The emirate of Umm Al Quwain is located just 40 kilometres from Dubai, and is a place of rich history full of ancient villages and archaeological sites, which contrasts Dubai’s architecture. The project site, located at the fringe of the proposed masterplan.
The programme of the project called for a hybrid of a scientific centre and a conference centre. The scientific centre would promote the sciences and inform about the latest advancements in technology. The conference centre would accommodate conferences and conventions from all over the emirates and the rest of the world. The centre includes conference rooms, library, planetarium, learning centre, lecture theatres, science exhibition spaces, restaurant-bar and shops.
The concept was the fusion of three iconic phenomena associated with the dessert, the oasis the whirlwind and the mirage. . This image of the menacing and the comforting wrapped in an illusion became the antithesis that would synthesize the character of the project.