Zayed National Museum



Twelve leading architectural firms from ten different countries submitted designs for the Zayed National Museum in an international design competition. The contest was a new initiative for Saadiyat Island that reflected the desire to create a unique and dramatic building in honour of Sheikh Zayed.

The winning design for the Zayed National Museum comes from internationally renowned architects Foster + Partners.

Inspired by the dynamic of flight and the feathers of a falcon, the design reflects Sheikh Zayed's love of falconry and creates an iconic symbol for the nation. Cutting-edge design, materials and construction methods are combined to create a spectacular addition to the Saadiyat Island skyline.

Each steel feather, the tallest of which rises 125 metres, will contain a gallery space where visitors can explore the history and culture of the UAE. The building will be surrounded by water and set within landscaped gardens, creating a destination for all and a worthy tribute to the memory of Sheikh Zayed.

"The prosperity that we have witnessed has taught us to build our country with education and knowledge and nurture generations of educated men and women." The late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.