The highly anticipated Museum of the Future is now open to the public. Standing at 77 metres tall, the architectural marvel is set to be a draw for the brightest talents in the fields of science, technology, research and innovation.
Billed as ‘the world’s most beautiful building’, 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 design employing data and parameters for construction.
The stainless-steel facade of the museum consists of 1,024 panels over an area of 17,600 square metres. The panels were produced using automated robotic arms in a first in the region, with each panel consisting of four layers. Each panel was individually installed, with the facade installation taking more than 18 months.
The building’s exterior is illuminated by 14,000 metres of light lines and decorated with inspirational quotes from the poetry of the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum’s. The poetry is presented in Arabic calligraphy, making it the only building in the world whose entire façade is adorned in calligraphy. Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej designed the text using Thuluth script, known for its timeless aesthetic.
The museum features a multi-use hall that accommodates more than 1,000 people, and its sections include a space for interactive lectures and workshops that can accommodate more than 345 people.
The venue takes 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 travels from a universal to a personal realm, based on an approach that emphasises the importance of one’s connection to the universe. The subtext aims to promote each individual’s role in shaping the future.
The opening ceremony featured several videos highlighting the concept of the Museum of the Future and the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed to transform Dubai into the most developed city in the world.
During the opening ceremony, His Highness 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.
“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 and Chairman of the Board of Trustees at Dubai Future Foundation, added: “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.”