Since February 22 (that is to say 02/22/22), a new and highly anticipated museum has opened its doors in Dubai: the Museum of the Future. This museum, located in the business district (in an incredible building, built just in front of the Emirates Tower) and whose construction started in 2016, is entirely dedicated to the great technological innovations which will be born in the years to come. Here's a quick rundown of what you can discover right now when you visit this new must-see attraction in the emirate. If you don't know what to do in Dubai yet, then go ahead and add a visit to the Museum of the Future to your list!
An architectural feat
Architect Shaun Killa, who has already made a name for himself in Dubai, designed the elliptical building that houses the Dubai Museum of the Future. Unlike many of the city's other buildings (which are always taller and more imposing), a rounded design was implemented here.
From the outside, the metal-framed museum is intriguingly shaped like an asymmetrical silver ring, with three large Arabic quotations cut into it – they also serve as windows. The circular shape of the building represents humanity, its green base represents the earth, and the hole in the center of the ring represents the unknown future. If you want to see more pictures of the museum, you can click on the button below.
The quotes come from Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Emir of Dubai and Vice President of the United Arab Emirates. One of them means "The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”
This incredible building – a marvel of architecture and engineering – is far from competing in height with the Burj Khalifa tower, located on the other side of the business district. But it is still one of the most complex projects ever built. Its realization required an extraordinary construction site and the use of unprecedented construction techniques. It does not rest on any pillars!
The result lives up to expectations, and this building, already considered by some to be the most beautiful on the planet, really does seem to be the ideal place to house Dubai's Museum of the Future.
A journey to the Future
This museum, which was founded by the Dubai Future Fondation, aims to present all the major innovations that are expected in the next 30 years. The exhibits will help visitors to understand these changes and how technology can help humanity, especially in the field of ecology.
Visitors to the museum can see exhibits, participate in workshops, attend conferences and interactive presentations, and learn about the three major projects that will help us overcome the climate changes expected in the coming decades: rethinking urbanization, ensuring the supply of drinking water and optimizing food production.
The Dubai Museum of the Future's program
Here's a sneak peek at some of the futuristic experiences you'll find in the Museum of the Future:
- Climb aboard a simulated space shuttle for a trip to the space station located about 375 miles above our planet! You will discover how the moon could perhaps be used as an energy source. The tour also offers a glimpse of what the space station might look like decades from now (in 2071!), with a glimpse into the lives of the people who will inhabit it and the discoveries they might make.
- Immerse yourself in an augmented reality recreation of the Amazon rainforest and discover how all living species interact with each other.
- Discover a DNA library that collects the genetic information of thousands of species – the Vault of Life.
- Visit a wellness center designed to help you reconnect with your own senses and not let technology take their place.
You will also have the opportunity to discover an exhibition dedicated to technologies that are expected to arrive in the very near future, to discover in depth what the next decade holds for us. These technological discoveries made by researchers and companies have the potential to change the way we live culturally, socially, politically and environmentally.
What’s more, you will also be able to attend conferences where personalities from the scientific world will come and talk about their vision of the future. You can find the calendar of these events and register to attend them on this page.
Future Heroes – the Future within the reach of children
This space, entirely dedicated to the youngest (children under 10), features exhibits and games that encourage children to use their imagination to build while communicating with others and having fun.
In this great screen-free experience that takes the best of video games and translates it into real life, kids must work together to solve challenges and problems in a limited time, to earn reward badges.
Dubai museum of the future – opening hours and prices
Just a few days after the opening of the museum, tickets were already sold out for the entire week ahead. Even today, the museum is regularly sold out several days in advance – so don't hesitate to book your tickets as soon as possible to be sure to visit the Museum of the Future in Dubai.
The Museum of the Future is open every day of the week without exception, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The ticket to visit this museum costs 145 AED, about $39.
Visits are free for children under 3 years old and for disabled people. Note that even those who can visit the museum for free are required to schedule their visit! When booking your tickets, don't forget to take tickets for all concerned: those for children under 3 years old and for disabled people will be free and therefore will not influence the total price – but don't forget to include them!
How to get to the Museum of the Future in Dubai?
The Dubai Museum of the Future is adjacent to the Jumeirah Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road.
You can get there by taking the Dubai Metro on the Red Line and getting off at Towers Station. A bridge connects this station directly to the museum. Don’t hesitate to go read my article on the Maps of Dubai if you want to see things a bit more clearly.
You can also reach the museum by taking the bus in Dubai (lines 27,29 and X22) and getting off at Emirates Towers. Additionally, private parking is available for those who drive.