Zayed National Museum



People’s lives were shaped by the resources they found, which they learned to use, cultivate and trade. Archaeological and historical material will show how people transformed them: mining, smelting and exporting copper; digging tunnels to channel water through the falaj; developing oasis gardens; domesticating the camel.

Sheikh Zayed recognised that sustainable use of resources was as important today as in the past. He knew that oil was a finite resource. His answer was to pursue diversification and the UAE is now a leader in sustainable development, funding research in alternative energy sources and green technology.

"On land and in the sea, our forefathers lived and survived in this environment. They were able to do so because they recognised by instinct and because of their sensitivity to issues relating to their land the need to conserve it." Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan