The Zayed Centre is based in Abu Dhabi and it was one of the focal points in Arabian politics during the time of Sheikh Zayed. The centre has witnessed some of the major debates between the Sheikh and world leaders such as Jimmy Carter, Bill Clinton and Jacques Chirac. It was called the think-tank of the League of Arab States because international affairs were often discussed at the site. The Zayed Centre is housed within the Al Bateen district and is at present an extensive museum open to the public.
What is fascinating about the museum is the careful documentation of the Sheikh’s life which is on display here. You will find out more about what type of a character the Sheikh was and how he developed the UAE into what it is at present. Since he is the most prominent leader in UAE’s history Sheikh Zayed’s story is quite amazing. The museum is designed as an Emirates style village but it has the appearance of a once powerful political structure in the gulf. The site is mainly focused on paying homage to the great figure Sheikh Zayed. There is a gallery filled with photographs of the president along with many of the visiting Arabian state dignitaries, royalty and international political leaders. There is also a section full of the late president’s personal memorabilia which include some of his hunting rifles.
Sheikh Zayed loved vehicles and his impressive collection is on display at the centre. Another curious element of the museum is the exhibition of the gifts the president received from all over the world; there are even stuffed cheetahs and lions. The site is open from Sunday all the way through to Thursday and closed on the weekends which are Friday and Saturday. So make sure you arrange for your visit on a day that it is open.
When it comes to accommodation in Abu Dhabi and choosing the right place, you should consider the resorts Abu Dhabi has to offer. There are many locations including Abu Dhabi villas that may suit your needs. For a place close to the Zayed Centre and other attractions take a look at Anantara Sir Bani Yas Island Al Sahel Villas.
Chandrishan Williams is a travel writer who writes under the pen name, Caleb Falcon. He specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+