Get inspired by the story of the UAE founding in Etihad Museum
Etihad Museum, Dubai
Art & Culture
Opposite to popular thought, the name Etihad Museum has nothing to do with the Etihad airlines. Etihad is translated to “union” in Arabic. The iconic museum building is situated at the very place where the UAE was founded in 1971 and was designed by Moriyama and Teshima Architects, a Canadian firm which has a background of collaborating with visionary partners to build inspiring and enduring spaces that transform communities and reinforce civic identity.
There are 3 integral parts to the Etihad Museum which are “The Union House, the Guest House, and the Visitor’s Pavilion”. All of these parts produce together permanent and temporary exhibitions, a library, a theatre, an interactive timeline with maps and videos an educational area, and easy-going recreational space. The interactive programs are especially interesting as it educates visitors on the rights, opportunities, and responsibilities the constitution bestows upon the people of the UAE.
The Union house is the location where the emirate's founding fathers signed a declaration that marked the formation of the UAE. Each detail of the construction, a magnificent structure of 25.000 sqm, was designed to give values which, in 1971, led to the union of seven Emirates in one nation.
Etihad Museum collects, preserves, and displays the heritage of the United Arab Emirates in the areas of social, political, cultural, scientific, and military history. It holds everything from old passports to personal artifacts of the rulers of United Arab Emirates. The historic signing of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, the raising of the first UAE flag.
The Etihad Museum offers its visitors a unique journey to the past. This museum is an incredible project that aims to revive, in a grand style, a memory of the country.
Here you can get to know more about nation’s constitution, in particular - the rights, privileges, and responsibilities that it bestows upon the people of the UAE. In pavilion 7 you can see the actual declaration itself! Impressive architecture creates an embracing circular structure, confirmed to leave you looking at it for a few minutes.
Near the flagpole is a body of water designed to match the shape of the original shoreline at the time the union of UAE was considered.
Don't miss this beautiful and unique creation to see how the UAE looked in the past.
What you need to know
- If you're going in a taxi, ask them to drop you at the Union House. The museum is located on Jumeirah Road along Route D94. Since this is a new museum, not too many people are aware of it
- External and internal parking spaces have been provided to facilitate visits
Available during the:
Afternoon (12:00 - 17:00)
1 to 4 hours