Work starts to build Union Museum in Dubai
Phase one of the project to be completed by mid 2014
Construction work has started on phase one of the Union Museum building in Dubai.
The work comprises the preparation of the site, shifting and protecting artifacts and exhibits, constructing a six-metre high boundary wall, demolishing the existing aging buildings on site, and moving utility lines, a statement by the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) said.
The museum, which will chart the history of the UAE, is being built next to Union House, the location of the signing of the document that formed the UAE more than 40 years ago.
The first phase of the project is set to be completed by the middle of this year.
Mattar Al Tayer, chairman and executive director of the RTA, said: "The construction firm started site works last week and Phase I of the project is set for completion by the mid of this year. Afterwards the RTA will award the contract of the main building of the museum which will be a beacon and a monument narrating the full story of the federation, the formation of the United Arab Emirates, and futuristic drive of this blessed country."
The Union Museum will consist of five divisions. The first one highlights the story of the region and the population in the pre-federation era. The second division will highlight the details of forming the UAE federation and will include a giant hall designated for hologram shows, Al Tayer said.
He added that the third division will depict the human, urban and economic developments and achievements made by the UAE while a fourth division will be the Pearl Hall dedicated to official meetings and functions.
The fifth division will be a "festivities yard" comprising an outdoor theatre with a capacity for 500 people.
Al Tayer said: "The Union Museum aims to reinvigorate the historical value of the site and the building that witnessed the signing and the announcing the establishment of the UAE."