Top 5 museums transforming Middle East
May 24, 2016
Top 5 museums transforming the Middle East
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi
Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be located in the Cultural District of Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi. Designed by world famous architect Frank Gehry, the 450,000-square-foot museum will house its own major modern and contemporary art collection and present special exhibitions that will include works from the Guggenheim Foundation’s extensive collection. Upon completion, it is set to be the largest Guggenheim in the world and will have a particular focus on Middle Eastern contemporary art.
Louvre Abu Dhabi
Louvre Abu Dhabi is intended to be a place of discovery, exchange and education. The museum will present major objects from the fields of archaeology, fine arts and decorative arts. It will also represent all regions, periods, including contemporary art and the narrative of art history. Louvre Abu Dhabi will focus on the history of world art.
Zayed National Museum, Abu Dhabi
Designed by Pritzker Prize winning architect Lord Norman Foster, the museum will occupy a seat of pride at the heart of the Saadiyat Cultural District. As the national museum of the UAE, the museum will tell the tale of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, his unification of the United Arab Emirates, the history of the region and its cultural connections across the world.
Museum of the Future
Located in the Emirates Towers area in Dubai, this museum is set to open its doors in 2017. In addition to providing a permanent home for the world’s greatest innovations, the museum will work to stimulate imaginative solutions to the challenges of future cities.
The museum’s motto ‘See the future, create the future’ reflects a new approach to government innovation. Rather than just displaying exhibits or publishing reports, the new institution will use design, technology prototyping and foresight to create real examples of change. The museum is the first of its kind, and represents a leading example of entrepreneurial governments embracing change and creating futuristic visions for a better world.
National Museum of Qatar
The National Museum of Qatar is designed by Jean Nouvel and inspired by the desert rose. The museum takes pride in giving voice to the history of the nation while celebrating its future. Innovative presentation techniques will excite audiences and push boundaries. Entire walls will become cinematic screens, individual cocoons will hold oral histories and handheld mobile devices will guide people through thematic displays.