A Beacon of Hope
We are home for optimistic imagination, committed to a more sustainable future for all. Our goal is to inspire and empower people to positively shape humanity’s next chapter.
The building is an architectural and engineering marvel. It confidently straddles the past and the future, applying advanced technology to traditional artforms. The building ‘speaks Arabic’: its facade is a canvas for the poetry of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum rendered in the calligraphy of Mattar bin Lahej.
The building’s form is futuristic: it opens a new path away from the highrise towers that dominate skylines everywhere. Its form is symbolic: The circular building represents humanity; the green mound it sits atop represents the earth; the void represents the unknown future.
The Museum builds on the visionary culture that has transformed the UAE into one of the world’s most advanced nations in less than 50 years. We are a showcase for the spirit of courage, optimism and innovation that propels Dubai forward.
Like our home city, the Museum is a place of tolerance, inviting varied cultural, philosophical, social and spiritual outlooks. Our imagined futures are rooted in the values of the UAE and the Arab world.
The Museum is a home for inspiration, open to all. We represent the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum showing what is possible with conviction, commitment and togetherness. Our goal is to provide light in dark times: in an age of anxiety and cynicism about the future, we are showing that things can and must progress.
Our imagined futures are fundamentally hopeful, but honest about the dangers of the present. In our exhibitions, publications, films and public events, we will show how the problems of the present can provide the raw material for a better world.
This is no ordinary museum, with ancient relics behind velvet ropes. It is a gateway to a future world, crafted by visionary designers, artists and filmmakers. The Museum combines elements of exhibition, immersive theatre and themed attraction. Each floor is like a film set from a future that you can inhabit, explore and interact with.
The settings and scenes that we’re crafting are immersive, but also expansive: they are designed to expand what the audience thinks possible - for the world, for the future and for themselves. This content has been crafted by a team of the world’s leading product, media, exhibition and experience designers.
Dubai Future Foundation
Dubai Future Foundation was formed in 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, and Ruler of Dubai to institutionalise future-shaping.
Imagining, designing and executing Dubai’s future is at the heart of the Foundation’s remit. Risk-taking, agility and foresight are the key attributes driving the Foundation’s journey towards success.
The Foundation was born out of a key belief: leading in the present isn’t sufficient. It is the future that we must imagine, design and execute.
The Museum of the Future is an initiative of the Dubai Future Foundation.