Calatrava-Designed Dubai Expo 2020 UAE Pavilion Construction Now Underway

With Expo 2020 now on the horizon, construction has begun on what promises to be one of the signature structures for the Dubai event. Modeled on a winning design submitted by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, who is known for striking, often all-white structures that blend futuristic silhouettes with organic inspirations, the pavilion will occupy a footprint of over 49,000 square feet across a total of four floors, topped by a hospitality lounge. Taking aesthetic inspiration from the feathered wings of a falcon in flight, the design is an attempt to embody the expo’s theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

From the perspective of Emirati officials, the proposed structure encapsulates the exact image that the host country wants to project onto the world stage. “The UAE Pavilion will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent attractions of Expo 2020, drawing in many millions to witness its futuristic design,” said Expo 2020 chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. “It will be a wonderful opportunity to share our Emirati culture and achievements while showcasing our ambitious vision for the future.”

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Source: Architectural Digest

Dubai enhances global appeal

For the first time, Dubai now ranks among the world’s Top 30 Cities in terms of commercial real estate activity, adding yet another recognition to its string of laurels.

Property consultant JLL’s annual Global Cities Ranking, ‘Global300′ survey, ranked the city 27th out of the 300 cities surveyed.

“Dubai has moved up the ranking in each successive year from 36th place in 2014 highlighting the city’s growing global influence and efforts to boost corporate attraction ahead of Expo 2020,” JLL said in its survey report. The survey focused on evaluating 300 cities that are centered on commercial real estate activity. Already at the forefront of integrating cutting-edge technology into everyday life, Dubai is about to fulfill its vision of becoming the World’s Smartest City by 2021, and ultimately the Happiest City in the world.

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Source: Khaleej Times

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