Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Client: Tourism Development & Investment Company (TDIC)
Services: Cost Management & Quantity Surveying
The design for the Zayed National Museum comes from internationally renowned architects, Foster + Partners, and tells the story of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan (1918–2004), his unification of the United Arab Emirates, the long history of the region and its cultural connections across the world.
Inspired by the feathers of a falcon, the design reflects Sheikh Zayed’s love for 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 high, 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.
As part of the Foster + Partners design team, RLB provided pre-contract cost management services