Commissioner general named for Expo 2020 Dubai US Pavilion
Rakolta Jr will lead US’ participation at the World Expo and will also be responsible in overseeing the pavilion’s activities
The US Ambassador to the UAE, John Rakolta Jr, has been named the commissioner general of Expo 2020 Dubai’s US Pavilion, as preparations are in full-swing for the “world’s greatest event” that will open its doors on 20 October 2020.
In his role as the commissioner general, Rakolta Jr will lead US’ participation at the World Expo and will also be responsible in overseeing the American pavilion’s activities, according to the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi, the UAE's state-held news agency, Wam, reported.
The US Department of State is responsible for the country’s participation in international expositions.
Earlier this month, construction work began at the US Pavilion, with the first concrete pour having been carried out in the presence of the US Ambassador to the UAE, John Rakolta Jr, and the counselor of the US Department of State, T Ulrich Brechbühl.
Located within the Mobility District of the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 Dubai site, the circular pavilion will feature slants fashioned to project the sensation of movement, giving the impression that the building itself is in motion in line with its theme, ‘What Moves You? The Spirit of Mobility’. American architect Curtis W Fentress has designed the structure.
The US Pavilion's exhibition will be developed by Thinkwell Group, who will also operate the pavilion during the World Expo. Meanwhile, Global Ties US will develop the cultural programming at the pavilion.