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Preparatory works for UAE’s Zayed National Museum complete

Preparatory works for the UAE’s Zayed National Museum have been completed, and construction works are due to commence soon, according to sources close to the project

Zayed National Museum's preparatory structural works are complete.
Zayed National Museum's preparatory structural works are complete.

Preparatory works for the UAE’s Zayed National Museum have been completed, and construction works are due to commence soon, according to sources close to the project.

Sam Graham, managing director of Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB), which provided pre-contract cost management services for the museum, told Construction Week that construction works for the development are scheduled to begin soon.

“[The project] has recently restarted, with the intent to [begin] construction and development,” Graham explained.

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A statement issued to Construction Week by Faisal Al Dhahri, who handles public relations and communications for the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (TCA), said: “Zayed National Museum’s preparatory structural works have been completed, and no redesign work is taking place.

“Once construction tenders have been awarded, further details on project timelines will be communicated,” the statement added.

TCA, the authority that is leading the development of Zayed National Museum, did not disclose when the project is expected to break ground.

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As part of a Foster + Partners-led joint venture (JV), RLB provided pre-contract cost management services within the overall design team.

Zayed National Museum is one of three museums that are being developed within the cultural district of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Island. Louvre Abu Dhabi and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be located in the same area.

The development has been designed to celebrate the life of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, and the history and cultural transformation of the UAE.

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