Museums

Museums are some of the very important tourist attractions, as they contain a number of different things proving the heritage richness and the civilization Renaissance in the United Arab Emirates over the years. It is also considered a source of cultural awareness and a cultural device through which a lot of benefits are achieved e.g. finding and documenting the relationship between man and his history, which would contribute in strengthening the sense of belong to the country, and determine the country's status culturally and internationally.

Equally, museums are the source of the culture of aesthetic, as it also represents a global language that all the nations can see and read. Among the most important museums in the UAE are:

Al Hisn Palace, Abu Dhabi

Al Hisn Palace is regarded as the most important historical monument in Abu Dhabi, because it represents the emirate's historical and political development and its rulers over the years since it was built in the 18th century.

It all started in around 1760 when Bani Yas tribal leader Sheikh Dhiyab Bin Isa built a tower in order to monitor and protect the precious water sources from aggressors. Later on his son; Sheikh Shakhbout Bin Dhiyab (1793-1816) transformed the small tower into a fortified fort. And as a result of the emirate's growth coupled with other strategic and political transformations, Bani Yas tribe had to relocate to the coastal area, and Sheikh Shakhbout decided to relocate the Palace from Leo Oasis to where it is known as Alhisn Palace in the heart of Abu Dhabi.

Alain Museum

Alain museum was established in 1997, and it contains four main sections; archeology, souvenir gifts, petrol and social section. It also contains a collection of archeological items that represents the social lifestyle in the UAE before the exploration of petrol. It also traces the process of a UAE citizen's development in various aspects of his life.

Dubai Museum

Dubai Museum was known as alfohaidy Fort that dates back to 1800, and was the government's headquarter and the ruler's residence. The decision to establish a museum there was inspired by the need to preserve the heritage and the traditional history the UAE. And it has two main sections for traditional heritage and archaeology.

Sharjah Museum

Sharjah meritoriously deserved the title of the capital of Arab and Islamic culture, because it boasts of a large number of important museums that traces the history of this emirate. Sharjah Heritage Museum for instance contains many heritage books, old manuscript and other rare archaeological items.

Equally, Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilization, which contains more 5000 different Islamic archaeological items, is unique in the UAE. The items reflect the arts and the knowledge of the Muslim scholars and artists who innovatively made them. Incidentally, some of the items are displayed for the first time ever, and they portray Islamic history right from its inception to date.

Furthermore, Sharjah Museum for Natural History is regarded as one of the most important and latest scientific museums in the region. It documents by using the latest audio and video technology, all types of natural lives biologically and geologically in the country. There also a number of other museums in the emirate e.g. Heritage Museum, Arts Museum, Science Museum, Marine Museum and Sharjah marine breeding ground etc.

Ajman Museum

Ajman Museum, which was the fort and the first defensive line for the protection of the emirate, is one of the important archaeological sites in the emirate. And it reflects the nature of human development over the years that influenced different aspects of life over different ages. Certainly, this historically educative monument represents a rich record of the ancestors' heritage. And it is an all-inclusive museum that contains many archaeological items, products and traditional crafts and other aspects of social life in the old age.

Umm Al Quwain Museum

Umma Al Quwain Museum is made up of two sections; heritage, that contains Bab Sabah entrance that was the ruler' living room, his dining room, his personal effects, weapons room, traditional crafts room and some portrays of marine environment. The other section is; archaeology, which contains a collection of archaeological items that date back to the first and second 2000 BC and the advent of Islam, and they are basically some tractors and potteries made of the ceremiche, and other collection of golden, silver and bronze jewelries and currencies used during that period and bronze vessels. There are also two statues of two headless falcons, which are considered some of the most unique archaeological items that can be found only in Umm al Quwain Museum.

Ras Alkahaima Museum

In Ras Alkhaima Museum there are many varieties of discovered archaeological heritage items discovered in the UAE. And it is considered one of the richest museums with discovered archaeological items in the UAE. It was also expanded to include a number of wings among is an exclusive wing for the ruling family, which is called Alqawasim Wing.

There is also heritage wing and rooms for jewelries, clothes traditional weapons and natural history. It was established in the middle of the 18th century during French occupation between 1736 and 1749 when it was a fort housing the ruling family until 1964. It later became Ras Alkhaima police headquarter, which was also transformed into the central prison until 1984. And in 1987 Sheikh Saqr bin Mohammad Alqassimi transformed it into Ras Alkhaima National Museum after it had been renovated and rebuilt as it used to be in the past, using some original local materials.

Fujairah Museum

Is one of the most important museums in the east coast region as it contains 2100 pieces of unique personal effects and archaeological materials that date back to the ages before the Jesus Christ, Islamic age, the beginning of Islam and the subsequent ages down to the modern age. It is made up of a number of sections, the most important of which is the archaeology section, which contains a collection of some discovered archaeological souvenirs in the emirate.

It was first established in one of the old forts in the emirate with a view to preserving the old heritage materials in the region, this was in addition to preserving the national heritage.

It is divided into some sections, the most important of which are; natural history, archaeology, lifestyle and the history of the Alqawasim.

Ajman Museum was also established in 1987 inside Ajman fort. It was commissioned by His Highness the President in May 1991. And it contains some old rooms some which are; ruler's room, souvenir gifts, traditional toys, methods of livings and traditional music, in addition to traditional medicine section, which was commissioned in May 1996.

Fujairah Museum was commissioned in 1991, and it contains more than 2000 pieces of the recently discovered archaeological materials in the emirate. It is made up of two sections; archaeology and heritage. In October 1997, the general expansion project was completed, which saw the inclusion of a large number of archaeological materials and some personal effects, which had been discovered over the previous five years.

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