Dubai Museum main tender to be awarded in Q1 2015

Roads and Transport Authority ready to award main construction works for museum that will celebrate the union of the Emirates in 1971

The new Dubai Museum project. Enabling works is underway and construction contracts will be awarded soon.
The new Dubai Museum project. Enabling works is underway and construction contracts will be awarded soon.

The tender for main construction works at the Dubai Museum project will be awarded in the first quarter of this year, the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has confirmed.

The enabling works including utility relocations, shoring, excavation, dewatering and permanent building piles are already underway.

The new 26,000m² museum and associated buildings celebrate the union of the Emirates in 1971. The museum will focus on the years 1968 to 1974, with the political and social context of how the union of the trucial states came about and how they subsequently flourished.

The site consists of both restored and reconstructed historic buildings and a new pavilion entrance in the form of a scroll with seven inclined columns representing the pen used to sign the constitution document. The museum contains permanent and temporary galleries, an auditorium, teaching spaces, cafes, as well as administration and many back-of-house functions.

The fast-tracked project also includes an extensive plaza and the provision of both underground and surface parking.

Union House, where the treaty was signed, is being restored to its original form along with structural upgrades. The structure of the nearby guest house is being re-built and its fittings and furnishings being restored to their original condition. The curved Ministers building is being re-built on its original location and will serve as a VIP function space.

The museum is located below ground and connects the pavilion, guest house, and Ministers building. Landscaping surrounding the historic site will be restored to its original look from 1971. The new water feature edge matches the original shoreline from 1971.

A new 123m flagpole is under construction replacing the existing landmark flagpole which is located in the middle of the excavation.

The main works is currently out for tender with a target award date of Q1, 2015. The formal museum opening will be on UAE National Day 2nd December 2016.

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