Expo 2020: 3 outstanding and must-see pavilions

Named the biggest event in the Arab world, Dubai Expo 2020 is an international cultural fair featuring 192 country pavilions. The exhibition, featuring the world literally, is hosting pavilions, showcasing cultures, technology, art, innovation, and inventions to meet one dedicated space for people to experience.

The highlight of the Dubai Expo is Al Wasl Plaza Dome that forms the centerpiece and is the world’s largest unsupported dome. Hosting world expos put a spotlight on the country as a global leader, a title that the United Arab of Emirates is effectively working towards in all aspects of areas. Visitors have the opportunity to experience the grandiose exhibition by seeing the best of what the 192 countries have to offer. In a nutshell, it is a trip around the world through one destination. Showcased under three sub-themes, Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility that illustrate how the UAE is “connecting minds, creating the future”.

Did you know? There have been world expos every 5 years since the 1850s and they usually last 6 months. The world expos have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today. For example, the Eiffel Tower was showcased at the 1889 world expo in Paris and it was the occasion on which the famous monument was built. 

Here are 3 pavilions not to miss at Expo 2020:

Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion

The aim behind it is to push people to think about their roles as citizens of the world and be aware of their impact on nature. Through groundbreaking technology and sustainable architecture, the site includes 19 energy trees and a 135m wide solar panel-covered roof that rotates through the day to face the sun and generate the building’s own water and energy.

Designed by UK firm Grimshaw, the pavilion meets the highest standards of sustainable architecture and will be remaining at District 2020 as part of the legacy plan, the post-event phase for the sustainable and residential city.

Singapore Pavilion

Built as a three-dimensional garden, the site is filled with 80,000 plants that are water pumped using solar energy. The plants are responsible for naturally regulating the temperature inside the pavilion, creating a cool and fresh climate without the need for air conditioning. The pavilion depicts boldly the country’s commitment to protecting the environment and its ecosystem. A pioneer for innovative change, the pavilion shows how buildings can in fact be designed in a more responsible way towards the fight against climate change.

Designed by architect WOHA, Singapore says the pavilion reflects the country’s own journey towards sustainability through nature, nurture, and the future.

Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion

The pavilion is designed to create a cross-cultural experience from worldwide perspectives and visions. The site is designed like a canopy, floating 32 meters above the ground, and symbolizes people’s dreams and aspirations. All about change, it is composed of large textile fabric topping metal structures that are interactive and change shadows and lights throughout the day. The symbolic meaning behind it is for people to unite for a better future and advocate as agents of change, regardless of language and culture. It was designed by AGi architects and is home to the United Nations Hub.

The United Nations Hub is bringing together individuals and organizations in favor of international cooperation through the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Programmed by the UAE UN Country team, the hub ensures cross-cultural engagement through exhibits, discussions, and advocacy campaigns for a greater impact in advancing the UN 2030 Agenda. Expo 2020 is the world’s first expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia, and the first to be hosted by an Arab country. It is a one-of-a-kind experience and a milestone in the Arab region.


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