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Q3'19 construction start for UAE's Al Ain Museum of Archaeology

Dubai-based Dabbagh Architects reveals design proposal for project located next to 7,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis

The UAE's Al Ain based Museum of Archaeology.
Middle East Architect
The UAE's Al Ain based Museum of Archaeology.

Dubai-based Dabbagh Architects has revealed its design for Al Ain Museum of Archaeology, located next to the 7,000-year-old Al Ain Oasis, and according to company founder, Sumaya Dabbagh, the proposal “recognises the literal and symbolic significance of the oasis as a source of life and prosperity for Al Ain”.

Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in the third quarter of this year, with completion slated for Q4 2020.

In a Middle East Architect report, Dabbagh added that the upcoming development seeks to reestablish its connection with the existing museum, creating a new addition that respects the older structures.

According to the architect, the museum’s site contains two historically significant structures: the mud-brick Sultan Fort built in 1910 by Sheikh Sultan bin Zayed — son of Sheikh Zayed the First — and Al Ain National Museum’s current structure, built as a part of HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan’s vision in 1971.

Fusing the early build forms with a modern rework, the architects proposed a design consisting of a series of small closely-knit buildings across the ground floor. With a majority of the museum’s facilities located underground, the design would allow minimal impact to the surroundings, and maintain visual connection to the oasis.

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