UK pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO. All Rights Reserved.

‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ along with the key sub-themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to be a celebration of key global developments and achievements, offering visitors 173 days of technology, art, science, culture, creativity, food and music. It provides a platform to address global challenges and foster creativity, innovation and collaboration among its 192 participating countries and visitors.

Here’s a look at five pavilions:

Saudi Arabia Pavilion

Saudi Arabia pavilion, render. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.
Saudi Arabia pavilion, render. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.

Themed ‘The sky is the limit’, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion resembles a huge window opening up from the ground and soaring into the sky. It will offer visitors an immersive journey that glimpses into the Kingdom’s glittering future and also demonstrates the country’s welcoming character and deep-rooted culture.

Measuring more than 13,000 square metres, which is approximately the size of two football pitches, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Pavilion will be the second largest at Expo 2020 Dubai, after the UAE Pavilion, and is located in the Opportunity District. The pavilions advanced technologies have won the pavilion three Guinness World Records awards

The pavilion’s exhibition will highlight the Kingdom’s openness to businesses and tourists, and a desire to build links and collaborate with other nations to create a better world for everyone.

Morocco Pavilion

Morocco pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.
Morocco pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.

The Morocco Pavilion enjoys a place of privilege on the site of Expo 2020 Dubai, at the heart of the Opportunity District, near the host country’s Pavilion, and not far from the central focal point of the site, Al Wasl Plaza. By ancestral traditions of earth construction, the pavilion’s architecture and technical achievements place it steadfastly in the 21st century, whose major issues are sustainability and the reduction of our environmental footprints.

With a covered area of 3500 m2, the Morocco Pavilion proposes a stunning experience that is at once informative, immersive, and participative. The exhibition is designed as a stroll around the central patio, which leads to 13 rooms on 7 levels, each presenting a unique environment: a scenographic experience of didactic scope and an inspirational artistic experience, presented in an attractive and interactive manner that engages the body as well as the mind. The Morocco Pavilion will also house a conference room, B2B space, VIP lounge, gastronomic restaurant, street food vendor, tea shop, and a boutique.

Singapore Pavilion

The Singapore Pavilion will occupy a 1,550 square-metre site within the Sustainability District of the 4.38 square-kilometre Expo 2020 site in Dubai South. The creative vision for the Singapore Pavilion is that of a dense, multi-layered three-dimensional greening space – a city that is set in a garden. The ground level will be a welcoming space for visitors, set in a tropical garden ambience. Three large modular garden cones draped in verdant vertical greenery will form the centrepieces of the pavilion, with key exhibits housed within their interior spaces. A canopy walk will connect the three cones to lead visitors through the exhibits and up to an open platform with vantage points of the Expo site that also allows for interaction and discourse.

The Singapore Pavilion is also envisioned as a net-zero energy pavilion that incorporates sustainability design strategies and features, such as a cantilevered roof to provide shade and thermal comfort, solar panels and water treatment technology to provide for the energy and water needs of the pavilion.

With the theme of ‘Nature. Nurture. Future’, the Singapore Pavilion will encapsulate Singapore’s story of overcoming its physical limitations as a small island city-state to become a highly liveable and sustainable city. With the world becoming more fast-paced, diverse and unpredictable, it is essential that Singapore adapts to remain resilient.

United Kingdom Pavilion

UK pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.
UK pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.

With the theme ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’, inspired by one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, ‘Breakthrough Message’, the UK Pavilion invites viewers to consider what message they would communicate to express themselves as a planet should they one day encounter other advanced civilisations in space.

The pavilion’s design is grounded in the premise of a ‘Collective Message’ for humanity – where visitors will be encouraged to donate a word or phrase to an AI generated soundscape.

Explore a virtual tour of the pavilion.

Spain Pavilion

The Spanish pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.
The Spanish pavilion. Copyright © 2020 Expo 2020 Dubai LLC –SO.

The Spanish pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be made up of various multi-purpose spaces that visitors can use to explore, sit, read, congregate or even rest. They will function like small urban squares with catering services and shops, where people can spend time and enjoy the amenities.

The exhibition area is designed to be a basement space which will make use of the thermal and acoustic insulation that being underground provides. Both the open public spaces and the exhibition area will be connected via a large space where waiting will become part of the entertainment. The intention is to bring visitors together in a surprising, dynamic and collaborative experience, to enjoy creative, scientific, technological, educational, artistic and philosophical projects, all with a Spanish flair that will serve both as a model and an inspiration.

The Spanish Pavilion will help to raise awareness about, and encourage, greater efficiency, energy saving and resource management. It will not simply be an efficient building, it will be constructed with sustainable materials that will be showcased to the pavilion’s visitors and other users.


The information is extracted from Expo Dubai press releases.

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