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Obayashi Mideast begins work on Expo 2020 Dubai's Japan Pavilion

Ground has been broken on the Opportunity District structure designed by Yuko Nagayama and NTT Facilities

Expo 2020 Dubai's Japan Pavilion.
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Expo 2020 Dubai's Japan Pavilion.

Ground has been broken on Expo 2020 Dubai's Japan Pavilion, an Opportunity District structure – featuring an Arabesque- and Asanoha-inspired 3D façade – designed by Yoko Nagayama and NTT Facilities for which Obayashi Middle East is working as construction contractor. 

The pavilion is inspired by Japanese Origami shapes "that symbolise the respect shown to others through the Japanese art of Origata gift-wrapping", UAE state news agency, Wam, reported.

In keeping with Expo 2020 Dubai's emphasis on sustainability, Japan Pavilion will use an environment-friendly cooling mechanism inspired by the traditional Arabic and Japanese systems of windcathers and uchimizu.

The groundbreaking ceremony was attended by Akihiko Nakajima, the Japanese Ambassador to the UAE; Akima Umezawa, Consul-General of Japan in Dubai; Tomiyasu Nakamura, commissioner general of Japan Pavilion; and Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, executive director of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau; and other guests.

Preparation for exhibits at the Expo 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion are under way as well, being led by the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry, and co-organised by the Ministry of International affairs and Communications.

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