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Design for Expo 2020 UAE Pavilion revealed



Expo 2020 is bringing massive projects and seriously innovative technology to the Dubai, and the announcements just keep coming. The latest plan to be released is the winning design for the UAE pavilion.

Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava took the top spot after submitting his design to compete against eight other world-renowned design firms. Inspired by a falcon in flight, the building will face the Al Wasl Plaza in the 200 hectare exhibition zone. The UAE Pavilion represents the country to the 25 million visitors expected to drop in for Expo 2020.

The National Media Council made the announcement that Calatrava’s proposal had been formally selected on Saturday, wrapping up the seven month competition.

It’s anticipated that the building will cover around 15,000 square metres, including VIP lounges, exhibition areas, F&B outlets and an autodrome.

Calatrava said that he’s “honoured” to be the winning designer, adding: “I am confident that the final design will be a symbol of the bold and daring spirit of the UAE, reflected in what is poised to be the most inclusive and global Expo in history.”

Dr Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, Minister of State and National Media Council chairman, said: “The proposed design of the UAE Pavilion captures the story we want to tell the world about our nation.

Our late founding father His Highness Sheikh 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 United Arab Emirates.

“Now, 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.”

You may have heard Santiago Calatrava’s name before – another of his innovative designs has already been selected by the UAE. His futuristic design for The Tower (a mammoth project at Dubai Creek that’s said to be taller than the Burj Khalifa), was approved.

Just when you thought Dubai’s cityscape couldn’t get any better, it does.

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