During archaeological excavations, traces were discovered that suggest that there were early fishing settlements on the Gulf Coast as far back as 7500 years ago. However, the founding of the later Dubai began only around 1830. At that time, a small fishing village on the Shindagha peninsula at the mouth of the creek was inhabited by a branch of Bani Yas tribe, which originally came from the Liwa Oasis further south. At the head of this tribe was the Maktoum family, which still rule the Emirate of Dubai today.
The way of life in the past
The discovery of oil
Formation of the United Arab Emirates
Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the largest and most important emirates. Both complement each other. While Abu Dhabi is the seat of the federal government and center of the oil industry, Dubai remains the trading hub with business connections that extend beyond the Middle East into the world.
Visit the Ethiad Museum!
Explore the Etihad Museum in Dubai to learn more about the history of the United Arab Emirates!
The history is shown in eight pavilions:
1. shows a documentary film about the history of the UAE
2. houses a panoramic interactive map highlighting the era before the formation
3. demonstrates key historical events before the union
4. showcases the meeting between Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum
5. guides you through the formation of the union
6. displays moments and challenges which confronted the founding fathers before 1971
7. is dedicated to the UAE Constitution and includes the actual declaration
8. is an open gallery celebrating the newborn nation
The museum has also a library, an education centre, a temporary exhibition hall and a restaurant.
Ethiad Museum is located on Jumeirah road Dubai next to the Union House, where the constitution was signed in 1971.
It is open daily from 10am to 8pm. Ticket prices are 25 Dirham for those 25 years old and above, 10 Dirham for visitors between 6 and 24 years and free of charge for children below 5 years.