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5 must-see pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020

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5 must-see pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020

Since the 1850s, the World Expo has been held every five years, presenting invaluable solutions for some of humanity’s greatest challenges. The Expo 2020 Dubai is considered the most ambitious one yet. It is the first expo in the Middle East and South Asia region and costs a 7 billion dollars. The six-month-long expo is expected to attract more than 23 million visitors. 

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The Expo is designed around the theme “Connecting minds, Creating the Future”. The three main categories of the Expo are based on three sub-themes – Mobility, Sustainability, and Opportunity.

The three main pavilion groups at Expo 2020 Dubai are the following.

Mobility District

This sub-theme has different topics, like digital connectivity, logistics, and travel exploration. Mobility district explores the concepts of connections, human progress, etc. The pavilions in the mobility district explore connections that drive the world ahead and how to eliminate the divide between physical and digital worlds. Visitors can explore future vehicles, developments in space exploration, and innovative mobility devices. 

Sustainability District

The sustainability district explores the balance in the world we inhabit to ensure a sustainable future. The main aim is to motivate people to join small actions that grow into positive global movements that will help preserve the world around us. Visitors can explore the world’s most advanced technologies in action, and how different countries champion the concept of sustainability. Also, you can experience sustainable innovations and cultural shows.

Opportunity District

Opportunity district focuses on unlocking the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future. Visitors can witness how our lives are interconnected, and meet people from around the globe who are transforming dreams into aspirations of tomorrow. They can explore something new, connect with changemakers, and be inspired by social innovators who have a measurable impact on people’s lives across the globe. Also, you can participate in activities that are designed for skill-building and youth empowerment. 

5 must-see pavilions at Dubai Expo 2020

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Saudi Arabia by UK-based Boris Micka Associates

Even before the Expo’s doors opened, the Saudi Pavilion had set three world records. One of those is the world’s largest interactive lighting floor, with 7,998 LED lights. You can also witness the world’s largest LED mirror screen and the world’s longest interactive water feature. Visitors can explore Saudi’s shared future, taking you on a journey through its ambitions across four main pillars – people, heritage, nature, and opportunities. 

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UAE Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava

Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, the host nation’s pavilion was informed by the shape of a falcon’s wing. The building is topped with 28 carbon fibre “wings” that can be closed to shelter the roof solar panels.

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Singapore Pavilion by WOHA

Singapore studio WOHA created a plant-filled pavilion for the country’s pavilion at the expo. Described by the studio as a “three-dimensional garden”, the building has a series of raised walkways that wrap around three plant-covered cones.

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Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw 

Anchoring the sustainability district, the Sustainability Pavilion was designed to generate all of its own water and energy. UK studio Grimshaw topped the pavilion with a 135-meter-wide, solar-panel-covered canopy.

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Dutch Pavilion by V8 Architects

Also located in the sustainability district, the Dutch Biotope pavilion was built around an 18-meter-high “food cone” covered with edible plants. The pavilion is topped with colorful solar panels for power, and extracts water from the desert air to irrigate the plants.


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