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Dubai’s much-awaited 'Museum of the Future' opened to visitors on February 22, 2022.
The museum was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, whose vision for the future is the inspiration behind this project.
The seven-story museum stands on Sheikh Zayed Road in Dubai, sharing the skyline with the world’s tallest tower-Burj Khalifa.
A trip to the museum will offer a dynamic mix of experiences by allowing the visitors to also interact with their surroundings.
The torus-shaped (ring doughnut) building is a gleaming silver oval with an open center. The round shape represents the present, while the empty void in the center represents the unknown future.
Inspired by the ancient Chinese practice of Feng Shui, architect Shaun Killa designed the museum with a computer-aided design and engineering system in place. The architectural marvel is made of stainless steel consisting of 1024 plates, which were manufactured by robots for achieving the desired shapes.
The facade of the 78m-high museum took eight months to complete, which consists of four layers of composite material panels.
The structure's exterior walls are adorned with poetic verses in Arabic calligraphy, while the interior of the museum has a double helix staircase resembling the shape of DNA.
The 'Museum of the Future' will take the visitors to the distant future of the year 2071 through immersive exhibits and will demonstrate how society could evolve in the coming decades using science and technology.
The museum will be illuminated by 14 kilometers of LED lighting at night, giving it a breath-taking view. In addition, the museum is solar-powered by a dedicated solar park for promoting sustainability.
Different floors of the museum are dedicated to providing distinct experiences with a big theatre-like feeling to the visitors. For instance, three of the floors will exhibit the imagined future of colonies on the moon, the impact of climatic changes on earth, biodiversity, health and wellness, ecosystem, and spirituality.
Another floor will exhibit future technologies that will transform our world by finding solutions for challenges in health, water, food, transportation, and energy. The final floor dedicated to kids will feature interactive activities to help them learn through open play.
The Museum of the Future demonstrates a blend of technological advancement and human creativity to provide a unique experience belonging to the real and virtual worlds.