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Video: The journey behind Expo 2020 Dubai's entry portals

In less than 250 days the doors to Expo 2020 Dubai will open to the world that will welcome more than 25 million visitors.

And in order to make visitor experience even more interesting three carbon-fibre entry portals have been installed at the Expo’s 4.38km2 site that were opened earlier this week.

Conceived by Expo 2020 Dubai in collaboration with British architect Asif Khan and his studio, the entry portals are a future form of architecture inspired by the aesthetics of the region.

Each portal features two vast doors that are 21-metre-high and 10.5-metre-wide. The use of carbon-fibre composite helps the structures stand tall at 21-metres without any additional support making it taller than a six-storey building, with 30-metre length.

Each entry portal leads to tree-filled arrival courtyards, one each at the three thematic districts namely, Opportunity, Sustainability, and Mobility. The tree-filled courtyards were also designed in collaboration with Khan.

According to Expo 2020 Dubai the entry portals are a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya, a design that is used across the region to control light and the flow of air.

Speaking about the entry portals, chief development and delivery officer at Expo 2020 Dubai, Ahmed Al Khatib, said that the Expo Entry Portals will provide a wonderful way to welcome millions of people from across the globe, giving a first taste of the amazing architecture and groundbreaking innovation they will experience all around the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

The carbon-fibre structures were developed in three years and were the first element to be revealed from Khan’s design of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Public Realm, which includes more than 6km of walkable areas across the site.

Describing the entry portals as his best work yet, Khan said that the portals are the first thing people will see as they approach the site, making them a landmark at the beginning and end of their journey at Expo 2020.

Passing through the doors represents a physical and symbolic act of moving from the past into the future, Khan added.

The precision-machined portals were designed and built by HA-CO Carbon, a small business located in Germany’s Bavaria.

UPS, which is the official Logistics Partner of the world’s greatest show, moved multiple shipments from Germany through Belgium’s Port of Antwerp and into Dubai’s commercial port in Jebel Ali to complete a series of multi-modal deliveries of the portals in December 2019.

(Source: Construction Week YouTube channel)