Dubai’s ‘Museum of the Future’ among world’s 14 most beautiful museums; Nat Geo

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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The ‘Museum of the Future’ in Dubai has been named as one of the world’s 14 most beautiful museums by National Geographic for its stunning architecture and extraordinary technological innovations. 

Once completed, the Museum of the Future, an architectural marvel in the heart of Dubai, is set to become a new global landmark. The selection of the Museum of the Future as a major world icon, even before its completion, captures the UAE’s leading status in innovation, design and architecture. Engineer Mr. Sean Keila designed the structure.

Mohammad Al Gergawi
Mohammad Al Gergawi
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Board of Trustees
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Dubai Future Foundation

“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.”

The seven-story, pillarless tower is 30,000 square meters in area and reaches 77 meters high. The 17,000 square meters stainless steel facade is illuminated by 14,000 square meters of Arabic calligraphy designed by Emirati artist Mr. Mattar bin Lahej. Also, the museum is linked by two bridges, the first extending to Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with a length of 69 meters, and the second linking it to the Emirates Towers metro station, with a length of 212 meters.

In a first-of-its-kind initiative in the Middle East, the facade is made up of 1,024 plates manufactured entirely by robots. Each plate of the facade consists of four layers, each of which has been constructed using 16 different processes. The installation period of the external facade lasted over the course of more than 18 months, and each of the panels was installed separately.

Dubai’s Museum of the Future, a model for sustainability in creative architecture, is powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy generated by a station linked to the building, in partnership with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA). The museum will be the first of its kind in the Middle East to receive Platinum certification for Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design once it is completed.

The museum’s park has 80 plant varieties and is equipped with a state-of-the-art intelligent and autonomous irrigation system. The Tikla International Building Award was given to the Museum of the Future as a distinctive architectural model. According to architecture, the museum is one of the most inventive structures in the world. 

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