UAE pavilion coming home from Shanghai Expo

TDIC to open UAE pavilion as exhibition centre by end of 2011

The UAE pavilion will be reassembled on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Photo: Getty.
The UAE pavilion will be reassembled on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi. Photo: Getty.
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UAE’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo will be dismantled and rebuilt on Saadiyat Island.

Abu Dhabi’s Tourism Development and Investment Company (TDIC) announced last week that the 3,500m2 sand dune-shaped structure will be shipped back to the UAE and reassembled, after six months of welcoming visitors in Shanghai, China.

Gerard Evenden, an architect for designers Foster and Partners, told the National today that moving the pavilion – which is formed from 24,000 individual steel pieces – was an amazing challenge.

"From Foster and Partners point of view it is fantastic that the UAE has decided to bring its pavilion back home. The whole ethos of the World Expo was one of sustainable urban development and this sends and wonderful message to the rest of the world,” he said.

The pavilion was designed and built in early May 2010 with the intention that it would be shipped back to the UAE at the end of the six-month event. The dismantling of the project started last month, according to the TDIC, and will be ready for shipping in April.

By the end of 2011, the pavilion will be open to the public.

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