Museum of Future in Dubai

Page update - Oct 25, 2022

What is interesting about the Museum of the Future in Dubai like inside and out? How to get there by subway or taxi? How much does the ticket cost? What are the opening hours? What does the museum and its component parts symbolize? Read the answers on this page.

Museum of the Future is open

The Museum of the Future opened on February 22, 2022. That is, 22.2.2022. We do not know why, but the authorities in the UAE love such dates (with many identical digits) very much. Let us recall at least the subway, which opened on 9.9.2009.

First three days the museum was open "for the chosen few". Since February 25, all comers are allowed. Ticket sales are open on the official website.

Brief description

The museum is designed to show us the future of humanity in the year 2071. According to Buro Happold company claim, we quote, "The Museum of the Future serves to catalyze cutting-edge concepts and ideas". What does this really mean? We'll live and see.

The museum building is very interesting as it is shaped like a torus with a variable diameter of the base circle. As it looks, see the photo near, click on the photo to enlarge.

All elements of the building symbolize something, but we'll talk more about that below.

Inside, there are five themed exhibitions on seven floors. Each exhibition is dedicated to a different aspect of future people life. But more about the exhibitions later, for now let's start with the technical aspects.

How to get there

The Museum of the Future is located in the Bur Dubai area, on Sheikh Zayed Road. It is easy to get to. Transport accessibility is one of the important advantages of the Museum of the Future.

You need to take the subway to the Emirates Towers station (red, first line). For the subway map with all the last updates, see our review "Dubai Metro". They have built a special covered elevated crosswalk for the museum. Follow the signs.

You can take a cab directly from your hotel or other place in Dubai. The trip cost depends on the distance, it can be from 12 to 100 dirhams. Calculate based on the cab fares and the distance. See the current cab fares in our review "Taxis in Dubai and UAE". For current dirham exchange rates, see our review "Money in Dubai and UAE".

Find your flight

Important point!

Now websites in the Internet stubbornly rewrite (without thinking, of course) the news. And in many such news there are phrases like, "Located near the Burj Khalifa" or similar.

Tourists conclude from this that they will walk. Or worse, that the building is right next door and will be easy to find. NO WAY! It's 3 kilometers (2 miles) between the Museum of the Future and the Burj Khalifa. Be warned about this. Take the subway.

Ticket price

145 dirhams.

Children under 3 years old are free.

See our review "Money in Dubai and UAE" for the current UAE dirham (AED) exchange rates.

Unfortunately, there are no discounted tickets for children 3 and up yet, as is customary at most attractions in Dubai. No discounts on Klook or promotions at Smile and Entertainer yet either. Hopefully, all of these will still show up.

Operation hours

Daily. From 10 am to 7-30 pm (10-00 to 19-30). The hours extended starting 30 nov 2022.

When is the best time to come

Naturally, on weekdays, when there will be a minimum of people in the museum. Starting January 3, 2022, the UAE officially has 2½ days off - Friday after 12 noon, Saturday, and Sunday. Read more in our review "Weekend in the UAE". For the public holidays calendar, see our review "Public holidays in the UAE".

From the outside

First of all, the building itself is interesting. Many tourists use the pedestrian bridge, and therefore do not even notice the original and futuristic design. The building is shaped like a torus with a varying diameter of the base circle. The building was designed by Buro Happold and Killa Design studios.

The green hill at the base of the building symbolizes harmony with nature in the future of humanity. The building symbolizes the dynamism of humanity in the future. And according to the authors of the project, there is also a third element - the emptiness in the center. The emptiness symbolizes the unknown knowledge which humanity has yet to acquire in the future.

The building has windows which form Arabic calligraphy. It is not a simple calligraphy, but a poem written by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of the Emirate of Dubai. You can read about him in our review "Sheikhs of the Arab Emirates".

The height of the building is 77 meters (252 feet), the building has 7 floors. The frame of the complex shape is faced with 1024 panels of complex shape, and each such panel was cut out separately on computer-controlled machines.

In the press, there is information that the building is powered by solar panels of 4,000 megawatts. We wonder if these "journalist" have any idea what 4,000 megawatts means? WHAT IS THIS NONSENSE. The most powerful solar power plant in the world, Bhadla in India has a capacity of 2,250 megawatts and the power plant covers an area of 160 square kilometers (60 square miles)!

None 4,000 megawatts, but 4 megawatts or 400 kilowatts. Those are very realistic figures.

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What's inside?

The exposition is divided into five parts by theme.

The first part is deducated to space, called OSS Hope, 5th floor. There are fantasies and real designs on the theme of human exploration of other planets and the future construction of the Hope orbital station.

The space suit in the shape of a pink bear is a bestseller with tourists. It is said to be real, meaning that it works and is usable on other planets. See photo below, click on photo to enlarge to full screen.

By the way, the success of the Arab Emirates in space exploration is impressive. They have already launched the probe Hope to Mars. True, not by themselves, but the Japanese launched it for them, and the probe was assembled in the US. The first Emirati astronaut has been to space, and the second will fly soon.

The UAE has truly "Napoleonic" plans for space. Up to the fact that they have declared that by 2050 they will build a colony on Mars. The first part of the Museum of the Future exposition is devoted to technology and fantasies of how it will all be.

The second part is the ecological part, called the HEAL Institute, 4th floor. This part is about biology and ecology. There is a large DNA library room with information and genomes of 2,400 interesting animal species.

A separate hall shows the most interesting ecosystems of our planet. This part grants some relaxation to visitors.

The third part is about the power of our mind and body, called Al Waha, the 3rd floor. It is an impression space where you can dance, think or do many other things. It is even difficult to describe it precisely, you have to see it with your own eyes. According to the museum's organizers, people heal their bodies and souls there.

The fourth part is about the life of future people, called Tomorrow Today, 2nd floor. You can see how the UAE authorities see life in their country in 50 years. You can see flying automatic cabs and other futuristic transport.

You can see pictures of Dubai in 50 years - what multi-story interchanges and lines for flying cars will be there. Part of the exposition is devoted to robotics.

The fifth part is for children, called Future Heroes, 1st floor. Children can play and learn at the same time there. This concept is called "edutainment" - a fusion of the words "education" and "entertainment".

It is very interesting for children there. The area is large, dozens of activities for all ages and interests. Some of the activities are interactive in Arabic and English.

The zone is for kids 10 years old and under. They don't ask for any documents and determine the age "by eye".


At the entrance, they give you a special bracelet. This bracelet is needed to activate some interactive places inside. Therefore, if something in the museum does not work, try to use your wristband to activate it.

Warning. Wristband works as the entrance ticket. And it works only on the day of the purchase. That is, you can not get in with the wristband another day.

Is the museum worth its 145 dirhams?

It's hard to say. For this money in Dubai you can visit, for example, Miracle Garden + Butterfly Garden or Madame Tussauds, which are much more interesting for most tourists.

Important and useful to know

- Entering the Museum of the Future even when slightly drunk is prohibited and can even lead to criminal liability. Why? Read the reviews "What you can't do in Dubai and the UAE" and "Alcohol in Dubai and the UAE";

- Tickets at the ticket office are for dirhams only. Change money in advance. Read our review "How and where to change currency in the UAE";

- If you decide to buy tickets through the website while already in Dubai, you need the Internet. For prices on local SIM cards and roaming, read our review "Internet in Dubai and the UAE".

Enjoy your visit to the Museum of the Future, and read our pages about Dubai and the UAE (find the list of the pages below).


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