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TOP 5 PAVILIONS TO WATCH OUT FOR AT EXPO 2020

04 Oct. 2021

Eight years ago, Dubai won the bid to host the Expo and play host to 190 countries with an overarching theme of ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’. On 1st October 2021, the EXPO 2020 officially kicked off its celebrations to a six-month-long festival, featuring many experiences for visitors to enjoy while pushing forth the anthem of a smart-tech yet sustainable future. While the excitement continues to build for the 'World's Greatest Show', the INDEX team has curated a selection of top five pavilions to add to the must-attend list while visiting Expo 2020.

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INVESTMENT CORPORATION OF DUBAI PAVILION

Designed by ALEC FITOUT, walk through a series of striking labyrinthine structures made of natural woven materials. This pavilion transforms from day to night, a visual artistic experience for visitors, involving see-through structures made from organic bamboo, allowing the passage of light and movement. Dubai’s dynamic economy is backed by the Investment Corporation of Dubai.

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MISSION POSSIBLE - OPPORTUNITY PAVILION

Inspired by three individuals – Mariam, Abel and Mama Fatma who have created a big impact in the areas of food, water and energy – this pavilion pledges allegiance to UNDP’s sustainable development goals. The Opportunity Pavilion, designed by Agi Architects, builds on the rich urban history of the “plaza” and its universal significance as a place for people to connect across age, language and culture, to celebrate our shared human experiences.

ALIF - THE MOBILITY PAVILION

Breaking the divide between physical and virtual worlds, the Mobility Pavilion has gained a popularity of its own. Designed by award-winning architects Foster + Partners, the Mobility Pavilion will feature the world’s largest passenger lift, said to transport 160+ people at a time. The pavilion also stars a partly underground, partly open-air 330-metre track for you to see cutting-edge mobility devices in action.

TERRA - THE SUSTAINABILITY PAVILION

With 4912 solar panels on Terra – the Sustainability Pavilion’s 130-metre wide canopy and 18 energy trees – this alone will generate 4GWh of alternative energy per year, enough electricity to charge more than 900,000 mobile phones. This pavilion will also showcase innovative irrigation techniques, including a greywater recycling system, that aims to reduce water consumption across the landscape by 75 per cent. Designed by UK-based Grimshaw Architects, this pavilion is meant to meet the highest available accreditation for sustainable architecture – LEED Platinum certification.

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UAE PAVILION

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the UAE Pavilion contains four storeys totaling 15,000 sqm, with a dedicated hospitality space and exhibitions showcasing Emirati culture and its historical achievements. The pavilion is constructed in the shape of a falcon in flight, telling the story of UAE as a global hub and its vision to create a peaceful and progressive society.

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