People who have won the Nobel Prize have changed our world for the better forever. The list includes names like U.S. President Barack Obama, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan and human rights activist Nelson Mandela. But what goes into selecting the winners?
Fortunately, you still have time to find out! The Nobel Museum in Dubai runs through April 29 at Burj Khalifa’s Annex to the left of the Armani Hotel entrance.
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“The Nobel Prize: Ideas Changing the World” exhibition explains the award itself and honors past winners while showing how they have changed the world. The Nobel Museum exhibition also explains how their knowledge and innovation impacted millions of people all around the globe. The goal of the exhibition is to inspire those who attend to use their own creativity and knowledge to stretch beyond the boundaries of their own lives or neighborhoods to find ways to positively impact the lives of people everywhere.
The Nobel Museum has split the exhibition into five pavilions with five different themes to demonstrate how the award has changed the world. The five pavilions provide visitors with an explanation of the concept of the prize and what its objectives are.
They also provide an overview of some of the achievements that earned a Nobel Prize from each decade, which organizers hope attendees will “be able to relate to and recognize,” curator Fredrick Skog told Gulf News. The exhibition is designed to be a platform for the transference of knowledge and encourage people to innovate.
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Additionally, visitors will be able to learn about the life of Alfred Nobel, who instituted the prize decades ago. Nobel was from Sweden and is perhaps known best for inventing dynamite. However, his contributions to the world go much further than that. His interests were humanity and philosophy, and he wanted to encourage the world to find solutions to the world’s challenges.
He sought to do this by marking all revenue from the money he had earned for prizes for those who moved the human race forward in five different areas: peace, physics, chemistry, literature and medicine. Nobel established the prizes in his will for the purpose of documenting knowledge and achievements.
Included in the Nobel Museum exhibition in Dubai is a screen telling about two Nobel Laureates who were from the Arab world. Naguib Mahfouz of Egypt received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. Thus far, he is the only Arab writer to have received the prestigious honor. After receiving the prize, he said the Arab world won the prize along with him.
Ahmad Zewail received the prize for chemistry in 1999 for his contributions in the field of femtochemistry, of which he is considered to be the father. Also from Egypt, he was the first Egyptian to win a scientific Nobel Prize. The two panels highlighting the men’s achievements are at the entrance to the exhibition.
There’s still time to catch the Nobel Prize Museum in Dubai. It runs through April 29 at Burj Khalifa’s Annex to the left of the Armani Hotel entrance. The Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation brought the exhibition to Dubai.