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UAE museums: A treasure chest of culture and history

UAE museums: A treasure chest of culture and history
3 Apr 2024 09:15


As a treasure trove of culture and history, museums play a pivotal role in moulding a generation aware of their roots. Showcasing archaelogical gems, museums across the UAE offer a detailed look into the country's evolution since ancient times.

Here is a brief look into the major museums in the country:

The Louvre Abu Dhabi

Inaugurated in 2017, Louvre Abu Dhabi serves as a universal museum in the Arab world, displaying historical and contemporary treasures from around the world. The museum is the fruit of a partnership agreement for cultural exchange between the UAE and France signed in March 2007.

Al Ain Museum

Established upon the orders of the UAE's Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Al Ain Museum is considered one of the oldest museums in the country. The museum serves as a fitting cultural landmark as it provides insights into numerous and diverse archaeological sites in Al Ain, dating back some 5,000 years.

Dubai Museum

Located in Al Fahidi Fort and established in 1971, Dubai Museum displays exhibits, replicating historic Arab houses, mosques, souks and date farms, offering a glimpse into the emirate's way of life and its evolution over the years. The museum also depicts scenes from desert and marine life, in addition to  exploring the rich history of pearl diving in the region.

Sharjah Archaeology Museum

Established in 1997, Sharjah Archaeology Museum narrates the story of ancient inhabitants in the region and traces various historical stages that the emirate went through, making it among the distinguished museums at the local and regional levels. Among the highlights displayed is a 2,000-year-old golden bridle from Mleiha.

Ajman Museum

Opened in 1991, Ajman Museum houses centuries-old manuscripts, weaponry, models of wooden dhows and ingenious irrigation systems.

Among the displays is an excavated cemetery discovered in Al Muwaihat area, featuring pottery and funeral jewellery dating back to 3000 BC. The museum is the most visited place in the emirate.

Umm Al Quwain National Museum

Located inside Umm Al Quwain Fort, the museum is considered one of the oldest structures in the emirate of Umm Al Quwain. Among countless artifacts dating back to hundreds of years include a collection of silver and bronze antiques and coins, rare weapons and ornaments that reflect the heritage of the emirate.

Ras Al Khaimah National Museum

Inaugurated in 1987, Ras Al Khaimah National Museum exhibits a wide array of archaeological finds, and historical and ethnographical objects. Located in a fort dating back to the 18th century, the museum also displays artifacts from the Islamic era. The collections were partly donated by members of the ruling Al Qasimi family and residents of Ras al-Khaimah.

Fujairah Museum

The Fujairah Museum is considered one of the oldest in the eastern coastal region. Established in the early seventies, the museum offers a glimpse into life in the pre-oil period.

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