Etihad Museum, which chronicles the story of the UAE since its birth, opened to the public on 7 January, following its inauguration by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on 2 December 2016, marking the 45th UAE National Day. Run by Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, it takes its visitors on an inspiring journey about the story of the founding of the UAE through photos, films, documents, and interactive pavilions showcasing the political history that led to the unification of the seven emirates.

The building design was inspired by the shape of a manuscript, symbolising the Unification Agreement, with seven columns representing the pens used to sign the Union agreement. Its location is also marked by a flag atop the 123-metre golden pole on Jumeirah Beach Road

His Excellency Saeed Al Nabouda, Acting Director General of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority, said: “The new Etihad Museum team has a responsibility to help inspire citizens and visitors from around the world, and ensure that exhibits not only convey the founding story of the United Arab Emirates but also that the status of the museum is consolidated as a reliable source of historical and national information and heritage.”

The site of the museum is home to the Union House, or Dar Al Etihad, where in 1971 the rulers of the individual emirates signed a declaration that marked the formation and unification of the UAE.