The sparkling desert city of Dubai is known for its plethora of iconic buildings — think the Burj Khalifa and Palm Jumeirah. Adding to the city’s repertoire of architectural marvels is the newly-opened Museum of the Future (MOTF) that adopts a ground-breaking approach to museum design. Don’t believe us? Just take a look for yourself.

The launch

Choosing the auspicious date of what’s known as two’s day — 22 February 2022 (a numerical ambigram and palindrome that fell on the second day of the week) — is what’s considered the world’s most technologically advanced and aesthetically stunning tourist destination.

Of course, you can bet that a building that heralds the future had a launch befitting that theme. It was holograms galore this evening!

The architecture

The gleaming building’s facade is coated in stainless steel panels created by robots, and featuring Arabic calligraphy lines signifying three quotes on the future by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE, and ruler of Dubai.

The scripture, that serves as windows, is made of over 1,000 fire-retardant composite panels clad in stainless steel, each of which was uniquely designed.

One of the quotations adorning the facade reads: “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.”

Touted as the world’s most beautiful building, this museum dedicated to the future was designed by Killa Design, a local studio. Perched on a grass-covered mound, it spans a colossal 323,000 square feet and comprises seven stories dedicated to different experiences.

The inside

The first three floors of the museum are dedicated to the future of humanity in outer space, as well as the future wonders of ecology and human well-being. Meanwhile, the remaining three floors feature innovations related to health, water, food, and transportation, with the fourth floor dedicated to children.

MOTF has partnered with worldwide businesses and national institutions to display tomorrow’s products and ideas in the fields of technology, sustainability, transportation, health, and space, in addition to the immersive exhibition space.

Want to be among the first people to step inside? Tickets for the Museum of the Future are now available for pre-booking on the MOTF website.