• LOCATION 33 | On the road to Etihad: From street art to sweet treats

    Union House

    Over to your left, there’s a circular building. Stop when you have a clear view of it.

    That is Union House, and it’s where the UAE as we now know it came to be. On December 2nd 1971, after years of negotiation, the rulers of Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Ajman, Umm Al Quwain, and Fujairah sat down and signed a constitution that brought all of them together to form the United Arab Emirates. The late Sheikh Zayed of Abu Dhabi became the first President of the new country, and the late Sheikh Rashid of Dubai was its first Vice President.

    Ras Al Khaimah, the seventh emirate, joined on February 10th, 1972, just over a month later.

    Okay, let’s turn around now and make our way over to the entrance of the Etihad Museum.

    It’s over to the right, on the side of the building that faces the road.

    In the lead-up to the anniversary of the UAE National Day, there are cultural days, parades and festivities around the city, including traditional dance performances, henna painting sessions, and food stalls serving Emirati sweets. You’ll also start to notice small, individual celebrations such as locals and expatriates adorning their cars in the Union Flag colours or UAE stickers.

    These all culminate on December 2 itself with fireworks displays that take place at landmarks like the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah island.

    Carry on over to the final location on our tour today, at the entrance to the Etihad Museum.

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