To understand life in the UAE is to understand the faith of its people. In this gallery images, artefacts and ideas are intermingled to convey the ways in which Islamic faith infuses every aspect of life. Sheikh Zayed was a profoundly religious leader and his humanitarianism was based on the tenets of Islam. His beliefs shaped his vision for the nation and the process by which it was realised.
Providing a contemplative space, the displays will explore the Holy Qur’an, the life of the Prophet Muhammad, and religious practice as expressed through beautifully calligraphed manuscripts, tiles, models of mosques and other honoured objects. It will also reveal Islam’s acceptance of other faiths. The lives of Sheikh Zayed and ordinary Emiratis will be presented through an exposition of the Five Pillars of Islam: photographs, films and spoken recordings will show how faith shapes the everyday existence of the UAE.