History buffs, we have some great news for you! On Saturday January 7 2017, Dubai’s amazing Etihad Museum will open its doors to the general public.
In case you didn’t know already, the state-of-the-art facility will provide invaluable insight into the history of the United Arab Emirates, pre and post-unification.
Initially dubbed Union Museum, the cultural centre is now being referred to as the Etihad Museum, which is an approximate translation of union or unison.
It will include an interactive pre-union panoramic map, a section on the founding rulers of the UAE a gallery of old photos and historic artefacts, a library with 300 titles, temporary exhibits, seminars and plenty more.
As you can see from the photos, the impressive structure looks like a fountain pen from up in the sky, an homage to the signing of the unification of the Emirates.
Located under the 123-metre tall UAE flagpole on the junction of Jumeirah Road and 2nd of December Street see map below - in front of Al Hudaiba Awards Building), Etihad Museum has been built at the exact point where Emirati leaders met 44 years ago to agree on the formation of the United Arab Emirates.
“Etihad Museum celebrates the dedication and patriotism of our nation’s founders and invites individuals from all walks of life to follow their example in nation building," chairman of Dubai Culture Abdul Rahman Mohammad Al Owais said.
"The museum will focus upon the political history and personal stories at a major event in the nation’s founding — that of the unification of the emirates in 1971.”
All exhibitions, educational programmes and other activities will be managed by Dubai Culture, the same governmental body behind iconic heritage sites such as Al Fahidi District and Hatta Heritage Village.
So if you’re looking for a break from the brunching and beach-bumming this weekend, the Etihad Museum is ready and waiting to boost your cultural knowledge!
From 7 January 2017, it will open daily from 10am to 8pm.
As soon as we know how much tickets are, we will let you know.