Eco Future Abu Dhabi is a family focused, educational and entertaining exhibition that is going on for a year at Manarat Al Saadiyat, Abu Dhabi, UAE. It was started in September 26, 2012 and will continue till September 27, 2013. It will be open from 10am to 8pm. The aim of the exhibition is to teach the younger generation about sustainable form of lifestyle and how to conserve energy. It is organized by the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority. The exhibition is also a part of the initiative to develop Abu Dhabi as an eco tourist destination.
Eco Future Abu Dhabi is located on gallery two of the Manarat Al Saadiyat. The exhibition is divided into six primary zones namely eating, drinking, enjoying, moving, building and future city. Before entering the exhibition, the visitors should take an eco-tag or plastic magnetic pass which they can use throughout the exhibition. There is a brief introductory movie that is shown both in English and Arabic. After this they can move freely along the first five zones. Each zone will exhibit smart solutions to environmental hazards and provides information and games related to it. There are also interactive screens where the choices are made by the visitors using their eco tag.
The whole aim of the Eco Future, Abu Dhabi is that each visitor can make their free decisions in each zone using the eco tag which will result in the building of a personalized future city at the end of the exhibition. The different zones are clearly marked with arches in the exhibition. There is an interactive zone that shows the variety of the species of fishes that is found in Abu Dhabi. It also shows the endangered species due to over fishing.
One of the highlight of the Eco Future Abu Dhabi is the four interactive characters that comes throughout the exhibition to guide the visitors and to give them bits of information. Yas, Ali, Moza and Sara are the interactive characters that appear as the visitors make their decision. Yas prefers the traditional solutions while Moza is all set for modern solutions and scientific breakthroughs.
Eco Future Abu Dhabi is an excellent platform for children to get involved in a decision making process, where they can finally see the end result that comes out of their choices in the form of the future city. Eco future Abu Dhabi also tries to nurture awareness in young minds as well as in adults regarding the decrease of global resources, need for conservation of environment and sustainability solutions.