Dubai's Museum of the Future will open on February 22

Announcement made by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai

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Dubai's eagerly-awaited Museum of the Future will open to the public on February 22.

The news was announced by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, on Thursday.

Sheikh Mohammed hailed the striking structure as the "most beautiful building on earth" when revealing the launch date on Twitter.

He said the grand opening of the Downtown Dubai venue will be part of an "exceptional year" for the Emirates.

The attraction has long been lauded as an architectural marvel and has already won global acclaim.

It was named one of the 14 most beautiful museums on the planet in a list compiled by National Geographic magazine in July.

Dubai's Museum of the Future recognised as one of world's most beautiful

Dubai's Museum of the Future recognised as one of world's most beautiful

Other eye-catching museums featured included Shanghai Museum of Astronomy in China, the National Museum of African American History and Culture in the US capital, Washington, and the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum in Spain.

The spectacular landmark in Dubai was praised for its dazzling design and cutting-edge technological innovation.

Spanning an area of 30,000 square metres, the seven-storey structure is 77m tall.

The vast space will be home to a research centre with labs and classrooms, as well as space for museum-goers to experience new technologies

The stainless steel facade, which extends over 17,000 square metres, is illuminated by 14,000m of Arabic calligraphy designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej.

Two bridges link to the museum. The first extends to Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with a length of 69m, while the second - 212m - links it to the Emirates Towers metro station.

The facade consists of 1,024 plates manufactured entirely by robots in a first of its kind venture in the Middle East. Each plate consists of four layers, with each layer created through a 16-step process, said officials.

Dubai's Museum of the Future will be powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy produced by a station connected to the building.

A park surrounding the museum contains 80 species of plants and is equipped with a state of the art intelligent and automatic irrigation system.

The futuristic museum is primed to be an incubator of ingenuity, attracting the brightest inventors and entrepreneurs and opening a window to the future for the general public.

It will showcase advanced technologies which will shape society for decades to come, including virtual and augmented reality, big data analysis, artificial intelligence and human-machine interaction.

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Updated: February 03, 2022, 12:13 PM