Queen Elizabeth unveils museum project in Abu Dhabi

ABU DHABI — Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is officially launching a British-designed project to build a new national museum in the United Arab Emirates.

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Published: Thu 25 Nov 2010, 1:03 PM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:10 PM

The ceremony in Abu Dhabi on Thursday comes near the end of her first visit in more than 30 years to the UAE, which was a British protectorate before achieving statehood in 1971.

The queen unveiled the design for the new Shaik Zayed National Museum on Saadiyat Island off Abu Dhabi. The project is designed by British architects and backed by the British Museum.

The museum will be part of a cultural complex that will include branches of the Guggenheim and Louvre museums.

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