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5 Things to Know About the Museum of the Future

The Museum of the Future, Dubai. Photo: Twitter/ @HHShkMohd

Set to be an institution of innovation and creativity, The Museum of the Future is almost complete. Dubai’s next cultural wonder was visited by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, last night October 3, to view the placement of the final part of the paneled façade, and mark the beginning of the final phase of construction.

The building, which can be viewed from Sheikh Zayed Road, features panels marked with Arabic calligraphy and is set to be one of the most iconic, cultural landmarks in the world. “The museum will explore the future trends and opportunities in science, technology, and innovation. By making Dubai a testbed for emerging technologies, our aim is not merely to build another architectural marvel, but to build the foundation of tomorrow,” explains Sheikh Mohammed. As the final phase of construction has begun, here is everything you need to know about the Museum of the Future.

1. The museum, which is the next project in Dubai Future Foundation, is dedicated to exploring the threats and opportunities of our future, and will promote research to “conceiving a better future for ourselves and our planet.”

2. The building stands at 77m high and 30,000m2 and can be seen alongside Sheikh Zayed Road, near Emirates Towers.

3. Its exterior, designed by architectural company Killa Design, is extremely detailed with 1,042 Arabic calligraphy panels on the building, which were manufactured by robots.

4. The Museum of the Future builds on the list of immersive exhibitions that have been created for the World Government Summit, a global platform dedicated to the future of public service, held each year in Dubai. These past exhibitions focused on the role of future technology, such as AI, in diverse sectors such as government services, healthcare, climate change, and food security.

5. The Dh500 million museum will consist of seven floors, each dedicated to different experiences. Three floors will feature immersive exhibition experiences, focusing on potential futuristic concepts of outer space resource development, ecosystems, and bioengineering, along with health and well being. One floor in the museum will be dedicated to children and will encourage them to explore and solve challenges on their own as part of the development of our “future heroes.”

The Museum of the Future is currently scheduled to open in 2020.

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