The Museum of the Future has opened in Dubai, welcoming guests to what promises to be one of the most exiting attractions in the destination.
Located next to the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, it opens on the historically significant 22/02/2022.
A gateway to the world 50 years from now, the landmark development will contribute to a better humanity and stronger global economy by demonstrating how next-generation solutions – incorporating everything from artificial intelligence to augmented reality – can enhance our lives.
The building is an “architectural and engineering marvel, confidently straddling the past and the future and applying advanced technology to traditional artforms,” according to authorities in the United Arab Emirates.
It also ‘speaks Arabic’ – the facade is a canvas for the poetry of sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum rendered in the calligraphy of Mattar bin Lahej.
Of the three quotes enveloping the facade, one translates to: “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”
The form is futuristic, with the building hoping to “open a new path away from the high-rise towers that dominate skylines everywhere,” especially in Dubai.
The development was conceived by Killa Design and is composed of over 1,000 individual fiberglass and stainless-steel exterior elements.
Inside guests can expect to find immersive future environments that merge science and technology.
Outside, the museum has a garden with 100 plant species reflecting the United Arab Emirates’ heritage and biodiversity.
Trees and plants, from ghaf and sidr, to palm and acacia trees, are all sprouting from the green plateau where the building stands.
A release ahead of the opening said: “The museum builds on the visionary culture that has transformed the United Arab Emirates’ into one of the most advanced nations in the world in less than 50-years.
“We are a showcase for the spirit of courage, optimism and innovation that propels Dubai forward.
“Like our home city, the museum is a place of tolerance, inviting varied cultural, philosophical, social and spiritual outlooks.
“Our goal is to provide light in dark times: in an age of anxiety and cynicism about the future, we are showing that things can and must progress.”
Furthering a global intellectual movement, the museum is also the headquarters for the city’s Great Arab Minds initiative that aims to identify 1,000 exceptional Arab talents across key fields.
The Museum of the Future is an initiative from the Dubai Future Foundation.
The organisation was formed in 2016 by sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai.
The museum claims it will be a gateway to a future world, crafted by visionary designers, artists and filmmakers.
It combines elements of exhibition, immersive theatre and themed attractions.
Visitors will have the chance to engage with this game-changing technology.
Each floor of the museum is designed like an expansive, interactive movie set, brought to life by expert storytellers, technologists and visionary artists.
Topics in focus include the future of space travel and living, climate change and ecology, health, wellness and spirituality.
Aside from ground-breaking innovations, there will also be special workshops and talks from the world’s greatest minds.
Children aged three to ten can enjoy an open-world experience at the Future Heroes environment, a dedicated area designed to encourage little ones to tap into their potential.
The Museum of the Future is the latest in a long line of successes for Dubai – which was recognised as both the World’s Leading Business Travel Destination and Middle East’s Leading City Destination by voters at the World Travel Awards last year.
Museum of the Future ticket prices start at AED145 per person, while children under three get in free.
Emirati citizens over the age of 60, people with disabilities and one accompanying caregiver will be free of charge.
Find out more on the official website.