Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi set for 2025 completion

The Saadiyat Cultural District will host the region’s largest educational and scientific resource

The Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and Miral have said that steady progress is being made on the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi project. ALEC is the main contractor for the project, which is currently 25% complete.

Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, the museum is anticipated to be the largest of its kind in the region, allowing visitors to travel on a 14b-year journey through time and space, from the earliest origins of the universe to a thought-provoking perspective into Earth’s future.

Due to be completed at the end of 2025, it will be a scientific research and teaching institution, as well as an educational resource for learning about the evolving story of our planet, a statement noted.

In early September 2022, Miral said that SeaWorld Abu Dhabi will open in 2023 and, later in the month, it was announced that the UAE’s hotel development pipeline to grow to 48,000 keys by 2030.

Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, the Under-Secretary at DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “The museum will bring a new dimension of educational discovery to the Abu Dhabi community, as an entirely unique cultural attraction that offers visitors and residents endless inspiration.”

Miral CEO Mohamed Abdalla Al Zaabi continued, “Through our partnership with DCT Abu Dhabi, we have been able to make strong progress on the development of this iconic cultural landmark. The museum will provide visitors with an enriching cultural experience to help position Saadiyat as the destination of choice, and Abu Dhabi as a centre for culture, arts, and creativity.

“It also supports the achievement of Saadiyat Vision 2025, which aims to grow domestic, regional, and global visitor numbers, supporting the development of Abu Dhabi’s tourism ecosystem.”

In late October 2022, Aldar announced its lagoons-themed villa community on Saadiyat Island.

The museum will join the diverse cultural institutions and museums located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, which features the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

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