About Sheikh Zayed Learning Center
The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre is an integral part of the development of the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort. The whole project involves the redevelopment of the 40-year old Al Ain Zoo to include a wildlife themed safari, destination resort, retail and residential communities. Located adjacent to the future main entrance of the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort, the Centre will be an exhibition and exploration of the natural and cultural history of the Arabian deserts, as well as deserts worldwide.
The building is a sculpture that affords multiple spatial experiences. A kinetic architectural promenade gives the building its ultimate form that responds to the imposing mass of Jebel Hafeet, a theatrical backdrop to the wildlife park. The idea of geographic strata has been expressed through the building’s system of ramps and multiple levels. Nestled into the land and plantings, the building further emulates the natural world.