An artist's impression of the falcon-inspired UAE pavilion.
PHOTO BY EXPO 2020
DUBAI – With ongoing construction at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai, organisers gave a sneak peek of the architectural flair of the UAE’s pavilion.
A bird’s eye view of the pavilion reveals a falcon-inspired roof. Organisers said that when complete, the pavilion will feature a white roof inspired by a falcon in flight.
The falcon is the national bird of the UAE and is a symbol of force and courage. Falconry is an integral part of Arab tradition and culture.
Other countries that have tapped nature for inspiration in the design of their pavilion include the Philippines, whose pavilion is inspired by the coral reef.
In a closed-door presentation with Expat Media and Philippine officials in Dubai earlier this year, Royal Pineda, CEO of architectural firm Budji Royal, which designed the Philippine pavilion, said that the Philippines’ entry in Expo 2020 will “reset history” by presenting the modern Filipino.
Meanwhile, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, vowed that the emirate will deliver the “greatest expo in the event’s history”.
The Expo 2020 in Dubai is set to open on October 20, 2020 and is expected to host 25 million visitors during its six-month run. The event has attracted 191 participating countries. ICA/Expat Media
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