Latest technology to narrate UAE history in museum
Dubai's Etihad Museum to house eight permanent galleries
The advisory committee of Etihad Museum has endorsed the interior design, exhibits and artefacts of the permanent galleries of the museum being constructed near the Union House - which saw the signing of Constituent Document of the Federation of the UAE.
A historical site
The site of Etihad Museum comprises an array of historical buildings. The museum is built underground and linked to a pavilion leading to Dar Al Diyafa and the Union House. The design of the entrance of the new pavilion replicates a manuscript with seven tilted columns simulating the pen used to sign the declaration. The museum includes permanent and temporary galleries, a theatre, educational areas, lounges, and patios.
The committee also endorsed two annexes to the permanent eight galleries. The first is an electronic guide to show the visitor's path during the tour, highlighting items on display as well as a recap of dynasty of rulers who founded the UAE. The second elucidates the history of the ruling families along with their personal belongings.
The museum will have eight permanent galleries in addition to temporary galleries used for exhibiting artefacts of other international museums.
The committee reviewed the exhibits of the first gallery, which displays an introductory movie at the theatre, taking visitors to deep historical insights accompanied by sound effects and illustrative music to chronicle the establishment of the union story. It uses clips narrating the evolution of the UAE by showcasing key events and the most influential figures in the creation of the new state.
The second gallery sheds light on the pre-federation era, while the third (Road to the Union) displays steps leading to the federation using images and exhibits flowing like a water canal.
The fourth gallery (Seeds of the Union) has a captivating visual display using state-of-the-art exhibition technology. The fifth gallery uses sophisticated technology, taking visitors in a virtual tour of the underlying reasons and concepts of the union.
The sixth gallery (UAE Federation) highlights the path of the UAE leadership, including formal and informal meetings held in preparation for establishing the single state. The seventh gallery is devoted to the UAE Constitution.
The eighth gallery (New Nation) is an open display lounge, acquainting visitors with the developments that contributed to the creation of the new nation; the features of the post-federation state of the UAE; historical milestones such as the UN's recognition of the UAE; the impact of the Union on developing community members; international influence; national currency; establishment of the armed forces; and the development drive witnessed by the UAE since 1971.
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