Ground breaks on UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee laid the foundations for the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on 17 December
HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and chief executive of Emirates Airline and Group, laid the foundations for the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on 17 December.
Talking at the event, Saeed Al Maktoum, said: “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. 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.”
The ceremony, also included the signing of the official agreement for the UAE’s participation in the Expo, which was signed by HE Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, minister of state and chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) and HE Reem Ibrahim Al Hashimy, minister of state for International Cooperation and director-general of the Expo 2020 Office.
The Pavilion covers an area of more than 15,000m2; it is made up of four floors with the top storey dedicated for hospitality with an area of 1,717m2.
A 588m2 mezzanine floor will house support units, and the two remaining floors consist of more than 12,000m2 of exhibition space.
The NMC approved the design submitted by architect Santiago Calatrava and Arabtec Construction (a subsidiary of Arabtec Holding) is building the Pavilion, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.