Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture, arts and heritage, which is responsible for Etihad Museum’s management and daily operations, has announced that the Museum has already received more than 1000 students since it opened to the public last January. The museum is expected to continue receiving students over the next few months until summer break, from public and private schools all over the United Arab Emirates.
The Secondary Military School in Al Thaid is one such school that recently organised a trip for 400 students to the Etihad Museum. The initiative served to support the school’s educational programmes, as the museum inspired students with exhibits conveying the United Arab Emirates’ founding story, demonstrating the museum’s status as a reliable national heritage resource.
Abdulla bin Massam Al Falasi, Director of Etihad Museum, said: “We are delighted with the vast number of students that the museum has already received over the past month. Following His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education’s recent call for all UAE schools to coordinate Etihad Museum visits for the students. Students visiting the museum have demonstrated a great deal of excitement towards different sections, which was evident from the vast amount of questions they were asking, diligently answered by our expert tour guides.”
Al Falasi, added: “These visits have provided an opportunity to educate the nation’s youth about the legacy of the UAE’s Founding Fathers, as well as showing them historical collections and artefacts relating to the country’s leaders, and instil national values in our students, especially as the Etihad Museum represents a prime source of information that teachers can utilise in teaching UAE heritage and history.”
The Etihad Museum is designed in the shape of a manuscript with seven columns that replicate the pen used to sign the declaration of the union in 1971. The museum includes both permanent and temporary halls, a theatre, educational and recreational areas and administrative offices. Additionally, the corporate identity of the museum draws inspiration from the colours of the UAE national flag, its federal identity and the seven emirates.