Dubai. We went into space twice in one day until gravity drew us to the Burj Khalifa – Travel

There has been a lot of talk in the last logbooks about ostentation, which comes from the moment the United Arab Emirates (UAE) training agreement was signed, of an Emirati woman proudly asserting her independence and we also took note of a way to keep Bedouin traditions alive, a desert experience.

The past will always remain present in Dubai – including the still conservative mindset (although this no longer holds true for tourists who can walk around in shorts, tops and bare bellies, with the exception of mosque entrances) – but these people have a characteristic very precisely that does not make it stagnate: always wanting to do more, bigger and better.

The Museum of the Future, which opened on February 22, 2022, is an example of this, but unlike other projects in Dubai, the focus here isn’t so much ostentation. (although the building is majestic), but the sustainability of the planet.

The idea is to undo years of serious damage caused by man himself, and to find out how this is possible we are transported in a spaceship which is 600 kilometers from Earth – a distance corresponding to the time it takes to the megalomaniac ideas developed by technologists. and artists from all over the world are put into practice.

Museum of the Future: the space that promises the healing of the planet and the human soul

Museum of the future

Museum of the future

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Aya, in virtual image and avatar, was our guide to the Museum of the Future. She started by pointing us to the spacecraft which, once opened, showed how in the future the light of the moon will be converted by satellites into lasers to power the Earth. It was there that a few minutes later we returned to reality (or part of it).

This is because on the floor called Heal Institute (Instituto da Cura, in Portuguese), the Museum of the Future promises to heal nature and solve problems such as deforestation in the Amazon.

Fauna can also be saved and the word extinction ceases to exist. How strange does it sound? A lot, but that’s what the Museum of the Future predicts will happen and that’s why it’s keeping the genetic code of thousands of species in a so-called cure DNA vault, as shown in the library section, and a fire-resistant tree, as seen. in the Observatory.

fire resistant tree

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Although humans are cruel to the environment, our health is also not great. According to the Museum of the Future, by 2030, depression is projected to overtake obesity as the largest health risk factor worldwide.

No time, past or future, can be avoided, but remedied. Therefore, the Alwaha (oasis in Portuguese) floor presents ways to relax and ward off the feeling of loneliness in the future. In addition to emphasizing the importance of meditation – but we had already tested this and it is not new – we tried a therapy centered on the hands.

The stimuli are quite different from what we’ve ever experienced and perhaps the only thing we can explain is some kind of soothing tingling. We were going to stay there for the rest of the visit, but the future didn’t slow down and we had to move on.

Feeling therapy

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At Tomorrow Today (tomorrow today, in Portuguese), another of the museum floors, we have reached perhaps the closest space to modern reality that we know, albeit unrealistic at first sight.

It is not that the Museum of the Future proves that in the coming years we will pay our bills through a chip installed in our hand, we will sprinkle salads with olive oil packaged in notpla (short for “non-plastic”, in English), made with a biodegradable material. , and that the Uber Eats of the future will be called Roboat and will also serve to free cities and historic areas from pollution and congestion?

olive oil of the future

olive oil of the future

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Given the past and present affected by a COVID-19 pandemic, the museum still gave us some hope that another virus won’t bring us home for weeks on end. In this context it presents Poppy, the first system in the world to detect infectious airborne viruses, such as COVID-19, and as regards other diseases, it shows Paro, a seal that, who knows how, treats the diseases of the elderly.

In short, there is only one contradiction in the Museum of the Future: do not postpone the visit we should do today (or at least without delay) until tomorrow.

Second departure in space: Time Out Market

We already know the concept of Time Out Market, because the first to appear was in Lisbon, in 2014. In April 2021 it arrived in Dubai and became the 7th market of the brand where we cannot fail to have Rockfish’s lobster risotto , but we have a captivating crab bao from BB Social and many other things that characterize the gastronomy of Dubai (which is nothing but a blend of flavors from the world).

Time Out Market

BB Social Crab Bao.

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BB Social Crab Bao. credits: MAGG

The truth is, food doesn’t need to be refined (and it isn’t) to make your mouth water. All it took was the arrival of the Pitfire’s garkic nodes to leave us wanting more and more. But we had to have room for Slab Cocina’s corn fritters, 21-gram spinach pie and Masti’s chipotle paneer tikka, “possibly the best breaded chicken you’ve ever tasted,” says Nazila Shafi, Time marketing manager. Out. Market Dubai.

Not to mention Masti’s pani puri ceviches, available in avocado or tuna versions, which are something like going into space at sonic speed. The same speed would be useful to escape the confusion created in the plate in the first experience with this ceviche served inside a crunchy sphere that acts as a glass with a fresh and green sauce, which ends up falling all over the place. But only at the first try. And since it is impossible not to repeat ceviche pani puri, the practice is trained. When it enters the mouth (and all at once), the ball breaks and the flavors explode. Silence follows to enjoy (and also to have a full mouth).

After this phase, Scoopi’s ice cream landed on our table and the ship finally arrived at its destination, a moment symbolized by the hydrogen placed on top of the popcorn ice cream which allowed it to smoke. The pink and chilli ice cream is also surprising, a combination to try following our advice in Dubai.

From the description it is clear that there are cuisines of the world, because this is the concept of the Time Out Market and also the cuisine of Dubai, with various influences, in particular the Indian one. And so that there is no lack of representation, in the Dubai market there is a Portuguese space, Lana Lusa, with proposals ranging from cod à Brás (more than 20 euros) to pastel de nata (around 3.30 euros).

Every day of the week there is music on the roof and on the stage. Inside the Time Out Market every Thursday there is a new cultural and local offer. Any moment can be accompanied by a drink in one of the three recent bars serving cocktails, with and without alcohol.

New Time Out Market spaces will soon open in Prague, Czech Republic, The Pipeline, London, UK and Porto, Portugal.

Back to earth but close to heaven

After leaving Time Out Market Dubai, we went straight to the gym: The Dubai Mall. The iconic Dubai mall, with a gallery dedicated to luxury shops such as Prada and Vercace, a visitable oceanarium called Dubai Aquarium & Underwater Zoo, Five Guys for fans of the American concept and McDonald’s for the curious, as you can find here if a McArabia Chicken (less than € 5) and a chocolate date cream pie ($ 1.80) like no other.

We didn’t buy anything, but whoever makes it to this mall can walk miles to get what they need. Another reason to go to Dubai Mall is to access the emblematic Burj Khalifa, which is part of the Armani Hotel, which we left on the last day.

From the outside it is the most difficult building to photograph because its 163 floors, started in 2004 and finished in 2009 (yes, only six years), almost do not allow it. From the inside, it makes our life easier by allowing us to take home a memory of the Dubai landscape that will never be the same again. On top of the 125th floor that tourists can access, we observed that new skyscrapers are being built and more floors are being added to most of the existing ones, a sign of the constant dissatisfaction of those who build in Dubai.

From the Burj Khalifa we saw the Edge Walk – where we immediately wanted to return to carry out the mission on the last day – and The Dubai Fountain, between Souk Al Bahar (where the Time Out Market is located) and the Dubai Mall.

The Dubai Fountain

The Dubai Fountain

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It was there that we went to see the fountain show which takes place every day from 7pm to 10pm, every 30 minutes. The best time to watch this time of year is at 7:30 pm, so you can capture the serene lights of the sunset as the water from the fountain dances to the rhythm of classical music. We saw the show at the top of the bridge and again on the esplanade of the Abd El Wahab restaurant, also inside the Souk Al Bahar. Hearty food was served, including baba ghanoush, hummus, pita, lamb sausage and muhallaabieh, an Arabic milk pudding, with a strong and different flavor of rose water.

In short, we said goodbye full of food, full of the beauty of the show at the Dubai Fountain, with the great Burj Kalifa in the background, and full of a journey where we learned a lot about the United Arab Emirates and the planet itself because, according to the Museum of Future, there is hope.

* MAGG traveled at the invitation of Dubai Tourism.

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