- British inventor, Richard Browning, dubbed the ‘Real Life Iron Man’ travels to Dubai to perform gravity-defying stunts as he wows crowds by giving away exclusive invitations to the opening of the eagerly-anticipated Museum of the Future – billed as the most beautiful building on Earth
- The Real Life Iron Man was captured flying past iconic landmarks in Dubai as he distributed ‘tickets to the future’ to stunned crowds, marking the opening of the iconic Museum in a creative and innovative way
- Major new historic landmark in the United Arab Emirates will be a permanent exhibition to showcase different aspects of the future and the most important technologies that await humanity
- The Museum of the Future, which opens on 22.02.2022, is a seven-story pillarless iconic landmark, standing at 77 metres tall, covering 30,000 square metres, with a stainless-steel façade being illuminated by 14,000 metres of Arabic calligraphy designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej
- The Museum is set to become a global hub to showcase talents at regional and world levels, as well as scientific thinking, ideas and future technologies that could change the world
- The exclusive invitation giveaway took place to highlight the Museum’s focus on the future – with Richard’s Browning’s Jet Suit invention, highlighting that the sky’s the limit for what humanity can achieve when we come together
Real life “Iron Man”, Richard Browning, British inventor of the gravity-defying ‘Jet Suit’ has been spotted in Dubai, performing spectacular aerial stunts as he gives away exclusive tickets to crowds to celebrate the opening of the Museum of the Future – billed as the most beautiful building in the world.
Giving visitors a glimpse of the future, the dare-devil inventor, who holds the Guinness World Record for the fastest flight in a body-controlled jet suit travelling at speeds of 85mph (135 km/h) in November 2019, thrilled crowds when he was spotted flying in Dubai to celebrate the opening of the historic scientific landmark.
Onlookers were treated to a spectacle, as ‘invitations from the future’ were handed out, providing people with exclusive access to the iconic Museum, which opens on Tuesday 22nd February 2022. Crowds were amazed when they spotted the ‘flying jet man’ in the sky as lucky onlookers were presented with the special invitations, which celebrated the opening in a bold, creative and innovative way.
Like Richard Browning’s Jet Suit invention, which also embodies the same vision for technological advancement, the Museum is set to become a hub for scientific talents at regional and world levels. Becoming a global gateway to the future, with its design and latest innovations, the Museum of the Future is also set to position Dubai as a testbed for emerging technologies and an exploration base for talents, inventors and creative professionals from all over the world to unravel the greatest challenges that will shape the future of humanity.
The seven-story pillarless iconic landmark, stands at 77 metres tall, and covers 30,000 square metres, featuring a stainless-steel façade being illuminated by 14,000 metres of Arabic calligraphy designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. This makes it the only building in the world that has a surface covered entirely in calligraphy art.
The building, which has also been classified as one of the most architecturally creative in the world, has a hollow middle, forming a human ‘eye’ representing the future we see tomorrow. Inside, visitors will be able to see the latest technologies of virtual and augmented reality, big data analysis, artificial intelligence and human machine interaction.
The Museum of the Future will open permanently from 22nd February 2022 in Dubai and is set to connect thinkers from around the world through highlighting the most important and latest scientific discoveries – proving the sky’s the limit to what humanity can collectively achieve.
Richard Browning, founder and chief test pilot of Gravity Industries, and inventor of the "Jet Suit”
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About Museum of the Future
The Museum of the Future, an architectural marvel that sits at the bustling heart of Dubai, is set to become a new global landmark once complete. The museum presents the UAE’s and the world’s gateway to the future with its design and latest technologies. The engineering icon positions Dubai as a testbed for emerging technologies and an exploration base for talents, inventors and creative professionals from all over the world to unravel the greatest challenges that will shape the future of humanity. Once complete, the museum will give visitors a glimpse of the future.
Spanning an area of 30,000 square metres, the seven-storey pillarless structure stands at 77 metres high. The stainless-steel facade, which extends over 17,000 square metres, is illuminated by 14,000 metres of Arabic calligraphy designed by the Emirati artist Mattar bin Lahej. The Museum is also linked by two bridges, the first extending to Jumeirah Emirates Towers, with a length of 69 metres, and the second linking it to the Emirates Towers metro station, with a length of 212 metres.
The Arabic calligraphy that adorns the facade include quotes by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Among the quotes are: "We may not live for hundreds of years, but the products of our creativity can leave a legacy long after we are gone." and "The future belongs to those who can imagine it, design it, and execute it... The future does not wait... The future can be designed and built today."
The facade consists of 1,024 plates manufactured entirely by robots in a first-of-its-kind venture in the Middle East. Each plate of the facade consists of four layers, and each layer has been created after following 16 process steps. The installation period of the external facade lasted for more than 18 months, and each of the panels installed separately.
A model for sustainability in creative design, Dubai's Museum of the Future is powered by 4,000 megawatts of solar energy produced by a station connected to the building, in collaboration with the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority. Upon completion, the museum will be the first of its kind in the Middle East to obtain a Platinum Certification for Leadership in Environmental Energy and Design, the highest rating for green buildings in the world.
The park surrounding the museum contains 80 species of plants, equipped with a state-of-the-art intelligent and automatic irrigation system.
The Museum of the Future has won the Tikla International Building Award as a unique architectural model. Autodesk Design Software stated that the Museum is one of the most innovative buildings in the world. The building was designed by Engineer Sean Keila.
About Richard Browning and Gravity Industries
Gravity Industries designs, builds and flies Jet Suits, pioneering a new era of human flight. The company was founded to challenge perceived boundaries in human aviation and to inspire others to dare to ask, “What if?”. Launched in March 2017, the business secured $650,000 investment within the first two months from Tim & Adam Draper, Tim best known for his early investments in Baidu Inc., Tesla and Skype.
Founder and Chief Test Pilot, Richard Browning, leveraged cutting edge technology to re-imagine human flight, forging an elegant partnership between mind, body and machine. This vision led to the creation of the world’s first patented Jet Suit. The Jet Suit currently can perform speeds in excess of 80mph and is technically capable of reaching an altitude of 12,000ft (although for safety purposes it is flown lower). The company’s focus is relentless evolution of the technology and bringing this inspirational spectacle to live audiences all over the world in the form of the International Race Series and other performance events. Gravity is now welcoming clients to experience the unforgettable learning to fly a Jet Suit (on a safety tether) at the world-renowned Goodwood Estate in the UK. Gravity is also expanding the Gravity Flight Club community of exceptional individuals who share a passion for flight and being part of this pioneering journey.
Gravity Industries’ extended team - made up of over 30 diverse and talented individuals, from
engineers to pilots, across five different countries - has enabled the brand to be experienced by over two billion people globally to date, with video views alone running at more than 60million within seven days of launch. In the last three years Gravity executed over 100 flight events across 30 countries including five TED talks.