The project calls for more than a museum, rather for a national monument to values which will evoke an element of contemplation and knowledge absorption and which, by definition, would therefore have a greater spiritual element than the other projects in the district.
A museum conceived to honor the legacy of the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the former UAE President and Ruler of Abu Dhabi who played an instrumental role in the formation of the UAE Federation and was a highly respected international statesman and award-winning environmental pioneer. The Sheikh Zayed National Museum is a proposal to build within the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island - a natural island which lays just 500 meters offshore the UAE's capital city.
The scheme features galleries individually devoted to UAE Heritage, Environment, The Transformation of the Emirates, Unity Through Leadership, and Education. Also includes an education center, theatre, shops and a café and a visitor services area.
The Sheikh Zayed National Museum was designed to be a key asset in Saadiyat Island's Cultural District proposition, which also includes the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi modern and contemporary art museum, the Louvre Abu Dhabi universal museum, a performing arts center, maritime museum and a park with pavilions devoted to culture and the arts.