Bros World Abu Dhabi gains confirmation as world’s largest indoor theme park

18th October 2019 - Work advances on Abu Dhabi’s Yas Bay entertainment and lifestyle precinct

30th July 2019 - Abu Dhabi announces massive funding for events and entertainment

13th May 2019 - ‘Perfect’ desert wellness retreat opens in Abu Dhabi

26th April 2019 - Delayed Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project now set for 2022 opening

18th December 2018 - Laservision creates immersive experience on Abu Dhabi’s Reem Island

26th June 2018 - Abu Dhabi developers look for Yas Island to become top global leisure destination

11th April 2018 - Abu Dhabi reveals new city wide ticketing system

6th January 2018 - Builder announced to deliver Abu Dhabi’s multipurpose Yas Arena

10th December 2017 - Dubai Parks and Zayed University encourage young Emiratis to consider leisure industry careers

12th November 2017 - Louvre Abu Dhabi opens to the public

16th August 2017 - Abu Dhabi named safest city in the world

18th May 2017 - Officials insist Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be built

12th May 2017 - Louvre Abu Dhabi to finally open in November

24th November 2016 - Sea let in as Louvre Abu Dhabi slowly moves towards opening

24th May 2016 - No start date for Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project

24th March 2016 - Cultural events season leads in to Louvre Abu Dhabi opening

30th March 2012 - Dubai plans Opera House and Modern Art Museum

19th December 2008 - Culture and Heritage Projects in the UAE top US $51 billion


Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at www.ausleisure.com.au is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.

 

supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all

Sportybots

We are the leading providers of kids fun multi-sports programs for Sport and Recreation Centres. Programs cover twelve common sports as well as Gross Motor Skill Development and suit children from as…

read more

Fitness / Play / Recreation / Sport / Wellness

 
 

AlphaFit

AUSTRALIAN MADE. FIT FOR PURPOSE. AlphaFit is a 100% Australian owned family company manufacturing gear specifically for the strength and conditioning, functional fitness and high-performance…

read more

Fitness / Recreation / Sport / Technology / Wellness

 
 

Altitude Training Systems

ATS are global leaders in altitude training and research. From mask systems and inflatable tents to simulated altitude facilities, we help all athletes gain the competitive edge. Our…

read more

Fitness / Sport / Technology

 
 

SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues

 
 

LIFE FLOOR (Aus & NZ)

Our team believes floors should be beautiful, comfortable, and engineered for safety, even when wet. Life Floor tiles meet six unique performance based standards: slip-resistance, impact absorption,…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Recreation / Safety / Surfaces

 
 

The P.A. People

The P.A. People is a specialist integrator and contractor in sound reinforcement, audio visual systems, performance lighting and production communications. Over its almost 50 year history the company…

read more

Entertainment / Events / Sport / Technology / Venues

 
 

BioLab Australia Pty Ltd

BioGuard is Australia and New Zealand’s most trusted supplier of premium, innovative and affordable commercial water treatment systems and chemicals. BioGuard offers a comprehensive range of…

read more

Aquatics / Technology / Waterparks

 
 

Worldwide Sports Management

Principal Consultant Simon Weatherill has spent the last 20 years developing the world renowned Melbourne Sports Hub, as former Chief Executive Officer of the State Sports Centres Trust…

read more

Aquatics / Consultants / Recreation / Sport / Venues

 
 
 
 

get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business