I was one of the Museum of the Future's first visitors - this is what it's like

The new landmark was officially inaugurated by on Tuesday by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai

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At the Museum of the Future, not only will you see the impressive trajectory of the UAE, you will actually taste it.

That happens through the flavour of rich and expertly brewed coffee.

When entering the stunning venue near Dubai International Finance Centre, off Sheikh Zayed Road, you will find a cosy in-house cafe on the right.

There is no staff nor physical menu. Instead, a robot barista is on hand to make your favourite cuppa after ordering and paying via your mobile phone.

The flat whites are note-perfect, with a deft balance of milk and rich coffee that may elude mere mortals.

“It’s all about consistency,” says Wayne Oberholzer, of Dubai’s Nightjar Coffee Roaster. “I don’t think the days of the barista are numbered, but robots will augment what they do and they will maintain that quality at all hours of the day in various environments.”

If the caffeine doesn’t perk you up, the assortment of penguins and octopuses flying around the spacious white lobby will.

A drone of a octopus at the Museum of the Future which opened in Dubai on the 22nd of February. Chris Whiteoak / The National

The drones, powered by blue track-suited men in hidden corners, glide and pirouette in front of a series of capsule elevators silently zooming up and down the museum’s seven floors, almost kissing the walls adorned with engravings of Vice President and Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid's poetry.

Admire these and then move on to collect your pre-booked tickets at one of the many self-service kiosks.

Then your voyage to 2071 begins, at the Journey of the Pioneers, one of the museum’s five zones.

A dark room is lit by the video display of Aya, an Emirati virtual guide who ushers visitors into a nearby shuttle for their journey to outer space, to visit the UAE’s Orbiting Space Station.

We are already in 2071, she expla