Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre

An Expedition Through Time & Space

Situated in the heart of Al Ain Zoo, the Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre (SZDLC) is an important educational facility that combines knowledge and learning through interactive exhibits, multimedia and visual materials that have been specially designed by world-class experts and specialists.


The centre consists of five interactive galleries: Sheikh Zayed Tribute Hall, Abu Dhabi’s Desert over Time, Abu Dhabi’s Living World, People of the Desert and Looking to the Future.


Open to the public for tours, visitors get taken on a journey through time as stories and movies take them to the past, present and future of the UAE, to reconsider their relationship with the environment and encourage them to communicate with it and to adopt more to sustainable lifestyles.


The SZDLC is an architecturally complex building, with multiple levels and many possible circulation patterns. The size of the centre, the diversity of the audience and the nature of the content allows for a huge variety of experiences. The centre incorporates a full range of interpretive media that includes immersive environments, audio-visual interactive exhibits, stylised sculpture and models, specimen collections, graphics and large-scale theatre.


The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is the first building in the UAE that gets a sustainability rating of five pearls and also received a LEED Platinum certification.

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