UAE: Sheikh Mohammed inspects Union Museum site
The museum's emphasis on the historic value of the location and aims at establishing a cultural beacon to educate the citizens and visitors about UAE's history
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum inspected the progress at the construction site of the 25,000 sqm Union Museum.
The $163m (AED600m) iconic museum, adjacent to the Union House, in Jumeirah is dedicated to exhibit the holistic story of the UAE’s development from pre-union throughout the entire time span of unity.
The project will also add a new waterfront that simulates the coastline during that phase and a new 123m flag pole to substitute the old one. Dubai's Road and Transport Authority (RTA) will supervise the project and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will operate the museum once it is completed.
HH Sheikh Mohammed, who was accompanied by Deputy Ruler of Dubai HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, watched a presentation on various phases of the promising cultural project and the final outlet of the museum which will be ready by September and be officially opened during the next National Day celebrations.
HH Sheikh Mohammed also viewed and approved the design of the corporate identity of the museum which was inspired from the colours of the national flag, federal identity and the seven emirates.
The entrance of the new pavilion is designed in the shape of a manuscript with seven columns that simulate the pen used to sign the declaration. The museum includes permanent and temporary halls, a theatre, educational and recreational areas and administration offices.
"The museum will serve as an iconic incubator for national information, manuscripts, photos and heritage collections that will benefit future generations in their academic, practical and social life and provide a reliable source of information for researchers and historians. We are proud of our tolerant Islam and Arab identity, we are proud of our history, culture and identity and adhere them one generation after another,'' HH Sheikh Mohammed said.
The project also includes restoring the Union House to its original state, restoring Dar Al Dheafa to its original state and refurbishing its furniture and rebuilding the Ministry House at its original location. The building will be dedicated for state visitors.
The museum will be constructed underground and connected with the Dar Al Dheafa. It will comprise eight permanent pavilions in addition to one temporary pavilion to exhibit items from international museums.