The 39-Foot Dinosaur That’s 67 Million Years Old, Coming Soon to Uae

Published: March 25, 2022
Updated: March 25, 2022
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The world-famous ‘Stan,’ a 39-foot-long (11.7-meter) and 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, will be displayed in Abu Dhabi’s new museum on Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District. The Abu Dhabi Media Office (ADMO) made the announcement on Wednesday.

The world-famous ‘Stan,’ a 39-foot-long Dinosaur(11.7-meter) and 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex, will be displayed in Abu Dhabi’s new museum on Saadiyat Island’s Cultural District.

The Abu Dhabi Media Office (ADMO) made the announcement on Wednesday.

Stan is also one of the best-preserved and most studied fossils of this iconic predator from the late Cretaceous period.

39-Foot Dinosaur

On October 6, 2020, Stan vanished from Christie’s auction for $31.8 million, but the buyer remained unknown, and no information about the rare piece that sold was available.

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The mystery, however, was solved. Stan was on his way to Abu Dhabi, where he would be displayed in the city’s new Museum, a 377,000 square-foot structure under construction on Saadiyat Island.

On Wednesday, Abu Dhabi announced the construction of a new museum, the Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2025. When it opens, Stan will be one of the main attractions.

The new museum, which is said to be the region’s largest of its kind, will take visitors on a 13.8 billion-year journey through time and space, from the beginnings of the universe to a glimpse of its possible future.

Along with Stan, a Murchison Meteorite specimen will be included in the new museum’s collection. It crashed more than 40 years ago in Australia and contained the oldest material ever discovered on Earth.

The Natural History Museum in Abu Dhabi will also present, for the first time in the Middle East, the history of life on Earth through an Arab lens, with the visitor’s journey including the region’s fauna, flora, and geological history.

The Mecanoo architectural firm designed the museum, which will span over 35,000 square meters. The design is inspired by natural rock formations, which reflects the museum’s mission to connect the public with the natural world.

The museum will also provide job opportunities in Abu Dhabi as well as on a national and regional scale.

A wonderful world that teaches

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi, conceived and developed by the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) in collaboration with Miral, will be a scientific research and teaching institution. 

It will be used as a teaching tool for students to learn about the Earth’s evolving story.

“Natural history has a new home in Abu Dhabi,” said Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi. A new museum that tells the story of our universe through some of nature’s most incredible wonders. These are awe-inspiring natural gifts that we are proud to share with the world, unlocking millions of years of knowledge to not only advance scientific discovery but also to inspire our children to protect the future of our planet.”

The Natural History Museum Abu Dhabi galleries will transport visitors back in time with immersive displays, curated collections of exceptional specimens, and innovative, interactive mediations. It will tell the story of the universe’s evolution, the formation of the Earth, and the history of life – as well as provide a glimpse into the possible future.

The visitor journey will include local natural assets such as fauna, flora, and the geological history of the region.

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