BY DEBAJYOTI CHAKRABORTY
DUBAI, 28 AUGUST 2022
There have been several museums in Dubai. Museum of Illusions in Bur Dubai,Dubai Coffee Museum located in Al Fahidi Historical District, Dubai Museum located in Al Fahidi Street in Bur Dubai, the Etihad Museum in Jumeirah Street , Pearl Museum in Deira.
But the museum that has created ripples in the Arabian gulf since its inauguration in a palindrome date in February this year is a modern architectural wonder – ‘Dubai Museum of Future’, located in Sheikh Zayed Road. A structure that resembles a massive eye but is actually a torus engraved with calligraphy. One of the many mind-blowing qualities is that the entire structure is one single system.
It reminds us of The Time Machine, a science fiction novel written by H.G.Wells, published in 1895.. The work is generally credited with the popularization of the concept of time travel by using a vehicle or device to travel purposely and selectively forward or backward through time. However, H.G. Wells handily inverts a core belief of his day – namely, that scientific and technological progress would, inevitably, lead to a better tomorrow.
THE MUSEUM OF FUTURE : A NEW BEACON OF HOPE FOR KNOWLEDGE AND INNOVATION —
Often, we find ourselves wondering what the future could look like, envisioning an array of possibilities and questioning our own positioning in the world of tomorrow. What will our life look like? What will the future hold for our children?
Today, the future is at the very doorstep of humanity, the opportunity is here as we believe that the future is something we ourselves can design.
Driven by the wise vision of its leadership, as always, Dubai has brought to life a one of a kind hub, for visionaries, talents and great minds from around the globe to shape the future, the Museum of the Future”, welcomes the visitors to embark on a journey to the year 2071.
From Dubai and the UAE to the rest of the world, the Museum of the Future is a ‘living museum’ aiming to contribute to a deep intellectual movement, through connecting thinkers and experts from around the world and acting as a test bed for future generations to create innovative solutions to meet the upcoming social challenges.
As described by the Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Museum of the Future is “the most beautiful building on Earth”. It is a spectacular building that speaks Arabic, representing the revival of Arab excellence in the fields of science, mathematics and research, and an appreciation of the past Arab intellectuals that aims at resuming Arab civilization and renaissance.
Rising 77 metres (225 feet) above the ground, the striking structure is an architectural marvel, built by using robotic technology and with an emphasis on sustainability. The building is powered with 4,000 megawatts of solar energy. The pillarless structure is home to seven unique and distinct floors. For its visitors, the museum comprises an unparalleled window to experience the future in all its aspects and dimensions.
The Museum of the Future employs the latest technologies of virtual and augmented reality, data analysis, artificial intelligence and human machine interaction. Answering many questions related to the future of humans, cities, societies, life on planet Earth and outer space, the museum’s exhibits orchestrate a world beyond human knowledge, providing visitors with innovative experiences unfold across five different exhibitions that explore the future of space travel and living, climate change and ecology, health, wellness, and spirituality.
The immersive experience will also see its visitors in an entirely new environment as they are re-introduced to planet Earth, the future of healing, sustainability and bioengineering technology. Reflecting the UAE’s ongoing work in sustainability and environmental stability, this part of the visitors’ journey also highlights the UAE position as one of the first countries to announce its commitment to achieving climate neutrality by 2050, and a homage to the country’s efforts in planning to host the 28 th United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP 28) in Abu Dhabi in 2023.
In an environment centred around health, wellbeing and the sense of self, visitors will embark on a peaceful and empowering journey, as light will be shed on reconnecting to human senses and learning to
detach from the personal immense use of technology. The Museum of the Future also showcases novel innovations from the near future through its partnerships with industry-leading companies and organisations to highlight emerging technologies and trends created for the betterment of humanity.
Believing that the future does not have an age preference, this museum will provide children with dedicated experience that encourages their youngest minds to explore and learn several future-proofing skills through an open-world experience, in a step that helps them to innovate, and allows them to create the future they look forward to and to be a pivotal part of its characteristics.
The Museum covers a total area of 30,000 sq metres illuminated with Arabic calligraphy designed by Bin Lahej.
TIMINGS AND TICKET:
It remains open on all 7 days of the week and entry is free for children. Adults have to pay AED 145 or around INR, Rs.3000.
It remains open from 10 AM to 6 PM everyday.