Expo 2020 Dubai reaffirms its plans for a long-lasting legacy of innovation and wonderment that benefits the UAE and the wider region after unveiling its master plan in the form of a dedicated experiential zone displayed at the 15th edition of the Arab Media Forum.
Visitors were among the first to take a glimpse at how the Expo 2020 Dubai site will look and feel upon completion, through augmented reality and leading-edge digital technology. This experience will bring to life the recently announced winning designs of the Expo Theme Pavilions, dedicated to Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
The Expo site will spread across a two-square kilometre area, revolving around the Al Wasl meeting plaza - the figurative and literal heart of Expo 2020 Dubai. Spreading outwards from Al Wasl will be three Theme Districts, each boasting its respective Theme Pavilion. The three Theme Pavilions will be designed by leading global architecture firms. The Opportunity Pavilion is being designed by BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), the Mobility Pavilion by Foster+Partners and the Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw Architects. The winning design for the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was also revealed recently by the National Media Council.
The design by Santiago Calatrava was selected from eleven concepts proposed by nine of the world’s most renowned architectural firms following a competition managed by Masdar, Abu Dhabi’s renewable energy company. The falcon-inspired concept of the UAE Pavilion captures the values and principles that the nation was founded on and which reflect the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, namely inclusion, connection and tolerance.