May 18 is International Museum Day. To celebrate the occasion, museums around the world have waived their entry fees and that includes several in the UAE.
According to the Dubai Media Office, museums across the emirate will be free on Saturday including Etihad Museum, Dubai Museum and the Al Shindagha Museum – which recently unveiled its first phase back in March.
For a more hands-on experience, head to the Dubai Museum, located in the Al Fahidi Fort, to see a showcase the city's history and heritage. Or visit the Al Shindagha Museum on the Bur Dubai side of the Creek and check out the Perfume House and 'The Dubai Creek: Birth of a City' pavilion which are now open for visitors.
The timings for all three museums are 10am to 5pm during Ramadan.
While Louvre Abu Dhabi hasn't waived its admission fee of Dh63, it has announced it has extended hours for the day indicating it will stay open until 1am. Those keen on heading to the museum can experience the photography exhibition Photographs 1842-1896: An Early Album of the World which features more than 250 of the oldest images from around the world (see part of the exhibition in the gallery above).
The Sharjah Museum of Islamic Civilisation has also announced that it is offering visitors free entry throughout Ramadan in a bid to nurture cross-cultural dialogue and to promote a better understanding of Islam.
Part of Sharjah Museums Authority, the museum showcases over 5,000 collections representing different eras from across the Islamic world. SMIC is open Saturday through Thursday from 9am to 2pm, and 9.30pm to 11.30pm, except for the last 10 days of Ramadan, where it will be open during day time only.