Dubai’s new landmark project Museum of the Future is set to showcase innovation and technology. In fact, it will be “filled with innovation facilities and design studios,” as well as serve as “a repository for ideas not yet conceived [and] and an incubator for futuristic innovations and designs”; it’s also “an incubator for ideas, a driver for innovation, and a destination for inventors and entrepreneurs from around the world,” says HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai. Once completed, in 2019, and officially opened in 2020, it will also be a new architectural landmark and tourist destination.
The museum is located at the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road and will be a true engineering marvel. Denis McNelis, engineering manager at BAM International, in fact, believes it will be one of the region’s most intricately designed developments. “A building with this complexity has never been done, not with this shape of the facade and the superstructure,” says Derek Bourke, BIM manager for construction firm BAM International.
The Museum of the Future was designed by architect Shaun Killa who employed advanced building information modelling (BIM) and 3D modelling technologies to create an egg-shaped superstructure, a gleaming silver oval with an open center that features of an impressive steel and glass façade. A major design feature is an Arabic poem about innovation woven into the exterior of the building. Killa said: “The solid element of the building symbolizes what we know today representing what we know to be the future, and the void represents what we don’t know. So we constantly are looking towards the future and discovering new possibilities.”
McNelis told Construction Week the museum will showcase innovations in fields such as health, transportation, and education and is to also offer advanced courses and specialized workshops, as well as public talks and events. In line with the museum’s motto, “See the future, create the future, all the content of the museum will be completely changed every six months;” this will ensure we will always look 10 years into the future. Researchers, innovators and designers will collaborate to projects in a variety of fields, including robotics genetics and transportation.
It is no coincidence that such a project was created in the Emirate of Dubai that has already begun to build a bright and prosperous future today and is positioning itself as a global hub for future technologies; in fact, it is already collaborating with several academic institutions, and companies on innovative programs and products.
The ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, launched the ‘Museum of the Future’ as part of the 2018 World Government Summit to be a showpiece of technological advancements, as stated on the official website dubaifuture.gov.ae. The $136-million attraction will be “a destination for scientists, innovators and experts [as well as entrepreneurs and financiers] who are interested in shaping the future.” Such a place aims to “empower creative minds to test, fund & market ideas for futuristic prototypes & services.”