Yet to be completed, the new attraction is already an architectural landmark
National Geographic has included Dubai’s Museum of the Future in its list of the 14 most beautiful museums in the world, crediting its astounding architecture and sophisticated technological innovations.
Nearing completion, The Museum of the Future sits at the heart of Dubai and is set to become a new global landmark.
Commenting on the museum’s inclusion in the list, Dubai Future Foundation managing director and Board of Trustees vice chairman Mohammad Al Gergawi said: “Dubai has established itself as a centre for creativity, thanks to the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai. The emirate’s ambitions are reflected in an engineering miracle like Dubai’s Museum of the Future that has been globally recognised as one of the world’s most beautiful museums even before its completion.
“The museum presents the UAE’s and the world’s gateway to the future with its design and latest technologies. The engineering icon positions Dubai as a testbed for emerging technologies and an exploration base for talents, inventors and creative professionals from all over the world to unravel the greatest challenges that will shape the future of humanity. Once complete, the museum will give visitors a glimpse of the future.”
Designed by Engineer Sean Keila and spanning an area of 30,000 square metres, the seven-storey pillar-free structure stands at 77 metres high. The stainless steel facade, which extends over 17,000 square metres, is illuminated by 14,000 metres of Arabic calligraphy designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej.
The calligraphy that adorns the facade includes quotes by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum; among them: “We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone” and “The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it… The future does not wait… The future can be designed and built today.”
A model for sustainability in creative design, Dubai’s Museum of the Future is powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy produced by a station connected to the building, in collaboration with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority.
Once completed, the museum will be the first establishment of its kind in the Middle East to obtain a Platinum Certification for Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design, the highest rating for green buildings in the world.
In addition to this latest acknowledgement, The Museum of the Future has won the Tikla International Building Award for unique architectural model.
For more information, visit www.museumofthefuture.ae