©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Front of Building and Water


©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Aerial view of Building


As the crown jewel of the Al Ain Wildlife Park, the Estidama five pearls rated and LEED platinum certified learning center features interpretive displays and educational exhibits that offer cultural wisdom, historical context and modern measures of sustainable practices related to wildlife preservation and habitat restoration.

©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Woman and Boy

As the largest attraction of its type in the Gulf, the guest circulation experience is designed for ease of mobility and accessibility along with shade and covered seating at viewing nodes and overlooks. The topography and landscape design creates key habitat conditions and micro-climates to safeguard endangered species within a natural context. An array of resource-efficient design elements including cut-off lighting, indigenous xeriscaping and high-albedo materials that contribute to a reduced heat island effect support the project’s mission of conservation.

EDSA placed high priority on environmental, cultural and economic stewardship in creating a landmark educational environment that highlights nature’s diversity and provides the more than 1 million annual visitors with a comprehensive and immersive experience of the natural world.

  • ©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Grass Steps and Building
  • ©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Building Shade
  • ©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Pathway
  • ©EDSA | Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre | Side of Building and Plants

Project Details

    • Location Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
    • Client Al Ain Zoo & Aquarium Public Corporation
    • Scope Master Planning
      Detailed Design
      Construction Administration Services
    • Scale 15.25 Acres