The UAE are preparing for Expo 2020.
The grand-breaking ceremony of the UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 was held on Sunday.
Designed in the shape of a flying falcon, the pavilion covers an area of more than 15,000 square metres. It has a construction of four floors with the top storey dedicated for hospitality with an area of 1,717 square metres. Two floors will contain 12,000 square metres of exhibition space. The pavilion should be completed by the end of 2019.
The pavilion will become one of the greatest symbols of the Expo. The design will evoke the spirit of innovation and the power of unification that made the UAE from small desert communities into a global center. The UAE pavilion will receive a status of heritage reflecting hopes and ambitions for many years ahead.
Every element of construction demonstrate the values of openness, communication and tolerance, connected with the main theme of the exhibition.
The idea for the Expo 2020 logo is inspired by an ancient archaeological site located in the desert in Dubai. The place is called Sarouq Al Hadeed. Over 1,000 archaeological sites have been found there. Archaeologists say that people from different regions gathered here. One of the most unique discoveries was a series of gold rings. Logo Expo 2020 was inspired by these gold rings.
The ceremony also included the signing of the official agreement for the UAE’s participation in the Expo.
The UAE pavilion will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent attractions of Expo 2020 because of its’ futuristic design.
Expo 2020 will last for six months, from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. During this time it is expected that 25 million people will visit the exhibition.
Most likely, they will not be disappointed, as several world-known architectural bureaus work on the World Expo 2020 project. Master plan Dubai Expo 2020 was developed by American companies HOK, Populous and British Arup.
The four-part structure of the building is united by the central plaza Al-Wasl. It will lead to a long esplanade. On the perimeter of the square, within the framework of the chosen theme – “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – three thematic pavilions with zones of innovations and best practices will be built: the “Opportunity” pavilion, designed by the Danish bureau BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Mobility, designed by Foster + Partners, Sustainability, designed by Grimshaw Architects. Smaller exhibition spaces will be located closer to the center.
The main roads will be shaded by canopies made of photovoltaic fabric, which will be used as a giant screen for projecting images in the evenings. Solar panels will be installed on the facades of the pavilions, which will cover more than half of the electric power consumption necessary for the work of the exhibition complex.
By the opening of the exhibition, the authorities of the emirate are planning to finish building the highest skyscraper in the world according to the project of Santiago Calatrava, which will surpass the 828-meter Burj Khalifa.
Expo 2020 is expected to attract millions of people from all over the world and to become one of the most remarkable events in the history.