British Museum Names Gallery after Sheikh Zayed

British Museum Names Gallery after Sheikh Zayed

Friday, 22 June, 2018 - 05:00
Gallery 51 in the British Museum has been renamed the “Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Gallery for Europe and the Middle East”. Niklas Halle'n / AFP
Abu Dhabi - Asharq Al-Awsat
The British Museum has renamed its “History of Agriculture in Europe and the Middle East” department after Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan to acknowledge the UAE founder’s efforts in supporting agricultural diversity in his country and transforming deserts into productive farming systems. The naming comes after an agreement signed between the Department of Culture and Tourism - Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) and the British Museum.

The signing took place on Wednesday in a special event organized at the museum’s headquarters in the British capital. The agreement was inked 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.

Under this agreement, Gallery 51 shall be renamed “The Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan Gallery for Europe and the Middle East”, and will explore the history of farming in the Middle East and the resulting social, cultural and economic progress that formed the modern world.

The renaming acknowledges Sheikh Zayed's lifelong commitment to heritage and culture.

On the other hand, a special corner at the Sheikh Zayed gallery explores the development of farming between 10,000 BC and 800 BC. The deal also laid the ground for another agreement to borrow important pieces from the British Museum to be displayed at the Sheikh Zayed National Museum which is set to open soon. These borrowed items will be displayed along with the possessions of Zayed Museum and as part of its historic concept.

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