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In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The three entry portals that will welcome millions of visitors from around the world to Expo 2020 Dubai have been revealed

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

Conceived by Expo 2020 in collaboration with top British architect Asif Khan and his studio, the portals are a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya, an intricate design used across the region to regulate light and airflow  (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The portals are woven entirely from strands of ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite that lend incredible structural strength. This enables the structures to stand 21 metres high – taller than a six-storey building – and 30 metres long without any additional support. (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite enables the structures to stand 21 metres high – taller than a six-storey building – and 30 metres long without any additional support (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

Each portal features two vast doors - 21 metres high and 10.5 metres wide - that will be opened every morning of the 173 days of Expo 2020 in a symbolic act of welcoming the world (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The portals lead to tree-filled arrival courtyards, also designed in collaboration with Khan – one in each of the three Expo 2020 districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The structures have taken three years to develop and are the first element to be fully revealed from Khan’s design of Expo 2020’s Public Realm, which comprises more than 6km of walkable areas across the site (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

Conceived by Expo 2020 in collaboration with top British architect Asif Khan and his studio, the portals are a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya, an intricate design used across the region to regulate light and airflow (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The portals are woven entirely from strands of ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite that lend incredible structural strength. This enables the structures to stand 21 metres high – taller than a six-storey building – and 30 metres long without any additional support. (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

Khan described the Expo Entry Portals as his best work yet, saying: “The portals are the first thing you see as you approach the site, so they are a landmark at the beginning and end of your journey at Expo 2020." (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite enables the structures to stand 21 metres high – taller than a six-storey building – and 30 metres long without any additional support (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)

In pictures: Expo 2020 Dubai entry portals by British architect Asif Khan

The portals lead to tree-filled arrival courtyards, also designed in collaboration with Khan – one in each of the three Expo 2020 districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability (Photo credit: Hélène Binet)