Etihad Museum honours the formation of the United Arab Emirates and is, in fact, located on the site of Union House, the very place where the constitution was signed on 2 December, 1971. History was made on this date when the six trucial states of Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, Ajman, Fujairah and Umm Al Quwain signed the constitution to form the UAE (the seventh emirate of Ras Al Khaimah joined the federation the following year). Step inside the magnificent building and learn all about the nation’s economic development between the years of 1968 and 1974, as well as the journey to independence.
Just as compelling as the exhibits is the building itself. Designed by Canadian architects Moriyama and Teshima, the museum has a curved white roof, inspired by the shape of the constitution. It also features seven columns to symbolise the pens used to sign the agreement.
Cost: AED20 for adults