UAE Focus

Dubai’s Union Museum design gets the go-ahead

May 2014

THE final design elements of the Union Museum, which will be built at the Union House in Dubai, have been given the go-ahead by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Sheikh Mohammed also instructed that a mega 123-m-high flagpole bearing the second largest UAE flag be erected at Jumeirah Open Beach at Union House.

The design of the Union Museum is inspired by portraits of the UAE leaders signing the constitution of the emirates in 1971. The pen and the document embodying the provisions of the constitution form the key elements that are portrayed in the imposing structure.

The concept is complemented by an inkstand replicated in the Union House, with the simple and sleek lines on the external profile of the building signifying a nimbly folded paper.

“The Union House building comprising eight sections aims to restore the historical value of the site which witnessed the signing and the declaration of the UAE federation,” said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the board and executive director of the RTA.

Meanwhile, the 123-m flagpole – almost as high as a 40-storey residential building – will replace the current 120-m flagpole at Union House, which bears the country’s second largest flag.

Once completed, the pole will be one of the country’s tallest flagpoles, and seventh tallest in the world.

A flagpole of similar height can be found on Flag Island opposite the old Al Jazeera Park in Sharjah.

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