One of the most complex architectural projects on Dubai’s skyline is nearly complete.

Watched by Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, a ceremony took place to mark the placement of the last panel of the Museum of the Future’s facade, which symbolises the start of the final phase of construction.

The skin of the building, which is covered in Arabic calligraphy by Dubai’s Ruler, lit up to mark its completion.

Covering an area of 30,000 sq.m, the seven-storey column-less building stands at 77m high, with 1,024 panels on the facade that were manufactured by robots.

Sheikh Mohammed called the museum an “Emirati icon of the future of building architecture.”

His Highness added: “Our goal is not to merely build engineering icons. Rather, it is to inspire mankind to build a better future. Dubai continues to build and the UAE continues on its path of achievements. Progress favours those who know what they want.”

Architect Shaun Killa is the designer of the museum on Dubai’s Sheikh Zayed Road.

Speaking about the project, he said: “The Museum is not only a visual and artistic beacon but also sets new innovative benchmarks. As a 17,000m2 torus-shaped building clad in stainless steel, achieving LEED Platinum status and designed holistically through BIM at every design stage.”