The renaming acknowledges Sheikh Zayed’s lifelong commitment to heritage and culture.
A gallery at the British Museum has been renamed after the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, it was announced on Wednesday. ‘The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Gallery for Europe and the Middle East’ explores the history of farming in the Middle East and the resulting social, cultural, and economic progress that formed the modern world.
The agreement was signed by Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), and Hartwig Fischer, Director of the British Museum, during a ceremony held at the British Museum in London.
Al Mubarak said: “The renaming of this gallery – one that explores the history and heritage of the Middle East, and the lasting impact that an industry can have on the world – highlights the significant role that Sheikh Zayed played in the preservation and protection of our unique cultural heritage.”
The renaming acknowledges Sheikh Zayed’s lifelong commitment to heritage and culture. An active supporter of the first archaeological excavations in the Emirates over 50 years ago, he was responsible for the founding of the Al Ain Museum, the oldest in the UAE, at the time of the creation of the Federation. A believer in international and inter-governmental cultural dialogue, Sheikh Zayed also built cultural connections with countries around the world.
Located on the upper floor of the British Museum, the gallery explores the development of farming between 10,000 – 800 BC.
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