Another day, and another exciting new building in Dubai. Time Out Dubai has news that architect Santiago Calatrava Valls has been appointed to design the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion building for Dubai World Expo 2020.
Located at Al Wasl Plaza, this design was approved by a jury of representative from The National Media Council (NMC). The UAE Pavilion will be in the centre of the 200-hectare exhibition zone and will house an auditorium, food and beverage outlets, VIP lounges and numerous exhibition areas.
The design of this building is inspired by a falcon in flight and is deemed to echo the
powerful spirit of the UAE.
Dr Sultan Bin Ahmad Sultan Al Jaber, Minister of State, Chairman of the Board of Director of NMC said, “The proposed design of the UAE Pavilion captures the story we want to tell the world about our nation. Our late founding father Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan used falconry expeditions to forge connections between tribes and to create a distinct national identity which ultimately led to the founding of the UAE”.
He continued, “The falcon design will symbolise how we are connecting the UAE to the minds of the world and how as a global community we can soar to new heights through partnership and cooperation”.
The Spaniard-Swiss neo-futuristic architect will be adding another building to the Dubai skyline at Dubai Creek Harbour.
Last month, his design for The Tower – reported due to be taller than Burj Khalifa – was approved to pop up in Dubai Creek. Calatrava’s other famous work include the World Trade Centre Transportation Hub in New York, Chicago Spire Tower, Calgary Peace Bridge and the Olympic Sports Complex in Athens.
Expo 2020 is expected to welcome over 250 million visitors and participants from over 180 countries during October 2020 and April 2021.