The foundations of the futuristic falcon-inspired UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai were laid down on Sunday by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and CEO of Emirates Group on Sunday.
The groundbreaking ceremony also included he signing of an official agreement for the UAE’s participation in the expo, which was signed by Dr Sultan bin Ahmed Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), as well as Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of the Expo 2020 office.
"The UAE pavilion will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent attractions of Expo 2020, drawing in many millions to witness its futuristic design. It will be a wonderful opportunity to share our Emirati culture and achievements while showcasing our ambitious vision for the future,” Sheikh Ahmed said.
“The Pavilion will be an architectural marvel that all seven Emirates can rightly take pride in, both now at the ground-breaking stage, during Expo, and in legacy when it will become a lasting icon of our nation,” he added.
The pavilion is being built by Arabtec Construction, a subsidiary of Arabtec Holding, which won the contract after competing with various national and international companies. The National Media Council, for its part, has been in charge of building and operating the UAE pavilions at all international expos since its inception in 2006.
Dr. Al Jaber noted that the UAE pavilion is “a prominent landmark” at the expo site which will “be the main attraction for millions of visitors from all around the world.”
“The Pavilion showcases the history of the UAE, which stretches over thousands of years, and tells the story of our wise leaders, their vision and their achievements that have transformed the UAE into an international role model,” he added. “At the same time, the structure will introduce visitors to the UAE’s ambitious aspirations for the future, all the way till 2071."
The UAE pavilion is designed in the shape of a flying falcon, and is designed to reflect the values of openness, communication and tolerance. Once completed, the pavilion will span an area of over 15,000 square metres, with four-floors including a 1,717 square metre top floor dedicated for hospitality and a 588-square-metre mezzanine floor to house support units.
The entire structure is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. The design – by architect Santiago Calavara – was approved after a seven month design competition in which nine international firms submitted 11 concepts, with the entries evaluated for the extent in which they embodied the main themes of the expo and their representation of UAE heritage.
“The pavilion will leave a lasting impression on the UAE landscape, showcasing our rich culture, our journey as a nation and our development and leadership in many fields,” said Reem Al Hashimy. “It will introduce millions of people to our history, as well as the future aspirations that we seek to achieve with our leadership’s vision and through cooperation with other nations.”
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