OUR VISIT AT SHEIKH ZAYED HERITAGE CENTRE

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Plan a day out at Zayed Centre

It had been a while since we wanted to pay a visit to Sheikh Zayed Heritage Centre and yes we finally did for the greatest pleasure of our kids who really enjoyed the visit.

Quietly nested in Al Bateen District, you probably have driven through this centre a couple of times without noticing the heritage centre as the whole district has been under renovation and extension these last five years at least.

However, if you need to plan a cultural outing one of these days with the whole family, it is a great heritage centre to visit.

Once you arrive, it is easy and convenient to park inside. The visit is free of charge and you are more than welcome to try a cup of Arabic coffee or tea once your visit is over.

The enclosure is divided in a couple of traditional buildings and all happens in the main building with two old cars in front of the main door.

Once inside the main building, you will find different rooms including some dedicated to the history of ADCO, of the Emirates Post or of Abu Dhabi Police.

It was actually our first time learning about this history of ADCO – Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Petroleum Operations Ltd. – with a great timeline occupying a whole wall and the main dates featuring the history of the company.

In the Emirates Post room, you will find a huge collection of stamps and envelopes that were created in the Emirates of Abu Dhabi throughout the decades.

Kids will certainly enjoy visiting the Abu Dhabi Police room as you get to see different uniforms worn over time by men and ladies working at Police departments and also the different tools they are using at work from old fashioned phones, radios to guns and more.

The main room is huge and impressive with four different cars taking centre stage. ‘These are the late President’s cherished vehicles – which he often drove through the city without a bodyguard’.


The main room is also filled with many gifts he received from all over the world such as stuffed lions and cheetahs and walls are covered with dated photographs of the late Sheikh Zayed meeting different heads of states from around the world.

The centre is open daily except on Fridays and Saturdays, from 7.30am to 2.30pm.

SHEIKH ZAYED HERITAGE CENTRE | 92, Al Quffal Street, Al Bateen, Abu Dhabi


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