I was recently invited by Meridian International Center and the UAE Embassy to be part of a delegation trip to four cities in the UAE: Sharjah, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. They invited architectural photographers, architects, writers and museum curators from around the United States.
I have to say I was shocked when I received that first email, and also skeptical. After a call with Meridian, I felt reassured and was definitely hoping to make the cut. Just a few days later I received an email letting me know I would be off to the UAE in less than 2 months!
One of my favorite stops of the trip was the Etihad Museum in Dubai designed by Canadian firm Moriyama & Teshima. The museum is filled with interactive installations sharing information about the UAE’s culture and history.
The exterior of the building, with its white, curvy facade is inspired by the shape of the constitution and the seven columns represent the pens used to sign the unification agreement.
The majority of the museum is underground and is where you can experience the interactive exhibitions. The detail, beautiful materials and curves continue.
As you can see, I was quite taken with this staircase!