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Zayed National Museum allocates AED1 million to support research on UAE culture, history: How to apply


Abu Dhabi: The Zayed National Museum, the UAE national museum currently under construction on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi, has announced an annual allocation of AED 1 million to support research into the culture and history of the UAE, as well as the late The legacy of Herzayed bin Sultan al-Nahyan, the founding father of the UAE.

Funding priorities for the grant include research on Sheikh Zayed’s role in driving social, cultural and economic impact; UAE history and archaeology; and the country’s intangible heritage, including oral histories of traditions, stories and songs.


The grant will also focus on the UAE’s engagement with the rest of the Arabian Peninsula and Indian Ocean world, from prehistory to recent times.

The funding scheme aims to support both large and small grants to foster the research ecosystem in the UAE and empower a new generation of academics.

Application Deadline: July 15

Researchers have until July 15, 2023 to apply, and grants will be announced in September. This funding is renewable for up to three consecutive years.

Applications will be reviewed by a panel of representatives from the Zayed National Museum and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism, as well as external subject matter experts, who will make decisions based on criteria such as the applicant’s research methodology, experience, outcomes and relevance to the museum’s mission.

Saood Abdulaziz Al Hosani, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism, Abu Dhabi, said: “The establishment of the Zayed National Museum Research Fund reflects our commitment to promoting and preserving our culture and heritage.

“This initiative aims to uncover the vast untold story of our late founder, Sheikh Zayed, and allow us to understand his profound impact on the progress and development of our country. We are deeply committed to empowering the next generation power, enabling them to carry forward his enduring legacy and legacy, fostering a sense of pride and commitment for future generations.”


Dr Peter Magee, Director of the Zayed National Museum, said: “The fund reaffirms our commitment to research and promote Emirati culture, history and heritage by inspiring established and junior researchers to dig deeper, discover and share the Emirati story with the world. We are delighted to share this opportunity with all researchers interested in contributing to knowledge creation and exploring the lasting impact of Sheikh Zayed on the country he founded and the region as a whole.”

Interested researchers can find out more by contacting the team: research@zayednationalmuseum.ae.

The construction of the Zayed National Museum has achieved important milestones, including the completion of its unique wing structure. The unique atrium is designed to represent the wings of a falcon, a symbol of the UAE’s national heritage – demonstrating how Emirati culture and heritage are woven into the very essence of the museum.

rich history

The Zayed National Museum is the national museum of the United Arab Emirates. Located in the heart of Abu Dhabi’s Saadiyat Cultural District, it celebrates the rich history, culture and stories of the UAE and the timeless values ​​of the country’s founder, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, whose enduring example continues guides this country and its people today.

Through exhibitions, research and public programmes, the Zayed National Museum explores the origins of the values ​​that Sheikh Zayed embodied throughout his life, and their lasting impact on the nation he founded.

Ministry of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi:

Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism (DCT Abu Dhabi) promotes the sustainable development of Abu Dhabi’s culture and tourism sector and its creative industries, driving economic progress and helping to realize Abu Dhabi’s wider global ambitions.

By partnering with organizations that define DCT Abu Dhabi as a leading international destination, DCT Abu Dhabi strives to unite the ecosystem around a shared vision of DCT Abu Dhabi’s potential, coordinate efforts and investments, deliver innovative solutions, and use support for culture, tourism and the best tools, policies and systems for creative industries.

DCT Abu Dhabi’s vision is defined by the emirate’s people, heritage and landscape. We are committed to elevating Abu Dhabi’s status as a place of authenticity, innovation and unparalleled experiences, represented by its living tradition of hospitality, pioneering innovation and creative thinking. Visit: dctabudhabi.ae and visitabudhabi.ae


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