Dubai will soon be getting a new landmark, as work on the Expo 2020 UAE Pavilion will begin this month, according to Dubai Municipality.
The pavilion will be the centrepiece of Expo 2020 activity in the south of Dubai, and is scheduled for completion by late 2019. The 15,000 sq m construct will host a range of exhibitions and initiatives, with early estimations predicting roughly 25 million visitors over the course of the six month-long exhibition.
So where can one expect to find the pavilion? Well, according to Dubai Municipality, it will be “strategically located” opposite Al Wasl Plaza in the centre of the 4.38 sq km exhibition area.
The sleek design has been modelled on the wings of a falcon, the UAE’s national bird, by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who also happens to be the designer of The Tower at Dubai Creek Harbour, soon to be the world’s tallest building once work completes – coming it at more than 100 metres taller than the Burj Khalifa. Calatrava won a global design competition for the pavilion, following entries from nine top architectural firms.
Dubai Media Office released a video introducing the pavilion, which you can see below.
— Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) July 5, 2017