“The world is entering a new era of accelerated knowledge and great technological revolutions,” commented United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum. “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.”
The building will be constructed in the shape of a hollow oval structure, fitted with a holographic billboard at its centre. Steel panels inscribed with Arabic poetry will clad the exterior, and large sections of the structure will be built using 3D-printed components.
“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.”
The museum will be located beside the Emirates Towers on Sheikh Zayed Road, a short drive from the Burj Khalifa - the world’s tallest built structure.
The Museum of the Future is slated to cost $136 million, and is expected to open in 2017.