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Museum of the Future turns one. Here’s why it’s unique

Dubai’s latest architectural wonder, Museum of the Future, turns one today. In a span of 365 days, the futuristic museum has enchanted residents and visitors with exhibitions that feature future technologies, immersive theatrical experiences and themed attractions. It has amazed political leaders and entertainers as well as the general public, giving them a glimpse into the future. So, what is special about the museum?

Ten things to know about Museum of the Future :

  1. Put together by Dubai Future Foundation under the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, the museum was designed as an asymmetric torus by Dubai-based architectural studio Killa Design. Arabic calligraphy marks its gleaming exterior representing the revival of Arab excellence in the fields of science, mathematics and research.
  2. The pillarless structure, built using robotic technology, is home to seven distinct floors. Three of the seven museum floors show current technological research – resource development research for future outer space travel; ecosystems and bio-engineering; latest developments in healthcare and human well-being. Three other floors are devoted to developing, near-future technologies. The seventh floor is dedicated to children, as they represent the future.
  3. A robot family is there to greet the visiting humans. A flying jellyfish or penguin form part of the welcome team at the museum. Then there is Ameca, the humanoid, on Level 2 replying to visitor questions in English. Robodog, the non-furry canine, greets in the lobby. Bob, the robotic barista arm, makes coffee booked through an app with zero human intervention.
  4. It lays emphasis on sustainability. The building is powered with 4,000 megawatts of solar energy. The garden around the structure is filled with succulent plant species that can withstand Dubai’s hot climate.
  5. In line with its efforts to reinforce the importance of health and well-being, the museum hosted a schedule of five activities under the theme of ‘Future Fit’ alongside the Dubai Fitness Challenge from November 5 – 26. These activities included yoga sessions, exercise bootcamps, and spin classes in collaboration with Crank, an indoor cycling and boutique fitness studio.
  6. During summer vacation for schools, the museum hosted its Future Heroes Summer Camp for children from August 2-19. This had highly educative and entertaining programmes focussing on science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics.
  7. From South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to Rwandan Prime Minister Edouard Ngirente, heads of states of various nations have visited the architectural marvel. British actor Idris Elba and his wife Sabrina were the speakers at the latest Dubai Future Talks series on February 16, when they were honoured with the Impact Awards.
  8. It has opened a physical store with an AI-driven audio offering limited-edition and exclusive items including replicas from some of its most popular exhibits.
  9. The museum, situated in Dubai’s financial district, welcomes visitors daily from 10 am to 9 pm. The last slot is 7.30 pm.
  10. The ticket costs AED 145 and has to be booked online. Children under three, people of determination and senior Emirati citizens can visit free of cost.
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