Etihad Museum to host ‘Protectors of the Nation: Sacrifice and Giving’ Exhibition

Etihad Museum to host ‘Protectors of the Nation: Sacrifice and Giving’ Exhibition

  • The new exhibition sheds light on the sacrifices made by the UAE Armed Forces
  • Peacekeeping forces support UAE’s wise leadership’s directives to spread a culture of tolerance

Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 27 November, 2017: Under the management of Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture), the Emirate’s dedicated entity for culture arts and heritage, the Etihad Museum has announced that it will host ‘Protectors of the Nation: Sacrifice and Giving’ exhibition, which will run for six months and commence during the 46th UAE National Day celebrations.

The exhibition managed by Dubai Museums Company charts the formation of the UAE Armed Forces, whose history parallels the unification of the UAE itself on 2nd December 1971 and the nation’s evolution ever since. It also explores the many skills required of a modern armed force, as well as the most essential ingredient – the men and women who are willing to dedicate themselves to a life serving their country and others.

His Excellency Abdul Rahman bin Mohamed Al Owais, Cabinet Member, Minister of Health and Prevention, and Minister of State for Federal National Council Affairs, commented: “As the custodian of the museums sector in the Emirate of Dubai, it is a pleasure for Dubai Culture to organise and host this exhibition, which is a token of our appreciation for the UAE Armed Forces. This organisation plays an essential role in our nation, bravely watching over our upbringing, safeguarding our achievements, and protecting our borders. We extend our sincere thanks and gratitude to the Ministry of Defence, the General Command of the Armed Forces, the Military History Museum and the National Archives for their valuable contributions to the exhibition.”

His Excellency added: “Our brave soldiers make the greatest sacrifices for the sake of our country, as well as for others across the world. In spite of their perilous task, each one of them feels proud to answer the call of duty. In recognition of their courageous spirit and to commemorate those who have made the ultimate sacrifice, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, established Martyrs Day, which falls on 30th November every year on the date that the first Emirati martyr fell in the line of duty. It is an incredibly important occasion when we gather to remember our heroes and keep the UAE flag in both our minds and hearts.”

In this occasion, His Excellency Mohammed bin Ahmad Al Bawardi Al Falasi, Cabinet Member and Minister of State for Defence Affairs, commented: “We are delighted to participate in the military exhibition ‘Protectors of the Nation: Sacrifice and Giving’ hosted by the Etihad Museum, highlighting the efficiency and development of the armed forces of the UAE as well as the sacrificing and giving of the members of the armed forces since its establishment up until this moment.”

His Excellency added: “Our armed forces added a lot of value and honourable moments throughout its history, and has been training and qualifying each militant from the beginning at the highest levels of academic and training educations, where the value of loyalty and commitment have also extended in the nation’s integrity, and proved that loving your country is an inherited instinct in the nation and defending it is obligatory, and that its soil is the only love.”

His Excellency also praised Etihad Museum’s initiative for organizing a military exhibition under the theme ‘Protectors of the Nation: Sacrifice and Giving’ which will showcase the history of the UAE’s military between 1951 – 1976 by presenting military assets to confirm the importance of the role of museums in preserving the legacy of the military, and also strengthening the concept of heritage preservation and its importance in sustaining the participation of the community.

The exhibition highlights the UAE’s leading efforts to consolidate and spread tolerance, brotherhood and positive values that enhance community happiness across the world, as demonstrated by the participation of the UAE Armed Forces in many global relief campaigns and peacekeeping initiatives. Thanks to this strategy, the UAE has become a humanitarian role model for the international community.

The new exhibition will support the museum’s mission to serve as an educational hub about the history of the UAE, to tell the story of its establishment, and to celebrate the dedication and commitment of its Founding Fathers through exhibitions, interactive programmes and educational initiatives.

Dubai Culture aims to enhance Dubai’s cultural scene and draw attention to the Emirate’s rich heritage with a variety of initiatives that take place throughout the year. The Authority’s mandate is to build bridges of constructive dialogue between different civilisations and cultures through enriching initiatives that benefit the Emirate’s citizens, residents and visitors.

The Etihad Museum tells the story of one of the most significant moments in the UAE’s timeline – the birth of the nation with the 1971 Union Agreement – through the eyes of the Founding Fathers. The dynamic, 21st century museum was established to serve as an intimate, informative and enjoyable insight into the events that surrounded this historic event, and has been designed to offer a holistic experience from start to finish, leading visitors on a memorable journey with interactive items to be found at every step.

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About Dubai Culture & Arts Authority:

Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) was launched on 8th March 2008 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, in order to drive the growth of the city’s artistic and cultural landscape. The Authority has grown to play a major role in the realisation of the Dubai Plan 2021, highlighting Dubai as a thriving capital for creative industries and further embedding the Emirate’s credentials as a city of happy, creative and empowered people.

As part of its mandate, Dubai Culture has several initiatives that are focused on strengthening both the historic and modern cultural fabric of Dubai, including Dubai Art Season, the city’s premier umbrella arts initiative which kicks off with Emirates Airline Festival of Literature and encompasses Art Week including Art Dubai, Design Days Dubai, and SIKKA Art Fair – an annual event aimed at promoting Emirati and local artists in the UAE and the wider GCC region. The Authority also manages the Dubai International Arabic Calligraphy Exhibition, which showcases an evocative blend of artworks to celebrate the myriad facets of Arabic calligraphy; Dubai Festival for Youth Theatre, an annual festival that fosters the art of theatre in the UAE; and Dubai Next, a dynamic platform that aims to showcase the Emirate’s cultural ethos and vibrant creative scene on the global stage.

The Authority’s other key initiatives include Creatopia (, which is the nation’s first government empowered virtual community for cultural and creative communities in Dubai, and was launched to encourage the exchange of ideas and the refinement of skills while ensuring ease of doing business within the creative industry.

Dubai Culture also plays a leading role in supporting the UAE National Strategy for Reading 2016-2026, in particular by undertaking a major refurbishment of all Dubai Public Library branches to transform them into state-of-art cultural and artistic hubs. Across all of its branches, Dubai Public Library provides children and young adults with a range of educational and entertaining activities that encourage the use of its facilities. The ‘Our Summer is Filled with Culture & Arts Programme’ is a Dubai Public Library initiative which complements the UAE National Reading Strategy with activities that are open to all age groups and revolve around four key themes: happiness, reading, family and the future.

In addition to its wide range of initiatives, the Authority manages over 17 heritage sites across the Emirate, and is a key government stakeholder in the development of the Dubai Historical District. As the custodian of Dubai’s museum sector, Dubai Culture officially launched Etihad Museum in December 2016. The museum serves as a platform that encourages cultural exchange and connects Emirati youth with their culture and history. As part of the Authority’s mandate to support Dubai’s vision of becoming the focal point for diverse cultural exchange, both regionally and globally, the museums play a vital role in preserving Emirati heritage.