On February 22, 2022, Dubai officially opened the Museum of the Future (MOTF), a brand new exhibition space dedicated to innovative and futuristic ideologies.
Located in the financial district of Dubai, the futuristic building was designed by local Killa Designs to be “an architectural and cultural icon.” Made entirely of stainless steel, its torus-shaped structure was manufactured by robots without the need for internal columns – a significant breakthrough in urban engineering.
Before even entering the museum, visitors are sure to be awe-struck by the exterior alone, which is completely covered in Arabic calligraphy. With a closer look, these inscriptions are based on three inspirational quotes from the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum. They read as follows:
- “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it.”
- “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.”
- “Innovation is not an intellectual luxury. It is the secret behind the evolution and rejuvenation of nations and peoples.”
During the day, these inscriptions cast light throughout the museum’s interior, and at night, they are completely illuminated with LED lighting.
As a key supporter of the project, HH Sheikh Mohmmad inaugurated the museum on February 22nd. Here, 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.
During the inauguration, he explained that MOTF 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 in 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.”
MOTF was ultimately made possible by the Dubai Future Foundation, dedicated to making Dubai one of the most futuristic cities in the world. With this in mind, the building’s design itself showcases the limitless possibilities of sustainable architecture and green technology.
Thanks to the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, the museum is entirely powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy. It is the first museum in the entire Middle East to earn a LEED Platinum certification, the highest rating possible for green buildings worldwide.
These sustainable concepts have also been incorporated into the surrounding park, now filled with 80 different species of plants that are sustained by automatic irrigation and greywater recycling systems. Here, visitors can charge their electric vehicles, however, parking has been limited to encourage public transportation.
Now open to the public, visitors can explore seven stories full of immersive experiences that give a glimpse into the next 50 years. From exhibitions to workshops and cutting-edge laboratories, the museum is focused on revolutionizing humanity and solving the emerging challenges of the 21st century. This includes everything from the future of space exploration, to climate change, health and wellness, smart cities, energy, transportation and so much more.
Speaking to the museum and the bright future ahead, Mohammed Al Gergawi, Chairman of the Dubai Future Foundation said “The Museum of the Future is a ‘living museum’, constantly adapting and metamorphosing as its very environment drives continual and iterative change to its exhibits and attractions.”
To learn more about The Museum of the Future in Dubai, visit the museum’s official website.