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Following the Milan Expo in 2015, Dubai will be the next site for the World Expo in 2020. The slogan “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” has been chosen for the event and it is projected to attract more than 180 participating countries as well as more than 20 million visitors between October 20th, 2020 and April 10th, 2020.

The Dubai Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo celebrated in the MEASA region (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) as well as the first to be organized by an Arabic Nation. With a third of the world’s population living just within a four hour flight, the people of the UAE are at the centre of an exchange of ideas and cultures. This Expo will be the biggest that has been celebrated in an Arabic nation to date. It will invite 190 countries to participate and millions of visitors from all parts of the world.

The Dubai Expo 2020 will be the worldwide headquarters for 173 days, each one filled with new experiences. The youth will be at the centre of the World Exposition. For this reason, Expo 2020 aspires to establish a meaningful legacy that will benefit future generations, both on a local and global level that takes on both innovations and architecture as well as commercial opportunities. The central slogan of the Dubai Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” and hopes to be a platform for inspiring creativity, innovation and world collaboration.

The Expo will help to generate new ideas that will have a long-term effect on not only the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) nations but also the rest of the world. For that to be possible, the creators focused on three related subjects that are fundamental for tackling some of the world’s most critical issues: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. Sustainability is integrated in all aspects of the Expo, while at the same time leaving a significant impact and inspiring millions of visitors and followers to reinforce their commitment to helping the environment. It aspires to offer one of the most sustainable World Expositions in history.

Based on 4 objectives:

– Leave a lasting legacy of having sustainable infrastructure and sustainability in general.

-Drive sustainable efforts in Dubai and the United Arab Emirates.

– Increase public awareness and commitment to sustainability and sustainable living.

-Develop sustainable scalable solutions, extending benefits to the economy.

Dubai is in an ideal position to organize a World Exposition, providing a platform for the global community to tackle critical problems and explore creative solutions together. The United Arab Emirates wants to be a country that facilitates the exchange of ideas and culture, so that the global community locates and tackles problems while it explores creative solutions together.

Regarding the architectural project, The Spanish Pavilion, 47 proposals were presented and the Amann-Cánovas-Maruri study was chosen as the winner of the contest held to choose which architectural project would design the Spanish Pavilion within the Dubai Expo 2020. The study was especially valued by the judges on account of its iconic strength, its sustainable criteria and design based on the idea of complete recycling of all the materials. The building simulates an open area that is limited by shade and its tempered climate. If someone were to ask where the limit of the Pavilion were, the correct response would be: where the shade ends. The Pavilion is a  combination of intermediate spaces, of places that offer sensations in which time seems to be recovered.


Characteristics of the Spanish Pavilion:

This Pavilion, some 6,000 m2 approximately, consists of a large plaza covered by a series of large voluminous cone shapes that work to temper the climate within the public space. The plaza offers domes that are covered in different materials that refer  to some of the most traditional insulation techniques in combination with innovative solutions. The process involves the principles of a circular economy and offers solutions that make it possible for some of its elements to be reutilised afterwards.

The Expo is located in the Southern District of Dubai, a new section of the city that is set to become a centre of international transit. Its surface is 2 km2 that is fenced off and another zone outside that contains 2.4 km2. This is meant for different services and installations, such as housing for participants, storage, transport, logistics, parks, hotels, commercial areas and parking. This district has direct access to the Al Maktoum International Airport.

The compound premises are designed symmetrically, where the three different themed districts (Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability) form  a helix that comes together in a large central plaza of 150 m in diameter called the Al Wasl Plaza. The National Pavilions will be distributed throughout the contour of the enclosure.


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