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In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

The venue will showcase the story of the late founder and will provide a comprehensive overview of the natural and human history of the UAE

In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

The venue will showcase the story of the late founder and will provide a comprehensive overview of the natural and human history of the UAE

In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

Cultural island: The 44,000 sq m museum was announced in 2007 as one of three major museums planned for Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District - the adjacent Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in 2017 while construction on the neighbouring Guggenheim is yet to begin.

In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

Steel Towers: The Zayed National Museum’s design, by acclaimed British architects Foster and Partners, revolves around a striking cluster of five soaring steel towers inspired by the wings of the falcon – the UAE’s national symbol.

In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

Pod-shaped galleries: The building’s ground floor will boast two galleries showcasing the life of UAE founder Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, while the first floor will feature four pod-shaped galleries detailing the history of the country. Courtesy: ITP Media Group

In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

Pearl collection: The museum’s collection will include the oldest pearl in the world, which was found on Marawah Island last year, as well as a necklace given by Sheikh Zayed to Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum during her visit to Abu Dhabi in 1971.

In pictures: The Zayed National Museum in the UAE capital

Educational focus: The museum will give special attention to public education, with an educational programme currently being developed in alignment with the UAE’s school curriculum. Zayed National Museum will also function as a centre for archaeological and heritage research.