The Museum of the Future: A message of hope … a global scientific platform
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, today inaugurated the Museum of the Future, as Dubai’s new iconic landmark officially opened its doors to the world with a new message of hope for all humankind.
The 77-meter tall architectural marvel will provide the largest platform in the region to study, envision, and design the future. It is a novel scientific and intellectual center where the brightest talents in the fields of science, technology, research, and innovation will converge to discover solutions to tomorrow’s world.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum
During the opening ceremony, Sheikh Mohammed said: “The Museum of the Future is a message of hope … a global scientific platform … and an integrated institutional framework to shape a better future for all of us.”
He continued: “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.”
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai said: “The Museum of the Future will be 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 roadmap for Dubai’s vital sectors.”
His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Finance, said: “Through the Museum of the Future, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum aims to institutionalize future foresight and explore its opportunities to enhance the nation’s competitiveness.”
His Highness Sheikh Maktoum added: “We seek to accelerate the transition towards a knowledge-based economy in the region and explore practical scientific solutions to the greatest challenges of our times, both today and tomorrow.”
Commenting on the opening of the landmark, His Excellency Mohammed Abdullah Al Gergawi, Chairman of the Museum of the Future said: “In its continuously evolving and renewed concept, the Museum of the Future reflects the resilient and agile vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid in responding to changes of the future.”
The Museum of the Future
Unfolding futuristic exhibitions, the Museum of the Future is a remarkable addition to the world’s most important landmarks and icons. It is considered an unparalleled architectural masterpiece thanks to its pioneering engineering design that stands ahead of its time.
It will also be an incubator for global talents, scientists, thinkers, and researchers, to bring their bold ideas and visions of the future to life. The Museum will launch new initiatives in the fields of science and technology to strengthen the UAE’s knowledge base to further accelerate scientific development.
A new international architectural benchmark
From an architectural perspective, the museum is an engineering marvel. It is the most streamlined building in the world with no sharp corners on its external structure. It rises to a height of 77 meters and redefines modern architecture through the use of novel tools and technologies.
The museum is considered one of the most complex architectural projects in the world. It was constructed using the “parametric design” model, a three-dimensional technology based on advanced technical design that works by entering data and parameters for the building to be designed.
1,024 stainless steel panels
The stainless-steel facade of the museum consists of 1,024 panels over an area of 17,600 square meters. The facade panels were produced using automated robotic arms in a first in the region, with each panel consisting of 4 layers, and requiring a 16-step process to produce. Each panel was installed individually, with the installation period for the external facade lasting more than 18 months.
The museum is accessed via two bridges, the first of which extends to the buildings of Jumeirah Emirates Towers with a length of 69 meters, and the second connects it to the Emirates Towers metro station with a length of 212 meters. The museum is fed with 4,000 megawatts of electricity that is produced through solar energy using solar panels connected to the museum.
Illuminated by 14,000 meters of lights
The facade of the Museum of the Future is illuminated by 14,000 meters of light lines and is decorated with inspirational quotes from His Highness Sheikh Mohammed’s poetry in Arabic calligraphy, making it the only building in the world whose entire façade is adorned using the art of calligraphy. The engraved writing on the steel facade is designed using advanced glass manufactured with new technologies specifically to improve the quality of interior lighting and exterior thermal insulation.
The Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej designed the sayings of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed, the “Thuluth” script, reflecting nobility, originality, and permanence, knowing that the script is one of the most used Arabic scripts in artistic expression due to its timeless aesthetic.
A roadmap for Dubai’s future
The Museum of the Future will present a clear roadmap for Dubai and the UAE’s future, through which all vital sectors stand to benefit from future economic, developmental, scientific, and humanitarian opportunities.
In addition, the Museum of the Future will be a major laboratory for governmental and non-governmental entities and institutions in Dubai, as well as a factory for ideas and perspectives to understand, design, and build the future.
Further, the museum aims to build a network of partnerships with major scientific and research institutions and centres in the world in order to host and promote in-depth dialogues about future trends shaping various developmental, economic, scientific, technological, and humanitarian sectors.
Spanning an area of 30,000 square meters, the seven-storey pillarless structure also represents a novel global intellectual center. It is a “living” laboratory designed to foster a spirit of collaborative innovation among leading scientists to inspire new out-of-the-box solutions to tomorrow’s greatest challenges and spur a new era of scientific discovery in the region and beyond.
The Museum of the Future seeks to lead the knowledge movement as a center for the latest advanced scientific and technological innovations.
In addition, the Museum of the Future will connect futurists, scientists, technologists and industry leaders by holding regular forums, dialogues, seminars, and research sessions throughout the year. The museum will also disseminate knowledge and research that sheds light on the most important scientific discoveries, developments and trends.
Three main elements
The Museum of the Future consists of three main elements: the hill or plateau from which the building rises, the external design of the building, and the exhibitions of the Museum.
The Museum employs the latest technologies in virtual and augmented reality, big data analysis, artificial intelligence, and human-machine interaction to answer many questions related to the future of humanity, cities, societies, and life on Earth, all the way to outer space.
The Museum of the Future features a multi-use hall that accommodates more than 1,000 people, and its sections include a special hall for interactive lectures and workshops that can accommodate more than 345 people.
It also includes innovation laboratories for health, education, smart cities, energy and transportation, a permanent museum of future innovations, and laboratories to generate and test new ideas, especially in developmental areas related to critical social challenges.
An experiential journey
The Museum of the Future takes its visitors on an experiential journey that transports them to the year 2071, which coincides with the centenary of the founding of the UAE. The journey takes visitors from a universal to a personal realm, based on an approach that emphasizes the importance of one’s connection to the universe within the framework of a relationship of mutual influence, and promotes the principle of each individual’s role in shaping the future.