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Send a time capsule to your future self

Pop Ups Dubai 17 Jan 23
Send a time capsule to your future self
Free time capsule to store letters, gifts to your future self. Residents excitedly put together a box of keepsakes, knick-knacks and other items to receive 15 years later.
Event Location
Dubai, Dubai
Start Time
17 January 2023, 12:00 AM
End Time
28 February 2023, 12:00 AM

Keepsakes, letters to their future selves, stones and even masks are some of the peculiar items UAE residents are freezing in a time capsule to be opened after 15 years. The service is being offered for free by Dubai-based company The Box Self-Storage as part of its 15th anniversary.

The concept was inspired by founder and CEO of The Box Wadih Haddad’s own experience in the UAE in 1997 when he and his friends buried a time capsule. “When we returned after 10 years to get it back, there was a building on top and we couldn't ever get it back,” he recalls.

A homegrown concept, The Box started in 2006 from the founder's bedroom in the Springs in Dubai. The idea came through fulfilling the need of a customer who had a specific issue with managing their space requirements. “In the beginning it was just me running around assisting customers, delivering packages and managing the back-office administration and door to door selling,” said Wadih. Since then, the company has grown to an organization with over 30 office staff and over 40 security guards, truck drivers and handling crew.

Residents can visit The Box, JLT and leave their precious memorabilia in the time capsule. It can be a message, a favourite recipe, a letter, a much-loved outfit, goal lists for the future and more. There is a writing station at the facility which will allow residents to write and seal letters to themselves in the time capsule.

After the three days, The Box will seal the container and only open it in 15 years, preserving the objects over time and providing an opportunity to reflect on what life was like in 2023. The company will deliver the items to its owners in 2038, no matter where they are.

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