Dubai’s ‘Museum of the Future’ nears completion

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Updated 05 October 2020

Dubai’s ‘Museum of the Future’ nears completion

  • The museum will have seven floors of exhibition space, and its interior will have no pillars
  • It covers 30,000 square meters and is 77 meters high

DUBAI: The prominent oval-like museum along Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road has finally taken shape with the last outer piece installed during the weekend.
Dubbed the Museum of the Future, it covers 30,000 square meters and is 77 meters high. Its façade, which has a futuristic steel aesthetic with illuminated Arabic calligraphy, is made up of 1,024 robot-made pieces.
The Dubai royal family was present at the installation of the final piece, before the museum beings its last construction phase.

The museum will have seven floors of exhibition space, and its interior will have no pillars, which makes it a milestone in urban engineering. It will be powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar electricity.
“The Museum of the Future is a global architectural icon that shows that human miracles are possible. It will play an instrumental role in our efforts to shape a better future,” Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al-Maktoum said during the ceremony.
“We are always seeking to push the boundaries of excellence and leadership,” he added.

 


Iraq PM in talks with UK's Boris Johnson on security, political reforms

Updated 22 October 2020

Iraq PM in talks with UK's Boris Johnson on security, political reforms

  • Johnson expressed his strong support for the Iraq government
  • Both leaders discussed issues of bilateral interest, and discussed recent political and security issues

LONDON: Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa Al-Kadhimi and his British counterpart Boris Johnson discussed security challenges in the Middle East on Thursday.
A-Khadimi met the UK leader at Downing Street as part of an a European tour. 
Johnson expressed his strong support for the Iraq government as they discussed economic reforms, the coronavirus pandemic and the continued effort to defeat Daesh.
The Twitter account of Al-Kadhimi's office said both leaders discussed issues of bilateral interest, and discussed recent political and security issues in Iraq and the region. 
They also agreed on more cooperation in the fight against terrorism.
“It was agreed to increase more cooperation in the field of combating terrorism, as well as in the political and economic sectors, in light of the economic challenges that Iraq faces,” his office said.
Prior to his UK trip, Al-Kadhimi met with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.
During these visits, Al-Kadhimi discussed Iraq’s main challenges such as the fight against terrorism and foreign interference in its affairs.
The Iraqi leader, who became prime minister in May, has a particularly affinity with the UK, having lived there for many years after fleeing Iraq in the 1980s.