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Museum of the Future
Updated: 5th December, 2022

Museum of the Future

Museum of the Future is a mixed-use building in Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
Museum of the Future
Building type
Mixed-use building
(February 2022)
Building specifications
Museum of the Future is a mixed-use building in Sheikh Zayed Road, Dubai.
The developer
The project was developed by Meraas Holding and North 25.
Construction began in June 2016 and was completed by February 2022.
78 metres (256 feet)
Master developer
The master developer is North 25.
The architect
The architectural consultant was Killa Design and the architectural consultant was Aecom.
Additional information
  • The Museum of the Future is located in the Emirates Towers area near Sheikh Zayed Road. The egg-shaped building is clad in stainless steel with illuminated glazed Arabic calligraphy.

  • Architecture practice Killa Design describe their innovative design for The Museum of the Future ...
    ‘The primary inspiration of the Museum of the Future was to create a form that represents the client’s vision of the future, where the physical building with its exhibition floors represents our understanding of the “future” as we know it today and for the next five to ten years. In contrast the ‘void’ represents what we do not yet know, and that the people who seek the unknown will continue to innovate and discover to help guide humanity towards a better future, whereby creating the continuum of replenishing the Museum of the Future.

  • ‘Occupying a prime location adjacent to the Emirates Towers, the Museum of the Future is a landmark building comprised of three main parts: the green hill, the building and the void.

  • ‘The green hill represents the earth, with solidity, permanence, and rootedness in place, time and history. This is done through the smooth transition from the site in the form of an earthen, vegetated mound with minimal visible built intervention. The inspiration for the green hill was also to elevate the building in a calm and unobtrusive way above the metro line and create greenery in elevation that is uncommon in Dubai where visitors can enjoy while engaging with the Museum.

  • ‘Likewise, the glimmering, futuristic upper building represents mankind, with all of its strength, artistry and ability to create in harmony with its surroundings. This is formed by the bold shape which emerges from the hill, covered with the Arabic calligraphy about the future, and displaying mankind’s passion for the arts and creating.

  • ‘Lastly, the elliptical void within the upper structure represents innovation. This is done primarily by creating an empty space showing the unwritten future into which humanity, and the world can symbolically look towards. This open and unburdened future is an inspiration which can drive the innovators and creators of today.

  • ‘The Museum sets new innovative benchmarks. As a 17,000sq m torus-shaped building clad in stainless steel, achieving LEED Platinum status, and designed holistically through BIM at every design stage, the building represents the future through innovative design principles, implementation and construction.

  • ‘The design is a low carbon civic building achieved through the use of many design innovations which include parametric design, passive solar architecture, low-energy and low-water engineering solutions, recovery strategies for both energy and water, and building integrated renewables.

  • ‘The 78-metre-high building accommodates six exhibition floors and one administration floor above a three-storey podium and a food and beverage deck, with auditorium, retail, parking and services.’

  • The Museum of the Future is a ‘living museum’ that seeks to connect thinkers and experts from around the world and act as a test bed for future generations to create innovative solutions for the challenges facing society. This spectacular building ‘speaks’ Arabic, representing the revival of Arab excellence in the fields of science, mathematics and research, and an appreciation of past Arab intellectuals that aims to energise Arab civilization and renaissance.

  • Constructed using robotic technology and with an emphasis on sustainability the building is powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy.

  • The column-free structure provides its visitors a window through which to experience the future in all its aspects and dimensions.

  • Believing that the future does not have an age preference, the museum provides children with an experience that encourages their young minds to explore and learn several future-proofing skills through an open-world experience, in a way that helps them to innovate and allows them to create the future they look forward to.

  • As a new global scientific landmark and a beacon of knowledge, the Museum of the Future will become the headquarters of the ‘Great Arab Minds’ initiative, in search of a thousand great Arab minds.

Transport & Access

Commute times by car

From Museum of the Future it takes roughly 7 minutes to drive to Dubai Mall, 20 minutes to Palm Jumeirah, 19 minutes to Burj Al Arab and 24 minutes to The Walk JBR.*

Airport proximity

Dubai International Airport (DXB) is roughly 14 minutes' drive and the new Al Maktoum International Airport is roughly 45 minutes' drive.*

Museum of the Future Location

The map below shows the location of Museum of the Future and just below are summaries of the nearest attractions, parks, beaches, golf clubs and cinemas.

Jumeirah Mosque, 2.3 km
Dubai Aquarium, 2.4 km
Dubai Ice Rink, 2.5 km
Parks & beaches
Zabeel Park, 2.4 km
La Mer Beach, 2.7 km
Bay Avenue Park, 3.4 km
Golf clubs
Dubai Creek Golf & Yacht Club, 6.0 km
The Track Meydan Golf, 7.0 km
Al Badia Golf Club, 8.2 km
Reel Cinemas at Rove Downtown, 1.8 km
Roxy City Walk Cinema, 2.3 km
Reel Cinemas at The Dubai Mall, 2.5 km

Local Schools

Museum of the Future has many schools nearby including Citizens School at 2.0 km and Jumeira Baccalaureate School at 2.3 km.

In terms of performance there are seven schools nearby that have achieved either of two highest government inspection rating of 'Very Good' or 'Outstanding' including Dubai English Speaking School which has a rating of 'Outstanding' and Horizon English School Dubai which also has a rating of 'Outstanding'.

Citizens School
2.0 km, City Walk
AED 61,500  •  British
Jumeira Baccalaureate School
2.3 km, Jumeirah 1
AED 63,500  •  IB
Dubai Autism Center
2.7 km, Al Satwa
AED 30,000  •  Specialist SEN
Ambassador School
3.1 km, Al Mankhool
AED 28,000  •  Indian

Things to Do

We've partnered with LadiesNightDubai.com and BrunchCrunch.ae to give an overview of the current Ladies Nights and Brunch offers in the vicinity of Museum of the Future.

Rodeo Drive, Saeed Tower 1 • Ladies Night • Rodeo Drive (0.0 km)
The Stables, Saeed Tower 1 • Ladies Night • The Stables (0.0 km)
Brunch 105, Emirates Towers • La Cantine du Faubourg (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  4:30pm
BOCA (0.0 km)
Bubbles in the City
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
BOLLA (0.0 km)
Antika Bar
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Antika (0.0 km)
Ladies Night •  8:00pm
Vibe (0.0 km)
Brunch 105
Brunch • Emirates Towers
La Cantine du Faubourg (0.0 km)
Saturday Brunch
Brunch • Crowne Plaza Dubai
Spice Island (0.0 km)
Monday Madness
Brunch • Saeed Tower 1
Fibber Magees (0.0 km)
Late Party Brunch
Brunch • Voco Dubai
O Lounge (0.0 km)

Nearby neighbourhoods

Explore communities that are either adjacent or close to Museum of the Future.

Dubai International Financial Centre
Dubai International Financial Centre (0.7 km)
The financial quarter of Dubai comprising commercial, retail and residential districts, all three linked by a retail corridor
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Al Kifaf
Al Kifaf (2.1 km)
The four residential towers of Park Gate Residences share this place with Zabeel Park, Etisalat Tower and the landmark Dubai Frame.
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City Walk
City Walk (2.5 km)
A stylish, vibrant town-centre community combining residential, shopping, dining and attractions in the heart of the Jumeirah district.
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La Mer
La Mer (2.7 km)
A beachfront development with shopping, dining and entertainment areas stretching out to sea between Pearl Jumeirah and Jumeirah Bay.
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Business Bay
Business Bay (3.9 km)
A new regional business hub with office and residential towers, landscaped gardens and a network of roads and waterways. 
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Bur Dubai
Bur Dubai (4.0 km)
Villas and low-rise apartments abound in this historic district on the banks of Dubai Creek across the water from Deira.
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Healthcare City Phase 2
Healthcare City Phase 2 (4.1 km)
A wellness centre providing long-term care, spa resorts, sports medicine facilities, waterfront residences and nutrition centres in Jadaf.
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Museum of the Future Milestones
Date Launched
Estimated Handover Date
Q3 2019
Construction Started
June 2016
Date Completed
February 2022
Companies Associated with Museum of the Future
Developer: Meraas Holding
Developer: North 25
Architectural Consultant: Killa Design
Architectural Consultant: Aecom
Engineering Consultant: Burohappold Engineering


A look at the original masterplan published by the developer at the time of the launch of Museum of the Future.

Design Stage

Images depicting the initial concept designs for Museum of the Future.

Projects often go through a number of design revisions as they progress and developers may or may not honour their original plans when it comes to architectural designs, amenities and landscaping. The images below are provided as a means to compare the original plans with the realised development.

Construction History

See the development of Museum of the Future in photos:

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