Hey everyone, welcome or welcome back to Maya’s Life and Travels. Sorry I haven’t posted in a while I have just been really busy and didn’t have time to write or post anything. The other day I went to Etihad Museum in Dubai and I really wanted to share some of my highlights from the museum with you guys! The Etihad Museum holds everything from personal artefacts and old passports of the rulers of the UAE. The historic signing of the Constitution of United Arab Emirates, the raising of the nation’s first ever flag and the formation of the United Arab Emirates as an actual country on the 2nd December 1971 (after declaring independence from Great Britain) took place where the museum is today. In this post I am going to share how much it is to go to the museum, opening hours, some of the key highlights of the museum and some fabulous pictures! Alright, let’s get started!
- Adults – 25 AED (Dirhams)
- Groups of 10 or more – 20 AED (per ticket)
- Students (5 – 24) – 10 AED
- Free for children under 5 and people of determination
- Open daily 10am – 8pm
- Last entry: 7pm
- Guided tours: 12pm – 5pm
The Etihad Museum showcases the belongings of the Founding Fathers of the Seven Emirates of the UAE. It showcases some of their personal belongings such as their watches, kandooras, gold coins, copies of the Holy Quran, glasses, guns and much more. As well as giving us an insight of their belongings the museum also gives us an introduction to each ruler as well. In addition, we also get an insight of the founding father’s family trees and amazing video clips and special pictures!
These photos in the museum showcase the early years of the UAE, how it was before unification, the challenges the founding fathers faced, the stories of the union and it also shares a light on major events that happened during the founding of the UAE. Some examples of this are in the 4th picture where the UAE flag was raised for the first time when the union was founded.
The museum showcases some amazing famous quotes of the founding fathers which are displayed on the sides of the museum. The calligraphy is by Wissam Shawkat.
From the outside of the museum you can see the Union House which is the building the UAE was founding in on the 2nd December 1971. The union house is where the UAE’s first flag was raised in 1971 to mark the formation of the union. The constitution of the UAE was signed in this building by the Founding Fathers of the UAE. A copy of the constitution is available at the Etihad Museum.
In 1968, the British made a decision that it would withdraw its involvement in the Trucial States. On February 18, 1968, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Ruler of Dubai met in the desert in a tent (traditional Bedu – style) and made a decision to found a union. Sheikh Rashid ordered Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum to come back to the UAE from England to arrange the important meeting in the desert so no one could see. Following his fathers advice, Sheikh Mohammed pitched 2 tents for the meeting away from the evil eyes of people. Sheikh Zayed wanted Sheikh Rashid to be the President of the Union but he insisted that Sheikh Zayed to be the President of the Union. The meeting took place in Arqoob Al Sederah which is between the Emirates of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The dream of the Union then became reality 3 years later when six of the seven emirates (RAK, Ras Al Khaimah, decided to join the UAE later) to become an independent country called the United Arab Emirates.
Have you ever been to Etihad Museum or do you plan to go? What is your favourite place in the museum from this post? Thank you so much for reading and signing off for today!