Inside Emirates Airline's future-focused Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion

PICTURES, VIDEO: HH Sheikh Ahmed says 3,300m2 EK pavilion to showcase significance of mobility 'today and in the future'

The Emirates Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase the future of aviation.
The Emirates Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase the future of aviation.

Ground was broken on UAE airline Emirates’ pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai – described by its team as an ‘ultramodern’ building – in March 2019, with HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, revealing details of the structure that will showcase “how important mobility is for the world today and in the future”.

The 3,300m2 pavilion will be three floors high and has been designed “to reflect the dynamic lines of aircraft wings ready to take flight”.

Ground broke on Expo 2020 Dubai's Emirates Pavilion in March [supplied].


The pavilion will be covered by 26 slanted architectural fins that will comprise 800m of LED lighting that will be used to create multi-sensory effects and movements, and used for light shows that will be held on every night of Expo 2020 Dubai, which runs from 20 October, 2020 to 10 April, 2021.

Integrated solar arrays, off-site construction, responsive solar shading, and “a verdant landscape on both the inside and outside of the Emirates Pavilion” are included in construction plans.

The 3,300m2 structure will showcase the future of aviation [image: Emirates].

Located close to Expo 2020 Dubai’s UAE Pavilion and within walking distance of Al Wasl Plaza – the centre of Expo 2020 Dubai’s site – the Emirates Pavilion will be able to welcome more than 56,000 visitors per month.


Designed to showcase “the changing world of commercial aviation” and to spur a discussion around “the power of mobility and its advancements both in the air and on the ground”, the Emirates Pavilion will focus on themes such as the science of flight; advancements in engine technologies; new aerospace materials that can boost efficiencies and cut fuel consumption; fuselage interiors that improve passenger comfort; and improving passenger experience at airports.

Natural daylight will be a critical element of the pavilion, which features an enclosed floor plan with the aim of reducing energy consumption.

A birds-eye view of Emirates Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai [supplied].

Experiential content has been planned for the structure and “will take centre-stage” at the building, Emirates said in a statement.

The pavilion’s second floor will comprise an auditorium for speaker sessions and industry events, whilst its third story will comprise a skygarden.


The first theme of Emirates Pavilion will allow visitors to learn about the basic principles of aviation. The second one, focused on engine advances, will explore how electric units might shape the future of aviation and help cut emissions over the years.

Emirates Pavilion’s future lab will explore “innovative metallic and composite materials that are being developed, improved and adopted to offer better flying performance”, the airline said. Research will focus on material features such as reduced weight, increased strength, greater corrosion-resistance, and improved fuel economy, to explore how these materials might “become the building blocks for the aircraft of tomorrow”.

Engine of tomorrow: The EK Pavilion will focus on the future [image: Emirates].

Among the more user-focused themes of Emirates Pavilion will be ‘the fuselage of tomorrow’, which will allow pavilion visitors to review the advancements being made in terms of cabin interiors, including ergonomics, seating layouts, ‘immersive’ onboard experiences and ‘intelligent interfaces’, windowless fuselages, and the technology behind ‘smarter seats’.

Airport technology is also a key area of focus for Emirates – which operates out of the standalone Terminal 3 (T3) at Dubai International Airport (DXB). Its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion will show visitors how biometric end-to-end passenger processing systems work, including their use of iris recognition and wearable technology, plus multiple biometrics and human recognition systems such as brain scanning and voice analyses.


Commenting on the pavilion, HH Sheikh Ahmed said: “We are incredibly proud to unveil the first details of the Emirates Pavilion today, which celebrates the themes of Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The aim for our pavilion is very much in line with that of Expo 2020 Dubai, to stimulate connections, create experiences and foster creativity and innovation, inspiring a commitment for a better future.

“The forward-thinking experiences will highlight the best that is yet to come in aviation, and will be a platform to showcase how important mobility is for the world today and in the future.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum [CW Archives].

“Emirates and the wider transportation ecosystem here in the UAE will play a key role in providing connectivity for a successful Expo 2020, and the economic impact of the transport, hospitality and tourism sector will contribute [$4.4bn] AED 16.4 billion to the UAE economy, underscoring the vital role these industries play in generating economic value by bringing people together and breaking down barriers.”

HE Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Bureau Expo Dubai 2020 said: “We are excited to be bringing the whole world together to experience this incredible mega event. For almost 170 years, World Expos have united people in a spirit of inspiration and excitement for the future, and have amazed them with innovation, culture, art, food and fun.

“Air travel has transformed the ability of people to experience everything that the world has to offer. Expo 2020, and Emirates as our Official Airline Partner, will be bringing all of that together in one place, Dubai, in 2020. And the Emirates Pavilion will tell the incredible story of the role that air travel will continue to play in transforming mobility and shaping our futures.”

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