Etihad Museum was officially inaugurated on UAE’s 45th National Day.
During the opening of the museum, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the UAE Armed Forces, recreated a picture from 1971 standing in front of the flag with the leaders of the other emirates.
Residents and tourists will have access to the museum from 7th January 2017
The museum is currently welcoming senior officials and VIP delegations only. Once open to the public, it will operate from 10am to 8pm. There will be educational exhibits and programmes that show the chronological events of the agreement signing and Union declaration in 1971.
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There’s a Dubai Public Library branch within the museum
Visitors will be able to read three thousand different titles on the UAE’s national and social history. There are pictures, movies and documents of the country between the years 1968 to 1974.
The museum complex extends across the Union House building
The Union House has a 123-meter flag pole, a parking building and outdoor parking spots.
Here’s some interesting stuff…
The museum’s new permanent pavilion is inspired by the shape of a manuscript, with seven columns which emulate the pens used to sign the 1971 Union agreement, while the museum’s identity is inspired from the colours of the UAE flag, the Union’s identity and the seven emirates.