BITS ‘N’ PIECES
Narrated ‘Abdur Rahman bin Abi Bakra’s (R.A) father:
Once the Prophet (S.A.W) was riding his camel and a man was holding its rein. The Prophet asked, “What is the day today?” We kept quiet, thinking that he might give that day another name. He said, “Isn’t it the day of Nahr (slaughtering of the animals of sacrifice)?” We replied, “Yes.” He further asked, “Which month is this?” We again kept quiet, thinking that he might give it another name. Then he said, “Isn’t it the month of Dhul-Hijja?” We replied, “Yes.” He said, “Verily! Your blood, property and honour are sacred to one another (i.e. Muslims) like the sanctity of this day of yours, in this month of yours and in this city of yours. It is incumbent upon those who are present to inform those who are absent because those who are absent might comprehend (what I have said) better than the present audience.”
Sahih Bukhari, Volume 1, Book 3, Number 67
The Museum of the Future was opened in Dubai on February 22, 2022. It is located on Dubai’s main highway, Sheikh Zayed Road, in the heart of Dubai’s business district. It is one of the UAE’s most striking new buildings. The facade features three quotes from the current ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Rashid bin Maktoum, in a 3-D engraving in classical Arabic calligraphy by Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. At night, the 8.7 miles of programmable LED lights illuminate the calligraphy, making it a dramatic visual addition to downtown Dubai.
The Museum focuses on harnessing the lessons from our present day to construct the future, inviting the viewers to participate in doing so through a highly inclusive approach.
Utilising a variety of virtual and augmented reality, big data analysis, artificial intelligence and human and machine interaction installations and displays, the museum takes the visitors on a voyage into the future through the framework of five chapters, suggesting the idea of an unfurling global narrative.
Aiming to be a place for discussion and debate, the museum has so far hosted a series of ‘Future Talks’ with innovators, scientists, and prominent figures from leading industries on a diverse array of subjects.
According to a press release, in addition to having a research publishing arm, the Museum of the Future will also serve as headquarters for the Great Arab Minds fund, a five-year initiative, with AED 100 million ($27.2 million) in funding from the Dubai government to create the Arab world’s largest movement designed to search for exceptional talents among Arab scientists, thinkers and innovators across key fields, aiming to highlight leading thinkers in the region and inspire young people with their example.