The founding and history of the UAE will be on display at the new Etihad Museum, which opens to the public on Saturday (January 7).
Designed by Moriyana & Teshima Architects and located next to the historic Union House on the Dubai waterfront, it honours the 1971 signing of the document that created the country and celebrates the culture and history of its people.
Through photos, films, documents, collections and interactive pavilions, visitors will be taken on a journey through the UA’s founding an growth.
The Canadian-based architects said: “Much of the museum is underground, including permanent and temporary galleries, theatres, event spaces and archival facilities.
“The dramatic entrance pavilion rests lightly upon a reflecting pool and plaza, its undulating parabolic curves representing the parchment upon which the unification agreement was written and its tapering golden columns representing the pens with which the document was signed.
“The travertine plaza seamlessly migrates into the pavilion, where space flows across terraced viewing platforms and through the delicate latticework of bronze Jali screens.
“Lightwells of varying shapes and sizes illuminate the expansive underground spaces, which in turn lead to the circular Union House, the location of the signing ceremony, and the recreated Guest House where the leaders of the seven member emirates resided during negotiations.
“The surrounding landscape treatment includes the re-establishment of the original 1971 shoreline of Jumeirah Beach, which is represented by a reflecting pool and sandy beachfront.”
Inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai .on December 2, in celebration of the 45th National Day, and visited by rulers from other emirates on that day, the museum is run by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.
“The Etihad Museum tells the story of our Founding Fathers and our journey in the UAE,” said Sheikh Mohammed.
Admission costs to the museum are AED25.
Main image courtesy of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority.