Gone are the days when Dubai was just a barren land covered in sand dunes and hoards of camels roaming around. Today it stands heads and shoulders above all in the world in regards of infrastructure and tourism. From palm shaped man-made islands (Palm Jumeirah, Deira Island and Palm Jebel Ali) and a hotel that resembles the sail of a ship (Burj Al Arab), to sky touching sky-scrappers (Burj Khalifa, Emirates Tower), Dubai has given the world one architectural wonder after another. A newest addition to this list is the architectural marvel – Museum of the Future, already being touted as, “The Most Beautiful Building On Earth”.
About the Museum of the Future:
Announced in March 2015 by the ruler of Dubai, Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, with the goal of promoting innovation, creativity and increasing curiosity about technological development for the young minds, Museum of the Future finally opened its doors for visitors this week. Although, the original inauguration date was supposed to be in December 2021, it was later pushed to 22nd of February 2022. This unique date ‘22.02.2022’ was specifically chosen because it is a palindrome and won’t appear in our lifetime ever again.
Design and Features:
- The Museum of the Future includes three main parts: the green hill, the torso shaped building, and the void. Each of these elements have a significant meaning behind their design:
- The green hill represents the Earth, rooted in place, time and history.
- The torso shaped building represents the humanity, with all its strength, passion and thirst to live in harmony with its surrounding.
- The void represents innovation and unknown future, which the world and humanity can look forward to.
- Engineered by Buro Happold and designed by architect Shaun Killa of Killa Design Architecture Studio, it is one of the world’s most complicated building to be made.
- Apart from winning various prestigious awards for designing and innovation, the museum is also awarded a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Certificate. LEED is the most widely used rating system in the world for green buildings.
- The glimmering, futuristic torso shaped building is covered in Arabic Calligraphy. This calligraphy, that is a poem by the ruler of Dubai, also doubles up as windows for the museum. The inscriptions written on the Museum of the Future translate to:
- “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone”.
- “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create”.
- “Innovation is not an intellectual luxury. It is the secret behind the evolution and rejuvenation of nations and peoples”.
- The Museum of the Futures interior is nothing short of a futuristic movie set, where visitors can explore and interact with the future.
- This museum has different exhibitions dedicated to different aspects such as, outer-space bio-engineering, ecosystems and resource development, addressing challenges of energy, health, food, water, etc. The museum also has a floor dedicated to children.
Experiences to look forward to:
As per the official website, these are the unique experiences inside Museum of the Future:
- A New Moon – Voyage to a space station 600 kilometers above the earth. Gaze out the window and witness how the moon could be transformed into a source of renewable energy for the entire planet.
- New Explorers – Explore the space station and learn about the community of Pioneers living and working there. Observe the missions they undertake, study the things they invent and discover, and gaze upon the inspiration for it all – our beloved planet Earth.
- A Digital Amazon – Immerse yourself in a mixed reality recreation of the Amazon rainforest. See the interplay of hundreds of species and observe details invisible to the naked eye.
- The Vault of Life – Visit a DNA library of thousands of species, where you can explore, collect and contribute to the wonders of nature. Discover new species and participate in a global effort to repair the damages of climate change.
- The future of wellness – Travel to a sanctuary from digital life. Explore a center for the human senses where you are encouraged to disconnect from technology and reconnect to your mind, body, and spirit.
- The Centre – Experience the restorative effects of movement, meditation and water. Immerse yourself in vibrations that re-balance electromagnetic fields and restore our natural rhythms. Beneath a dome of light and water, place the present on pause and imagine what could be.
- Future Heroes – It is Museum of the Future’s dedicated space for the children. Within an open world of exploration and play, children are encouraged to develop future-proof skills that will always be useful. The exhibitions three main experiences: Imagine, Design and Build present children with opportunities to play and to learn through activities that encourage communication, collaboration and creativity.
- Tomorrow Today – ‘Tomorrow Today’ is an ever-evolving showcase of innovations that could change our world. Made in collaboration with public and private partners from around the world, this exhibition explores how designers, researchers and corporations are responding today to our most urgent challenges.
Exhibitions held in the Museum:
As part of the World Government Summit, the Museum of the Future has held various exhibitions, since 2016. The theme of each of these exhibitions focused on the different role technology plays in different sectors. The list of exhibitions is as below:
- Machinic Life – This exhibit explored artificial intelligence and human augmentation by focusing on the idea of having robots that are sophisticated and understand human emotions.
- Climate Change Reimagined: Dubai 2050 – Focusing on global industry, agriculture and urbanism, as the main factors contributing to ecological footprint of humans, this exhibit had a theme of 2050 and explored how humans can strive by using radical innovations despite the impacts of climate change and global warming.
- Hi I am AI – This exhibition was all about AI powered buildings and how they will serve humanity in the future.
- HUMANS 2.0 – Focusing on human body and mind, this exhibition showcased the concepts of human augmentation.
How to reach Museum of the Future:
Dubai’s Museum of the Future is easily accessible by car, bus or metro. Being in the heart of the city along a superhighway, Sheikh Zayed Road, you can take the bus and travel in bus numbers X22, 27 or 29 or if you want to take the metro, travel on the Red-Line and get down at Emirates Tower Station, where they have a dedicated walkway connecting the station to the museum.
Museum of the Future Operating Hours:
The Museum of the Future opens daily from 10:00 AM to 06:00 PM, with the last entry at 05:00 PM.
Museum Of the Future Ticket Price:
- Adult Entry Fee is AED 145.
- For children below 3 years, People of Determination (UAE’s term for Disabled People) and Emirati Senior Citizens, the entry fees of the Museum of the Future is free.
- Prices are subject to change. Request you to check with our Travel Experts before booking.
This is not your typical average museum, don’t expect to witness relics of the by-gone eras, this museum will take you 50 years into the future and let you explore the year 2071, right now. No matter how many times you visit the museum, it will be like visiting it for the first time with its ever changing, exciting and revolutionary exhibitions.
The Museum of the Future is not about flying gizmos and gadgets or high tech robots, it is exclusively dedicated to futuristic technological innovations. With its future-themed and groundbreaking exhibits on display this museum is bound to blow you away 50 years into the future. Whatever your interests may be, be it hi tech innovations, cutting edge science or just want to marvel at the beauty of this architectural landmark, Dubai’s Museum of the Future has to be on your travel bucket list.
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