The Museum of the Future: Dubai’s Newest Architectural Marvel
The Museum of the Future, Dubai’s newest architectural marvel, opened to the public in late February in an outstanding building.
Designed in a unique curvilinear shape and covered in Arabic poetry by Sheikh Maktoum, the museum envisages the world in 2071. Across six floors, it is packed with lucid interactive displays relating to earth, outer space, the mind, body, and spirit.
Designed by Dubai-based studio Killa Design and named last year as one of National Geographic’s most beautiful buildings, located by Sheikh Zayed Road, surrounded by dozens of skyscrapers and it suggests Dubai’s vision in the future.
The museum presents the front-facing portion of Dubai’s Future Foundation, a public/private sector initiative spearheaded by Mohammad bin Abdullah Al Gergawi, a prominent Emerati politician.
With all the hype the last 2 weeks of February surrounding the building’s inauguration, which included a breathtaking light show and speeches by rulers and major power brokers, the path is paved now for the museum to make its stamp as Dubai moves from its oil-based economy to a tourist-based one and, hopefully, into an intellectual hub.
Concluding the inauguration on Tuesday Feb 22, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, Crown Prince of Dubai and chairman of the Future Foundation’s board of trustees, said he sees the museum as “an intellectual laboratory for cities of the future and governments of the future.”
“It will play a key role in strengthening Dubai’s future position [and] a clear road map for Dubai’s vital sectors,” he added.
McGetrick , the museum’s creative director, said he hopes people will realize that the museum is ultimately seeking to sort out “the challenges and imperfections of the present and imagine ways in which these problems could provide the inspiration and raw material for a better future.”
“When we first started with temporary exhibitions at the World Government Summit in Dubai in 2019, we felt back then, as we do now, that the most urgent crisis we must confront is the crisis of imagination,” he told Artnet news.