Dubai’s newest attraction, the Museum of the Future was inaugurated by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai on February 22. He was joined by his sons, HH Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, and HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Dubai Future Foundation. The Dubai landmark has opened its doors to the world.
The opening ceremony of the ‘Most Beautiful Building on Earth’ showed various videos highlighting the basic framework of the museum and Sheikh Mohammed’s vision to transform Dubai into the most developed city in the world.
The Museum of the Future was not designed as a mere addition to UAE’s host of iconic locations, but to symbolize just how rapidly humankind is progressing via innovation. The 77-meter-tall wonder is adorned with Arabic calligraphic inscriptions of quotes from HH Sheikh Mohammed: “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”, and “Innovation is not an intellectual luxury. It is the secret behind the evolution and rejuvenation of nations and peoples”.
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At the inauguration ceremony, the ruler said that the museum is a “message of hope, a global scientific platform and an integrated institutional framework to shape a better future for all of us.” He added, “It embodies the active human imagination and the Emirati will that continues to excel the world. The Museum will be a forum for great minds, scientists, thinkers and experts from around the world. The museum will be a forum for great minds, scientists, thinkers and experts from around the world.”
Sheikh Hamdan continued by saying that the museum is on its way to becoming “an intellectual laboratory for cities of the future and governments of the future. It will play a key role in strengthening Dubai’s future position. The museum will provide a clear road map for Dubai’s vital sectors.”
Inside the museum, visitors can expect an increasingly immersive experience that encompasses all that is possible for the UAE and for the planet. There are a number of exhibitions on ideas of space travel, wellness, and ecology, and unlike a traditional museum that houses antiquated items, it is a heavily experiential space that paves way for conversations and dialogue about the future. Sustainability is at the heart of this project as the museum is equipped with a solar park, entire floors dedicated to climate change, and greywater recycling systems.
Tickets to the museum are AED 145 and are free of charge for children under three years of age, Emiratis aged 30 or over, and people of determination.