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The Museum of the Future is a unique incubator for futuristic innovations and design, currently under construction in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Opening in 2020, the Museum will become the world’s largest and most exciting way to discover tomorrow’s trends and opportunities.

The museum’s motto, “See the future, create the future”, reflects a new approach to government innovation. Rather than just displaying exhibits or publishing reports, the new institution will use design, technology prototyping and foresight to create real examples of change. The Museum is the first of its kind and represents a leading example of entrepreneurial governments embracing change and creating futuristic visions for a better world.

Organized by the Dubai Future Foundation as part of the World Government Summit, the Museum focuses on shaping the future of robotics and artificial intelligence and their impact on human life. It also offers a unique interactive experience to visitors by attempting to explore the future of this sector.


The Museum has three underlying themes. Firstly, it addresses how robots and artificial intelligence improve human mental and physical capabilities. The Museum offers a glimpse into NewKnees that give their users superhuman abilities to run and jump.

Secondly, the Museum focuses on the relation between humans and robots, looking for answers to questions like: ‘How does it feel to have robots care for the elderly, and will the relation between robots and humans develop to become similar to inter-human relations.

The third theme showcases how the development of artificial intelligence technologies will affect the management and decision-making processes. It seeks to answer questions on how confident we are when it comes to letting artificial intelligence systems manage our own money and select our own careers.

Image courtesy of BuroHappold Engineering
The oval-shaped building with a hole will centre on a holographic billboard and feature exhibits on different areas of innovation from education to healthcare. Large components of the building will even be 3D printed for the cause.
In March 2015 construction has begun in Dubai on the $136-million museum. Nestled beneath soaring skyscrapers in the posh Emirates Towers area, its oval design is genuinely striking.

Architect Shaun Killa

The museum has been designed by architect Shaun Killa, who left his role as design director of Atkins Dubai to set up his own architecture practice, Killa Partnership about two years ago.
Shaun studied architecture at the University of Cape Town and worked for awarding winning firms in South Africa. He moved to Dubai and joining Atkins in 1998. He worked on the Burj Al Arab and became design director for Atkins Dubai. The architect designed the world’s first large scale integration of wind turbines on the Bahrain World Trade Centre.

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