Abu Dhabi and Zayed National Museum award AED1m Research Fund

Abu Dhabi And Zayed National Museum Award Aed1m Research Fund

Discover the profound impact of the Zayed National Museum Research Fund in preserving UAE’s cultural heritage. Meet the esteemed recipients and delve into their groundbreaking projects.

In 2023, the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with the Zayed National Museum initiated the Zayed National Museum Research Fund. This fund serves as a beacon of knowledge, aimed at illuminating the rich tapestry of the UAE’s culture and history, inspired by the visionary leadership of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Let’s embark on a journey to explore the diverse projects undertaken by the recipients of this prestigious grant.

Zayed National Museum Research Fund

Honoring Sheikh Zayed’s Enduring Legacy

Under the guidance of His Excellency Mohammed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, the Zayed National Museum Research Fund was established to uphold the timeless values and traditions of Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. Through scholarly endeavors and international collaboration, the fund aims to perpetuate Sheikh Zayed’s profound influence on the UAE’s cultural landscape.

Abu Dhabi And Zayed National Museum Award Aed1m Research Fund (1)

Unveiling the Recipients and Their Projects

  1. Dr. Mohamed Almarri (UAE): Dr. Almarri, Assistant Professor of Population Genomics, embarks on a groundbreaking journey to reconstruct the population history of the UAE using ancient DNA. His project sheds light on prehistorical contacts, unraveling the mysteries of our ancestors.
  2. Maryam Al Shehhi (UAE): As a UAE Permanent Mission to the UN, Maryam Al Shehhi explores the melodious heritage of the Shihuh tribe in her project, “Book: Music / Sound of the Shihuh”. Through this endeavor, she unveils the soulful rhythms that echo through generations.
  3. Dr. Reynold James (Australia): Dr. James, an Associate Professor at Zayed University, delves into Sheikh Zayed’s profound legacy and its enduring impact on the UAE’s society and culture. His project promises to unravel the intricate threads that weave the fabric of Emirati identity.
  4. Dr. Suhaib Alam (India): Dr. Alam’s project, “The journey across India in search of links between India and the Arabian Peninsula – 1820-1971”, traces historical connections between India and the Arabian Peninsula. Through meticulous research, he illuminates the shared heritage of these regions.
  5. Dr. Ran Zhang (China): As an Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Dr. Zhang embarks on a captivating exploration of Chinese ceramic finds from the Hussein Collection. His project offers insights into ancient trade routes and cultural exchanges between China and the UAE.
  6. Dr. Seth M.N. Priestman (UK): Dr. Priestman, a Ceramics and Archaeological Finds Specialist, delves into the interpretive value of European factory-made ceramics in the UAE. Through collections-based research, he uncovers narratives hidden within these artifacts.
  7. Professor Lesley Gregoricka (USA): Professor Gregoricka’s project focuses on the early Bronze Age inhabitants of the Al Ain Oasis. Through the lens of anthropology, she examines mobility patterns and cultural dynamics, offering a glimpse into ancient societies.
  8. Professor Ali El Keblawy (Egypt): Professor El Keblawy endeavors to revitalize UAE’s cultural heritage through native plants at the Zayed National Museum. His project exemplifies sustainable practices and the integration of nature into cultural preservation efforts.
  9. Sumaya Al-Weheibi (Oman): Sumaya Al-Weheibi, an International Relations Specialist, uncovers untold stories of women in the Arabian Peninsula during the Silk Road trade. Through her project, “Threads of empowerment”, she celebrates the resilience and contributions of women throughout history.
  10. Dr. Agnieszka Lic (Poland): Dr. Lic’s “Jumeirah Research Project” explores the intricate tapestry of Jumeirah’s cultural heritage. As an Assistant Professor, she brings forth a comprehensive study that enriches our understanding of this vibrant locality.


The Zayed National Museum Research Fund serves as a testament to the unwavering commitment to preserving the cultural heritage of the UAE. Through the pioneering efforts of its recipients, it promises to illuminate the rich tapestry of our history, inspiring future generations to cherish and celebrate our collective legacy.

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