Due to the pandemic, the most anticipated art event of 2020 has been postponed to 2021 and we are all looking forward to the moment when we can discover the Museum of the Future in Dubai.
Construction of this unique building began in 2015 and was preparing for the 2020 World’s Fair, but the coronavirus spoiled plans. The Dubai government’s swift response to the disease has made the emirate one of the first points on earth to reopen its doors to tourists from all over the world. What’s more, four months after the tourist launch, Dubai continues to be the safest place on earth.
The Museum of the Future features a design that’s leaving everyone in awe. The architectural world defines the futuristic shape of the museum as a torus with an elliptical void, but a giant hula hoop might be a more accessible point of reference. The exterior of the museum is an inspiration from the “Feng Shui,” where a representation of the Earth and sky surrounds the unknown (the hollow space in the middle). It is about 17,000 sqm in size and features beautiful Arabic calligraphy all over it. At night, it lights up with LED solar-powered bulbs.
The letters are quotes from Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, translating 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. The future does not wait.The future can be designed and built today.”
The museum’s exhibitions also will emphasise sustainability. There will be entire floors dedicated to climate change, as well as outer space and the future of healthcare and wellness. The museum will address the effect of global warming on critical ecosystems and how these might be repaired. It will look at how solar energy collection in space and asteroid mining could be used for the benefit of humanity, and will even touch upon the subject of spirituality.
The interior of the Museum of the Future will be divided into sections for different themes. Each theme has its own floor:
- The first floor will explore exhibitions that focus on outer space and its potential in the future—resources, ecosystems, health and safety, and bioengineering.
- The second floor will be dedicated to future technology with the goal to change the world as we know it in areas such as food, energy, water, and transportation.
- The third floor will be for future leaders—the kids. Various challenges and exercises will be waiting for them to prepare them to be heroes in the future.
Info from bbc.com