Dubai unveils vision for Museum of the Future
to showcase innovation in design


An oval museum filled with robots and other technological inventions has been scheduled for construction in Dubai (+ movie).

Dubai Museum of the Future

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, revealed plans this week for the Museum of the Future – an institution dedicated to innovation in design and technology.


The Dubai ruler said on Twitter that the museum will be "a destination for the best and brightest inventors and entrepreneurs", offering an "integrated environment empowering creative minds to test, fund and market ideas for futuristic prototypes and services".

Dubai Museum of the Future

Set for completion in 2017, the museum will be located beside the Emirates Towers on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road. The name of the architect has not yet been revealed.

Dubai Museum of the Future

A two-minute movie fly-through reveals designs for a hollow oval structure, with a holographic billboard at its centre. Steel panels will clad its exterior, inscribed with some of Sheikh Mohammed's Arabic poetry.

Large sections of the structure are also expected to be built using 3D-printed components.

Dubai Museum of the Future

The building's motto will be "See the future, create the future". It is expected to bring together inventors, designers and researchers, presenting a range of technologies in automotives, robotics, genetics and more.


"The Museum of the Future will be an incubator for ideas and real designs, a driver for innovation and a global destination for inventors and entrepreneurs,” said Sheikh Mohammad at the launch.

"The world is entering a new era of accelerated knowledge and great technological revolutions," he added. "We aim to lead in that era, not to follow and lag behind. The Museum of the Future is the first step of many to come, marking the beginning of great achievements."

Dubai Museum of the Future

The museum will be located a short drive away from the 828-metre-high Burj Khalifa – the world's tallest built structure. Other ambitious projects underway in the emirate include a pair of buildings expected to become the world's tallest twin towers, a sculptural hotel by Zaha Hadid and the world's first indoor city.

  • majkelecek

    I, Robot. I suspect this will look very dated in ‘the future’.

  • SteveLeo

    Is this a trailer for Duba-i robot?

  • Ross

    Welcome to the WORRRRRRLD of tomorrow!

  • Dylan Milne

    Do museums of the future ever work?

    I much prefer science museums that rely on the cutting edge of technology and the great achievements that have already been made, rather than future “museums”, which create far-fetched fantasy.

  • Bassel

    Oh come on Dubai this is, ah, not bad at all!

  • spadestick

    Ahhh…. the land of extremely large electrical bills and tasteless bling.

  • Freddy Garcia

    What an irony: a museum for the future, while living in a middle-aged mentality and culture.

  • Rafel

    Most important requirement, it must be super expensive.

  • Brennan Murray

    I don’t know, I just find myself asking one question. WHY? Why is it a weird ellipsoid? Why does it seem so un-related and not integrated to the site?

    Why is it so contrite? Shiny “routed/laser forms” don’t equal the future. If this was supposed to be a beautiful sculptural element my opinion, they’ve missed the mark.

    This form has been seen and completed in a better fashion so many times before. Instead of trying to design what the future will look like, why not embrace the ideals of what a building from the future should have?

    Such as a LEED Gold building; a building that seamlessly blends the interior and exterior environments. One that constitutes good circulation and flow of traffic. No instead we are just left with a shiny egg with a hole in the middle.

    Not impressed at all! For a place where the budget is usually whatever you want it to be, I’m not impressed. This looks like a sorry excuse for an architect to make their claim to fame.

    Well they might be famous, but not for why he or she thinks. Just my measly 2¢.