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.