• LOCATION 34 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats

    Farewell at Etihad Museum

    This is the entrance to the Etihad Museum, which first opened in 2017.

    Etihad means union in Arabic, and the exhibits here are all linked to the UAE’s unification and subsequent transformation.

    One of the museum’s highlights is the Founding Fathers gallery, which holds some of the personal belongings of the first rulers of the UAE. You’ll find a pair of Sheikh Zayed’s signature aviator sunglasses, as well pocket watches, passports and other personal items that belonged to some of the other Sheikhs. If you look closely at the passport that belonged to Sheikh Mohammed bin Hamad Al Sharqi of Fujairah, you’ll see his profession on it, written by hand. It simply says "The Ruler".

    There’s a holographic film showing a meeting between Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, who we saw walking side by side earlier, on the 2nd of December Street mural. Visitors can also stop by the library if they like, to read books on the UAE and its culture.

    The entrance fee is 25 Dirhams – and if you’re going in a large group, I’d recommend booking a tour in advance.

    I hope that this tour has helped you see the story of Dubai and the UAE in a broader context. This cosmopolitan city holds a special place in the hearts of people around the world.

    You can learn more about what to do during your stay on our website, VisitDubai.com. And use the hashtag MyDubai when you share your stories with us on Instagram, Facebook and other social media channels.

    Shukran! We hope you enjoyed your experience of the city’s unique street life, and we wish you a pleasant stay in Dubai. Ma’asalama / Fe aman Allah.

On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats