Abu Dhabi's Department of Culture and Tourism has advised that the Zayed National Museum will open in 2021, nine years after its initial planned opening date.
Conceived in memory of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding President of the United Arab Emirates, will institution was conceived to tell the story of the region's history and its cultural connections with countries around the world.
First announced in 2007 as one of three major museums planned for Saadiyat Island's Cultural District in Abu Dhabi, the museum, designed by architects Foster + Partners, is, according to Abu Dhabi’s Department of Culture and Tourism, now on track to open to the public in 2021.
While the Louvre Abu Dhabi opened in 2017, work on the Guggenheim is yet to begin.
According to the Department of Culture and Tourism, the 44,000 metre² attraction will function as a centre for archaeological and heritage research, as well as delivering an educational program that is aligned with the UAE's school curriculum.