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Foster takes on fellow starchitects in Abu Dhabi

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Foster + Partners has been named on a glittering shortlist in the Sheikh Zayed National Museum competition

Foster + Partners and Norwegian practice Snøhetta are among four practices to be short-listed to design the Sheikh Zayed National Museum in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Japan’s Shigeru Ban, and Canadian firm Moriyama & Teshima also made the shortlist to design the museum, which will form part of the UAE’s massive cultural district on Saadiyat Island.

The Sheikh Zayed National Museum will be 13,000m2 and feature five galleries individually devoted to UAE heritage. It will also include an education centre, a theatre, shops and a café.

When completed, the museum will line up alongside the cultural district’s other star attractions, which will include Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim Abu Dhabi, Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi, Zaha Hadid’s performing arts centre and Tadao Ando’s maritime museum.

The winner of the competition, which was whittled down from 13 contenders, will be announced in December.

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