Etihad Museum

Etihad Museum, Dubai: Hours, Address, Etihad Museum Reviews: 4.5/5

Etihad Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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The area
Neighborhood: Jumeirah
Years ago, before the skyscrapers, before the 12-lane highway, there was only Jumeirah. In fact, when the UAE was formed, its rulers signed the agreement in Union House, at the very start of Jumeirah Beach Road. Often called “The Beverly Hills” of Dubai, a drive down Beach Road reveals one enormous, lavish villa after another. Originally residential-only neighborhoods, they are now also home to an array of cafes, smart boutiques, and art galleries. Home to one of Dubai’s few public beaches, this recently renovated area includes a new boardwalk, running and walking track, with changing facilities and cafes along the way. Another landmark, Jumeirah Mosque, is the only mosque in Dubai that can be entered by non-Muslims. As part of the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, the mosque hosts regular tours and talks about Islam, as part of an “Open Doors, Open Minds” program. A wonderful way to understand more about the UAE and Islam.
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P34rl.91
Dubai, United Arab Emirates81 contributions
Sep 2021 • Solo
No any doubt for giving 5/5 for Etihad museum

The museum was modern and full of necessary information and equipments to help you understand the history of UAE.

My most favourite thing fo Etihad museum is timing. They close late (8PM) which makes me feel comfortable to visit in the evening (to be honest weather during afternoon is too hot to go out)

If you are historical traveller or museum lover please dont miss this place!!!

Ps.it's quite difficult to find taxi back from there. Taxi application will be helpful for your transportation on the way back home
Written September 19, 2021
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Wikumj
Bromley, UK171 contributions
Mar 2022
Very lavish building and museum with very fancy interactive exhibits and audio/video technology.

We found it a bit underwhelming and a bit repetitive however, as it focuses on the formation of UAE and all the exhibits seem to go over the same material, of how the Emirati tribes came together.

We found the Dubai Creek Museum at the Al Shindagha museum more interesting for providing insight into Dubai over the centuries and how ordinary people lived in those times, and the stages of Dubai's development
Written March 7, 2022
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faheem a
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8 contributions
Mar 2020 • Business
I was here with my guests (small group of 20 people) really nice , peaceful place , very modern , explaining the history of union.
We had an Emarati Tour Guide MARWA AL DHAHLI, who gave us a very detailed tour through the museum,being a guide i learnt alot from her.
Very friendly,patient & answered all the quiz asked by my guests.
Overall a great place to visit , and if u can get a guide like her , that will be icing on cake
Written March 1, 2020
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Thank you Faheema for your recent visit to Etihad Museum we are glad to hear that you and your guests had a pleasant experience and hope to see you soon again!
Written April 19, 2020
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Francis D
Montreal, Canada1,928 contributions
Jan 2022
We didn't quite know what to think after having visited this museum.

From an architectural perspective, this museum is stunning.
The outside shell is slick, nicely designed with smooth lines and nice curves.
From the inside, the idea to have the museum underground is very interesting. The exhibit is very well spaced out and it is presented in a beautiful setting, well decorated.

What made a counter-weight to this is the content of the exhibit itself.
Although quite informative for someone who didn't know much about the creation of the UAE, the various sections were quite repetitive.
It is always the same narrative line that is explained: the Sheiks were great, they were visionaries and thanks to them, we have the UAE today.

It felt overly-patriotic and this repetitiveness got to us at about the halfway point, to the extend we stopped reading the explanations and focuses more on the items on display.

For the building alone, we would recommend a visit.
The parts of UAE history you'll get inside are nice... but be warned that you'll get saturated at some point.

Expect to spend about 1.5 hours there.
Written February 27, 2022
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Yoav K
Budapest, Hungary971 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The building itself is imposing while the inside is smaller than other museums but much larger in the cultural presentation of history.
It includes -The guest house
-The Union House
-The Museum
you have to ask at the information inside the museum to be shown the first two places which are actually the most important. You will be escorted by a guide,you can not go alone.
Written February 29, 2020
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Thank you for your visit to Etihad Museum and your feedback. We highly appreciate your review and hope to see you again!
Written April 19, 2020
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scottofhawaii
Honolulu, HI7,875 contributions
Nov 2021 • Solo
The song kept playing in my head while I was here. You know it: kind of a hard rock quasi-anthem done in the 80s by Living Colour. I actually looked up the lyrics. One line that sticks out: 🎶 "I exploit you still you love me."🎶 And that's what this place is all about: glorifying the 6 sheikhs who are considered the founding fathers of the UAE, with Sheikh Zayed being number one. I think it's comparable to Independence Hall in Philadelphia back in the States. I went there once but don't remember what I saw. Actually, I think I skipped-out right in the middle of a tour. That's where the USA started out in 1776, and this is where the UAE did in 1971. So it's more than just glorifying the sheikhs; it's also the birthplace of a nation as well. I should be and am very respectful of this. What did I like about here: some of the displays were pretty cool. The got some old guns, medals, personal items of the shiekhs, and other artifacts and realia. They offer some nice refreshments for their guests near the gift shop too. That was pretty sweet. I had some tea with fresh ginger and lemon, and a fruit cup as well. There's some fatty stuff too like cake and finger sandwiches. I guess my little stroll out by the garden was nice. There's water out there with birds and two or three ducks I thought I saw. OK, what didn't I like. That would be the glorification of personalities, like the song speaks of. You know, I feel the same way about those guys in America as well. Not a fan of Washington and Jefferson at all. I stretched my visit out for a little over an hour. The lighting is kind of odd and it makes the place seem dark and dingy especially with its dated colors. You know, really not much to see here at all.
Written November 3, 2021
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Waza28
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates1,061 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
Etihad Museum

A great place to visit and learn about the UAE, the rulers and how the Emirates was born. Booking slots of each hour with a guided tour. First you’re taken to the Union House. This is were the rulers come for the meetings. This part is the original area since the beginning. Beautiful garden with the flag.

The Guest Palace is where they all gather on special occasions. Huge dining area where they come for the meals together.

The main part of the Museum is inside the building. The best place to learn all about the local culture and history. Exhibition area with items belonging to the Sheikhs. Auditorium has short clips about the founding fathers and the story of UAE.

Small Cafe at the end of the museum. You can also buy souvenirs.

Prayer rooms for men and women and toilets.

Staff are very friendly and polite especially the tour guides.
Written November 2, 2021
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carol p
Penang Island, Malaysia146 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
This museum is minimalist and not a museum with lots of artefacts. There is an absolute wealth of information hidden behind technology that I, as an over 70 found mind boggling. Slide a physical cube with a subject title (there are quite a few) onto the middle of the table and all the information you want is displayed on a totally disconnected wall panel.
I also found it a bit odd that the history began in 1971 when the UAE was born. Partly because I'm a Brit, and partly that I've lived in the gulf off an on for the most part of my life since 1964.
The host on our tour was a charming Emirati.
Written February 14, 2020
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Thank you for your recent visit to Etihad Museum we are glad to hear that you had a pleasant experience and hope to see you soon again!
Written April 19, 2020
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PamMacD
Los Angeles, CA23 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
My husband and I decided to check out the Etihad museum on our recent trip to Dubai. We had a great time - it’s quiet, peaceful and the architecture is beautiful. You can learn how the Emirates formed and the history of each ruler which is fascinating. They have a garden on the grounds. We wanted to check it out but the heat was too much in the middle of the day. They also have a great gift shop where we bought some books for family/friends plus a cafe. Highly recommend a visit!!
Written April 21, 2021
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Olivia
Geneva, Switzerland12 contributions
Nov 2019
Etihad Museum gives you some real insight into the history and heritage of Dubai. It is very interesting museum very modern and very interactive. Moreover, this museum is very interesting to understand the creation of Emirates; of course it is not an old country. We highly recommend it to learn about UAE modern history. Thanks.
Written June 27, 2020
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Thank you for your visit to Etihad Museum and your feedback. We highly appreciate your review and hope to see you again!
Written September 1, 2020
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