Construction work has started on the first phase of the Union Museum building project in Dubai, UAE.
The project will be constructed beside Union House, the location of the signing of the document that formed the UAE more than 40 years ago.
The first phase will comprise of preparation of the site, shifting and protecting artifacts and exhibits in the onsite buildings.
Phase one, which is expected to be completed by mid 2014, will also include the construction of a 6m high boundary wall, demolition of the ageing buildings, inspection and treatment of the soil and the shifting of utility lines.
Once completed, the Dubai roads and transport authority (RTA) will award the contract for the main building of the museum.
RTA chairman and executive director Mattar Al Tayer said: "The Union Museum aims to reinvigorate the historical value of the site and the building that witnessed the signing and announcing of the establishment of the UAE, and converting the present building into a museum that acts as a radiation hub for citizens, residents and tourists to know more about phases and challenges of establishing the federation together with the achievements made throughout this period."
Tayer said the Union Museum will feature five divisions where the first one highlights the story of the region and the population in the pre-federation era.
The second division will highlight the details of forming the UAE federation and will feature a giant hall for hologram shows.
The third division will depict the human, urban and economic developments and achievements made by the UAE while a fourth division will be the Pearl Hall, for official meetings and functions.
The fifth division will be a yard for festivities, which will feature an outdoor theatre with a capacity for 500 people.