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UAE's $163m Union Museum project 'ready by September'

Plans will include a waterfront that simulates the coastline as it was when treaty was signed to set up UAE in 1971

UAE's $163m Union Museum project 'ready by September'

Plans to build a new museum in Dubai to celebrate the signing of the treaty to establish the UAE federation in 1971 will include a waterfront that simulates the coastline from that time.

The AED600 million ($163.3 million) Union Museum will also include a new 123-metre flag pole to replace the existing one, news agency WAM said, adding that Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai inspected the progress in its construction.

He was told that the cultural project will be ready by September and be officially opened during the next National Day celebrations.

The museum in Jumeirah is dedicated to exhibiting the story of the nation’s development from pre-union throughout the entire time span of unity, WAM added.

Dubai's Road and Transport Authority will supervise the project and the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority will operate the museum once it is completed.

The entrance of the new pavilion is designed in the shape of a manuscript with seven columns that simulate the pen used to sign the declaration. The museum includes permanent and temporary halls, a theatre, educational and recreational areas and administration offices.

While touring galleries and pavilions of the museum, Sheikh Mohammed expressed satisfaction at the progress of the project's implementation, WAM said.

Sheikh Mohammed was quoted as saying: "The museum will serve as an iconic incubator for historic, national information, manuscripts, photos and heritage collections that will benefit our future generations of our sons and daughters in their academic, practical and social life and provide a reliable source of information for researchers and historians."

The project also includes restoring the Union House to its original state and rebuilding the Ministry House at its original location. The building will be dedicated for state visitors.

The Union Museum comprises eight permanent pavilions in addition to one temporary pavilion to exhibit items from international museums.

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