Dubai's Museum of the Future will open on 22 February 2022

Museum of the Future in Dubai

Gouda, the Netherlands, 18 February 2022 – The Museum of the Future in Dubai – delivered by BAM International bv and supported by BAM Ireland, operating companies of  Royal BAM Group nv – will open to the public on 22 February 2022.

The futuristic torus shaped, iconic building is Dubai Future Foundation’s latest venture, which sits under the watchful eye of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai. It will explore the future trends and opportunities in science, technology and innovation.

As the main contractor BAM was responsible for all aspects of the construction execution and the complex contractors design elements such as the façade and landscape mound. BAM’s experience in digital led projects and the project team’s dedication to BIM and digital construction have enabled a high level of integrated design and construction, perhaps impossible to achieve with traditional methods.

The stainless steel facade, which extends over 17,000m2 , includes quotes from poetry by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the calligraphy  is illuminated by over 14,000m of LED lights. The Arabic calligraphy has been designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. Among the quotes is: ‘The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it.’

Project manager Seamus O’Sullivan said: ‘Delivering the vision of Dubai Future Foundation has been a great achievement by BAM, over more than 1,200 BAM employees on site, construction partners and sub-contractors. Together we have managed to overcome the numerous challenges, this building has pushed the boundaries of what we now believe is possible. We can be proud that given these difficult circumstances our continuous attention to safety has resulted in a very strong safety performance, with no major accidents.’

BAM International’s managing director Wouter Remmelts added: ‘Since last year BAM has gradually handed over parts of the Museum of the Future, allowing the client to start the fitting out of the interior and the setting up the exhibitions.’

BAM Ireland Director, Tadhg Lucey: ‘BAM Ireland is very proud to be an integral part of the management team, led by Seamus O’Sullivan, that successfully delivered this complex innovative structure.’

Key project data Museum of the Future

Location Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Client Dubai Future Foundation
Developer North25
Architect Killa Design
Lead consultant Buro Happold
Main contractor BAM International
Construction period June 2016 - September 2021
High 84 metres
Floors 30,545m2 over 9 floors
Structure steel framework, comprising 2,400 diagonally intersecting steel members (completed in November 2018)
Facade stainless-steel-clad glass fibre reinforced plastic (GFRP) panels with illuminated glazed Arabic calligraphy
Panels 1,024
Façade area 17,600m2
Sustainabiltiy Platinum certification from LEED (as first Museum in the Middle East)
Location Client Developer Architect Lead consultant Main contractor Construction period High Floors Structure Facade Panels Façade area Sustainabiltiy