Welcome back to my blog. Breaking the ice with an iconic landmark in Dubai that offers unique futuristic views and experiences, the Museum of the Future (MOTF).
Dubai’s Museum of the Future was at the top of my bucket list every time we drove past the gorgeous work of architectural masterpiece along the super highway of Sheikh Zayed road adjacent to the Emirates Towers. Museum of the Future’s exterior design, a gigantic steel-grey asymmetric torus building engraved with huge stunning 3D arabic calligraphy letters attracted my attention in admiration especially at night, how it would aesthetically illuminate Dubai’s city.
Finally launched on 22nd February, I booked my ticket early in March to visit one of the most iconic architecture by the Dubai Future Foundation. A ticket to Museum of the Future costs AED 145 per person. Advance booking directly from their website is advised – I booked the 10:30 a.m. slot. Dubai metro was a sustainable and flexible commute, exiting from the Emirates Towers metro station. It then took about five minutes walking distance to Museum of the Future.
Entrance to Museum of the Future was easy upon showing proof of my digital ticket which earned me a bracelet card access.
The interior exhibits a white themed elegant architecture with arabic calligraphy lighting up through the white glass-curved walls. Futuristic architectural design is also displayed by the sleek white spiral staircase and glass pod shaped elevators.
Designed by Emirati Artist Mattar bin Lahej, the Arabic caligraphy reflect lines of inspirational poetry by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makhtoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai as in this picture for a deeper understanding of the Arabic poem.
One of the features that amused me was the balloon-like floating penguin robot flapping its short fin-like wings as it casually floated through the air. That was a fascinating way to mentally prepare us to explore the future.
At the first exhibition, chapter 1 of Museum of the Future, our virtual assistant, Aya, and lovely tour guide ushered us into an elevator designed like a space craft named Hope after the UAE’s Mars Orbiter 100 Km above earth.
Designed with silver metal and glass walls screens all round including the ceiling and floor, showcasing the stunning graphic views and sound effects of space take off from earth launching into the OSS Hope Station where we could see earth.
The OSS Hope Station facilitated a wide range of outer space innovation, digital scientific encyclopedia, solar system, high-tech prototypes and robotic innovations that are designed to offer solutions. We applied as Astronaut Fleet pioneers to complete our mission.
Thereafter, we took the lift space craft down to our next exhibition offering stunning aerial view of UAE landmarks; we spotted the beautiful palm jumeirah as we got closer the space craft landed like a plane.
Chapter 2 was The Healing Institute. Right at the entrance, a large screen opens a gateway that showcases the vision of the future of Dubai’s landscape 50 years from now. It felt like we were looking through a window into the future as we watched a display of interplanetary travel, drone-like (flying) cars, floating robotic creatures, space rockets 🚀 and many other jaw dropping innovations! Giving us a view of the infinity future possibilities that science and technology can offer.
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Our Avatar, Aya, guided us through the Amazon rainforest explaining to us how human’s activities have led to destruction causing climate change. Urging us to take action.
The DNA Library is a dark room that displayed genetic code of over 2,500 species – animals, plants, aquatic life and humans – stored in neon-lit crystal specimen jars that transition into beautiful kaleidoscope of colors illuminating the dark room as a sign of hope to repair, restore and renew our ecosystem; a bio-synth device scans each species. However, time wasn’t enough to scan through all.
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Chapter 3 was Alwaha wellness center marked by the lotus flower. We were presented with a big plate of flower coupons to take a wish as we continued to explore the high-tech wellness center with audio-visual effects that stimulate senses, like the virtual sand bath floor and therapeutic meditation spa.
Lastly, we visited The Future of Travel exhibiting vehicles prototypes designed with cutting-edge technology that is eco-friendly. Self driving e-cars, drones, and plane-like robots.
Posing a question, ‘Can Robots Learn From Nature?’ displayed by bionic robots such as cyber dog, bionic ants, and hexa prototypes that showcase innovative solutions – how robots can be programmed to mimic humans, animals and plants to solve complex tasks that contribute to biodiversity and climate change.
To avoid being overwhelmed, we opted not to explore the kids exhibition which would be perfect for parents to spend unique quality bonding time with their kids.
Finally, we headed to the Museum of the Future’s viewing deck. An empty space right at the center which represents the ’unknown’. It brought us up-close with the gorgeous steel-grey with glass windows that spell out artistic poems in Arabic calligraphy, meant to spark creativity and innovation. The void is a poetic and artistic form that represents a big question and we, the answer. However empty it looks in this picture, I hate to break it down to you that you will encounter a crowded open space struggling to get a picture perfect insta-worthy shot because everyone needs to get their money’s worth. I was lucky to have a friend take the best pics of me in this architectural artistic futuristic masterpiece!
The beautiful Arabic calligraphy poems enveloping Museum of the Future by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Makhtoum translates to:
“We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone.”
“The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it and execute it. It isn’t something you await, but rather create.”
“The secret of the renewal of life, the development of civilisation and the progress of mankind is in one word: Innovation.”
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