Etihad Museum, which was recently inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, is now open to public. The landmark site is located next to ‘Dar Al Etihad’ or Union House – the historic site where the UAE declaration was first signed in 1971. Most of you must have seen the iconic flag pole and the giant flag on Dubai’s Jumeirah Beach Road. This is a historic place where the Founding Fathers of the UAE signed a declaration uniting the seven Emirates to form one Nation – The United Arab Emirates. The Etihad Museum is just a few steps away from the 123 metre iconic flag pole.
Built on an area covering 2.5 hectares, the Etihad Museum’s building itself is an impressive work of art and beauty, designed in the shape of a manuscript with seven columns that simulate the pen used to sign the declaration of the union in 1971. The museum is managed and operated by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage.
What does the Etihad Museum include?
Etihad Museum helps visitors explore the chronology of events that culminated in the unification of the Emirates in 1971, with a key emphasis on the period between 1968 and 1974. The museum includes permanent and temporary halls, a theatre, educational and recreational areas, library and administration offices. Be it the lavish reception area, the beautifully sculpted walls adorned by the quotes of Founding Fathers, or the 120-seat capacity Union Theatre, each area has a story to tell.
Interactive Exhibition halls and artefacts
Just before entering the exhibition halls, a massive, eye-catching painting, The Chef-d’Oeuvre, or masterpiece by the famous Emirati artist Abdul Qader Al Rais captivates everyone. Once we enter the elegant and spacious exhibition halls, the images of the Founding Fathers, their personal artefacts and interactive screens with historical narrations takes us back into history and show how the Nation emerged and evolved over time. From Sheikh Zayed’s cane, and Sheikh Rashid’s glasses, to passports, daggers and other items, Etihad Museum gives visitors a rare opportunity to look at the personal artefacts of rulers from all 7 Emirates.
The Constitution section
A beautiful golden fresco is elegantly adorned with sentences from the Constitution and a showcase nearby displays a copy of the Constitution signed by the Founding Fathers of the country. Also, two copies of the constitution are available in this section, in Arabic and in English, giving access to all people to view the content. Children can also get a fair idea about the Constitution through an interactive screen that displays the terms of the Constitution in an educational yet entertaining manner.
More than 3,000 political, social and historical books comprise the Museum Library, in addition to a variety of magazines, booklets, CDs and other educational items related to the UAE.
Other events and programmes
Besides exhibitions, the museum will soon be offering a series of educational initiatives and advanced technology and applications designed to elevate and inspire visitors, including school programmes, lectures, workshops, presentations of documentary films and photographs of the UAE’s ruling families.
Café and Restaurant
Etihad Museum houses a café on the lower floor and a restaurant on the upper floor serving hot beverages, snacks and meals to visitors.
Opening Hours – Daily from 10:00 am till 08:00 pm
Tel: +971 4 5155771
Adults – 25 years and over – 25 AED
Students – 5 to 24 years – 10 AED
GROUP 10 persons and above – 20 AED per person
FREE for children below 5 years & for individuals with disabilities.