// I was invited to the museum for a guided tour and a lunch , I did not pay for the meals and drinks//
Etihad is an Arabic word for united.
United Arab Emirates was founded in 1971. Seven Emirates (seven sands) became together: Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Abu Dhabi, Fujairah and Sharjah.
A lot has happened since then, especially in this part of the world. There cannot be many who do not know about United Arab Emirates? Most of the people know about the oil and the great attractions, but very few know about the rich culture and the history of the region.
Etihad Museum opened 7th January, 2017 in Jumeira 1, Bur Dubai.
Seven pillars are standing by the first paragraph of the constitution. As you probably notice, seven is the magic number.
Visitors of the museum are able to see the restored Union House, which is referred as the birthplace of United Arab Emirates. When seeing the original flag pole next to the gigantic 123-meter flagpole, you are reminded again what has happened during the past 4 decades.
The museum has many interesting details from the past. I spent a while looking at the personal items of the rulers, (from old landline telephones to Porsche Carrera´s sun glasses). Interactive screens, a library, films and photos tell us about the interesting past of the region and it´s development, as well as old traditions as falconry. You can easily spend hours in this museum.
Many schools were visiting at the same time as us, for sure an interesting place for children since the spacious museum allows them to wander endlessly both in and outdoors.
Cafeteria Seven Sands at the museums first floor is serving Emirati delicacies, which are common for the area, as hummus, tahini, pita bread and taboulah salad. There are warm options both for vegetarians as well as for the meat lovers. The view from the cafeteria is one of the best in town, even it is not a high raise building, you see the sea, beautiful garden, silhouette of down town and parts of Jumeira and Bur Dubai.
Etihad Museum is located in Jumeira 1 area, at Jumeira Beach Road.
Daily from 10am to 8pm.
Students: 5 year to 24 year 10dhs
Groups: 10 persons and above 20dhs.
PS. Student´s get a discount when showing their Student ID at Seven Sands Cafeteria.