Revealed: What India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will look like
CONFIRMED: Civil works' completion due in March 2020, India's Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs says
Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's official tour of the UAE and Bahrain – his third visit to the Emirates and the first visit to Bahrain by an Indian PM – it was revealed that construction work had started on India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, which Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) said would focus on India's focus on innovation and start-ups in the country, and Dubai Media Office added would highlight India's history of 5,000 years of civilisation.
In a tweet, BIE said the four-storey Indian pavilion would be located within Expo 2020 Dubai's Opportunity District.
India’s Union Minister for Housing and Urban Affairs, Hardeep Singh Puri, said plans for the pavilion's development were recently discussed with the Indian government's Department of Commerce as well.
Puri said structural work would be completed by December 2019, while civil works would complete by March 2020.
He tweeted: "The entire pavilion with interiors and curation will be ready in August 2020, well in time for the inauguration of the expo in October."
Revealed: India started construction of its @Expo2020Dubai pavilion yesterday. Situated in the Opportunity District, the four-storey pavilion will showcase the country's strengths in innovation & start-ups in the hi-tech sector pic.twitter.com/wQc490WsNo— BIE (@bieparis) 22 August 2019
Additional details of Expo 2020 Dubai's India Pavilion have yet to be revealed. Construction tendering platform ProTenders lists CPKA as design architect for Expo 2020 Dubai's Indian Pavilion, with City Diamond Contracting named general and mechanical, electrical, and plumbing contractor.
Mace International and CH2M are named as project managers for the project by ProTenders.
A rendering of India Pavilion shared by BIE and Dubai Media Office shows a main building covered by a façade resembling leaves, emblazoned with the Arabic- and Hindi-language names of India – respectively written as الهند and भारत.
India's pavilion at @expo2020dubai will take its visitors in a journey through 5,000 years of Indian civilisation. The pavilion will also showcase the country’s strength in innovation and tech. #Dubai pic.twitter.com/gvnCQEgV6I— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) 23 August 2019
Also visible in the rendering is a statue of Mahatma Gandhi, a well-known Indian freedom fighter often called the 'Father of the Nation' in India, and a separate structure partially resembling a sun dial.
National Stock Exchange-listed NBCC India Limited, formerly known as National Buildings Construction Corporation (NBCC), is overseeing the development of the project through its Dubai subsidiary, NBCC DWC.