The Museum of the Future partners with the Dubai Municipality to deliver futuristic sustainable solutions for construction and food supply in the world of tomorrow



The Museum of the Future (MOTF) has announced that it is collaborating with the Dubai Municipality to anticipate future technologies in all sectors that will contribute to the development of humanity. Sectors include sustainable construction, smart cities and food security.

As part of this partnership, the technologies are featured in the museum’s Tomorrow Today exhibit. The exhibition identifies advanced technologies that can shape future areas such as urban planning and development, including innovations and sustainable building materials.

Some of the technologies aim to create adapted urban spaces and smart agriculture to optimize the use of space and enhance food security. The Tomorrow Today exhibition, which spans 700 square feet and features a wide range of exhibits, is the result of dozens of partnerships.

His Excellency Dawood Abdulrahman Al Hajri, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Municipality, said: “The strategic partnership between Dubai Municipality and the Museum of the Future creates a platform to discover the most creative and innovative ideas regarding the forecasting of the future of smart cities and advanced technologies. By focusing on Dubai Municipality’s key sectors, including smart urban planning, sustainable construction, 3D printing and urban food security, we aim to solidify Dubai’s position as the city of the future.

HE Al Hajri added: “The new partnership represents an opportunity to discuss future solutions and technologies to support vital sectors, as well as to improve the quality of life and happiness of humanity, which is at the center of future cities. It also reinforces Dubai’s leadership in anticipating the future and developing strategic plans to build its foundations for the next generation.

Predicting the future of urban communities

His Excellency Khalfan Belhoul, CEO of the Dubai Future Foundation (DFF), the institution behind the museum, said, “MOTF is taking the lead in shaping a better future for humanity; this is what the exhibition Tomorrow Today shows. Our partnership with Dubai Municipality reaffirms Dubai’s position as a foresight pioneer that aims to improve societies in line with its role as a platform for global collaboration and forecasting. We are delighted to welcome many of the world’s elite institutions, bright minds and innovations to the Tomorrow Today exhibition to help showcase potential solutions to global challenges and build a better future for humanity.”

He added, “Through its experiences and events, MOTF helps individuals and organizations shape global and ambitious perceptions of the future. It also inspires people to take critical actions to build the future that they aspire, effecting positive change on personal and societal levels, while showcasing a range of technological innovations and promising ideas that are set to shape the next decade.”

Sustainable environment

The Future Today exhibition, in cooperation with Dubai Municipality, showcases future innovations that address the challenges facing the planet by mitigating pollution, reducing and managing waste, and promoting sustainable practices. These practices include carbon capture systems in future homes, mobile waste containers in future cities, scaling up biodegradable plastics technology, and testing artificial reef structures on bodies of water. in and around urban communities. The practices cover five key areas: waste management, environment, food security, agriculture and irrigation, and urban planning.

Advanced materials and smart urban agriculture

The Tomorrow Today exhibition, sponsored by the Dubai Municipality, showcases environmentally friendly future building innovations, including building materials made from coconut fiber waste or based on mycelium, the root structure of mushrooms , as well as 3D printing construction techniques using sand, moss, gravel and clay. It also showcases promising applications that allow individuals to master the open interior design of future homes using state-of-the-art technology.
The exhibits feature state-of-the-art techniques for vertical farming in future cities and urban communities without the need for farmland. This shortens the supply chains of future cities by supplying a large part of their daily agricultural needs, while improving food productivity and strengthening the food security of individuals and societies.

Significant innovations

The “Tomorrow Today” exhibition is divided into several sections, each presenting prototypes and solutions designed to meet the specific challenges of cities and societies of the future, some of the innovations and exhibits on display include:

Autonomous Waste Collection Boat

This solution demonstrates how autonomous driving technology can be used to transform our cities and waterways. Autonomous waste collection boats can extend to creating on-demand infrastructure for collecting waste and transporting goods.


Carbon capture system

The carbon capture system featured in the exhibit was developed to store carbon dioxide as a solid metal. Carbon dioxide is mixed with water and then injected into rocks deep underground and made into basalt rocks for permanent isolation. It is an innovative solution to reduce the increasing amount of carbon dioxide produced by humans, thus ensuring a better future for the planet.


Alternative to plastic

The exhibit showcases a solution that eliminates the need for plastic packaging by providing a robust and fully biodegradable alternative to plastics. This alternative is made from a structure of brown algae and has been proposed to replace single-use plastic packaging in the future.

Modular Artificial Reef Structures (MARS)
Modular Artificial Reef Structures (MARS) are made from ceramic and 3D printed to create reef habitat without the need for heavy equipment. MARS can be used in conjunction with coral farming and reef restoration projects.

Vertical farming

A short film that explores the latest vertical farming technologies and speculates on the impact of advanced systems and technologies on agriculture to help feed 10 billion people by 2050.

Unique Building Panels

Structural tiles made from a variety of plant materials are on display with the aim of promoting the concept of sustainability in building construction and encouraging the use of environmentally friendly alternative materials.

3D printed sand
This installation uses 3D printed sand which allows the growth of moss in the architecture. This work of art aims to promote the connection between architecture and nature, while simultaneously providing a healthy livelihood for humans.

Recycled tiles
These complex tiles are made by slowly drying mycelium from the digestion of agro-industrial waste. These tiles create a 100% plastic-free, circular and biodegradable material with acoustic properties.

clay tiles
Rammed earth slabs are made by compacting moist subsoil with sand, gravel and clay, into the desired formwork. This traditional system has largely evolved to meet today’s construction standards, representing an accessible and sustainable alternative with low embodied energy and producing little waste.

AR experience

This film and AR-based model explores the relationship between residents and the idea of ​​an open house, while covering key smart living criteria that shape human comfort, health and well-being.

Various presentation tools
The Future Today exhibition, housed on the second floor of the MOTF, explores how technology can shape the future and address the challenges facing the planet and our society, today and tomorrow. The exhibition uses various display tools that invite visitors to explore future opportunities, through prototypes, experiments, interactive exhibits, short introductory films and real models; thus offering Expo visitors an overview of what the next decade will look like.

The Museum of the Future is a new space in the heart of Dubai that offers an engaging experience through various exhibits. MOTF rises 77 meters above the ground and comprises 1,024 unique steel panels. MOTF was designed to be an immersive and large-scale experience, encouraging visitors to form their own perception of the future.