The UAE has so much to be proud of – the highest building in the world, the largest carpet on Earth and some of the happiest people you’ll find anywhere. And now there is a place you can go to learn more about just how far this young nation has come.
The Etihad Museum flung open its doors earlier this year, creating a space where visitors can find out about the most significant moments in the UAE’s timeline. It’s located at the very place the emirates were united in 1971 and is a 25,000-square-metre landmark that takes you on a unique journey through exhibitions containing a huge collection of original artefacts to ponder over. We flip open the treasure chest and catalogue our findings…
Your little historians will love exploring the personal effects of the UAE’s founding fathers, including such treasure as passports, pocket watches and even daggers (for the more bloodthirsty).
A journey through the museum incorporates engaging elements at every step, including a 3D hologram screen displaying the historic meeting of the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founder of the UAE, and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, former Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE, at Sayh Al-Sadira, as if they were present in the room. There are also educational games aplenty.
Time for a change
There is always something new to see and the temporary display Emirates to the World: Postal History from 1909 to Unification is a snapshot of the evolution of the UAE’s postal history, which mirrors the growth of the nation. Calling all Postman Pat fans!
Take a tour
A series of educational and public programmes are available to schools and the public, designed to create a welcoming museum experience.
Dhs25 (25 years and above), Dhs10 (ages five to 24), free (under fives). Open daily 10am-8pm. 2nd of December Street, Jumeirah 1, www.etihadmuseum.dubaiculture.ae (04 515 5771).