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Etihad Museum

Coordinates: 25°14′N 55°16′E / 25.23°N 55.26°E / 25.23; 55.26
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Etihad Museum
متحف الإتحاد
Former name
Union House
Established2 December 2016
Location1 Jumeira Road, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Coordinates25°14′N 55°16′E / 25.23°N 55.26°E / 25.23; 55.26
TypeHistory museum
ArchitectMoriyama and Teshima Architects

The Etihad Museum (Arabic: متحف الاتحاد), historically called the Union House (Arabic: دار الاتحاد) and formerly as the al-Diyafah Palace and the Jumeirah Guesthouse,[1] is a museum in Dubai, United Arab Emirates that 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.[2] The historic signing of the Constitution of the United Arab Emirates, the raising of the first UAE flag, and the formation of the United Arab Emirates as a country on 2 December 1971 took place within the area that forms the museum today. The museum is designed as a document to signify the signing of the UAE constitution. It costs 25 AED (6.81 USD) for an adult to visit it.


The first version of the UAE constitution bearing six signatures of the seven UAE founding fathers

The museum encompasses the Union house, the location where the emirate's founding fathers signed a declaration that marked the formation of the UAE in 1971 – it is now part of the museum complex.[3]


The museum was designed by Moriyama & Teshima Architects in the shape of a manuscript, with seven columns built into the museum to resemble the pens used to sign the original declaration. The building has eight permanent pavilions:[4]

Pavilion One: Shows a documentary film about the history of the UAE.

Pavilion Two: Houses a panoramic interactive map highlighting the era before the formation of the federation.

Pavilion Three: An interactive timeline that demonstrates key historical events before the union.

Pavilion Four: An interactive guide to the formation of the union.

Pavilion Five: A homage to the important moments and challenges confronted the founding fathers before 1971.

Pavilion Six: This is dedicated to the UAE Constitution and includes the actual declaration itself.

Pavilion Seven: The final pavilion is an open gallery celebrating the newborn nation.

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  1. ^ "Look: UAE in pictures in 1971, the year in which country was formed". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2022-12-11.
  2. ^ Ghazal, Rym (5 January 2017). "Etihad Museum opening in Dubai to tell the story of the UAE". The National. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  3. ^ Time Out Dubai staff (5 January 2017). "Etihad Museum open to the public on Saturday January 7". Time Out Dubai. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  4. ^ McFarlane, Nyree (4 December 2016). "The new Etihad Museum opens to the public next month". What's On Dubai. UAE. Retrieved 7 January 2020.