Everything you need to know about the Dubai Museum of the Future
Our extraordinary journey into the museum of the future Recently opened in Dubai
Only a big, quite suspended eye for seeing over the human mind. Recently opened in Dubai the Museum of the Future is considered to be the best and most beautiful building in the world. A sort of miracle of modern architecture. Creflects a far ahead technological system and digital research. A place for creating a new world, future communities and to enhance people’s lives. This is also the will of the creators “Leading the science and knowledge movement in the region, - the curators say - it will bring together Great Arab Minds and direct their creativity and knowledge to shape a better future for humanity”.
The idea is mixing together the human imagination, creativity and innovation in a sort of endless development, with additional exhibitions in a continuos circluating way. “It will be - they add - an incubator for global visionaries”. And really it is easy to belive. The building in fact is a sort of dream, something ascending in to the sky.
“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create”. This is one of the three inspirational quotes that you can read on the facade, written by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The oval structure forms a human eye representing the knowledge we bare witness today and refers to the future vision. It is totally covered by the Arabic calligraphy which represents the philosophical idea of Sheikh Mohammed for the future. “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone”. And he also writes: “Innovation is not an intellectual luxury. It is the secret behind the evolution and rejuvenation of nations and people”. Words that transform the building in an armonius embroidery. The museum occupys seven floors inside with no internal pillars reacheing 77 metres in height, spanning an area of 30,000 square metres.
Its intended use is for a living laboratory and for leading world wide scientists who are building future innovations. A sort of wedding between the ancient world knowledge and the most innovative reserch “The Museum - the curators confirm - will create a global platform for pioneers, innovators, and critical thinkers to exchange ideas, concepts and visions to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development and shape a fair future that works for everyone”.
An engineering miracle, which took nine years to complete, but it is already recognized as the most beautiful building on earth. And it is considered a model of sustainaibility. The entire surface is made of developed glass, manufactured with new technologies to improve the quality of the interior and exterior thermal insolation.
The facade extends over an area of 17,600 square metres, and the panels, made of stainless steel were produced using automated robotic arms, and no two of them are alike. Not only, its design pays homage to digital technology, through the 1024 panels covering the facade. The number of panels represents a kilobyte, a basic unit of the digital information storage system of computers. Furthermore the facade is lit by 14 thousand metres of programmable Led lighting.
The museum employs the latest technologies of virtual and augmented reality, big data analysis, artificial intelligence and human machine interaction. Its aim is to provide visitors with exciting experiences that answer many questions related to the future of humans, cities, societies, life in outer space and all the way down to planet Earth. Inside the museum there is a platform for displaying and testing the innovations of the world’s leading technology companies and a place for partnerships with major universities and international research institutes.
So, this iconic museum represents the idea of the future of the Emirate. Starting from the green plateau, upon which the building stands. Moving closer guests discover that the hill is a large garden comprising of around 100 species of trees and plants, reflecting the natural diversity that is an integral part of the United Arab Emirates’ heritage. Ghaf, Sidr, Palm and Acacia trees that are well-adapted to local environmental conditions. Some of them, like the Ghaf Tree are authentic and abundant in the UAE’s desert, which can tolerate heat and can reach almost 30 metres in height with roots extending up to 50 metres underground. In 2019, this tree was selected to be a symbol for UAE’s Year of tolerance. As well as the Sidr Tree which can tolerate salinity, drought and overgrazing. It is a tall and evergreen tree. And, if the Palm is a typical tree of the region, the Acacia Tree is a new entry which is ideal for desert contitions. In fact it can grow over sand dunes, rocky surfaces and at the bottom of muddy valleys. Furthemore it avoids flooded areas wich have seasonal torrential rains. Not only the building but also its surrondings are created for giving an unique experience to the visitors. MOTF inspires humanity to reimagine the future. 50 years from now, they assure all the possibilities through distinctive themes that give an expansive and immersive experience which taps into all five senses.