Expo 2020 Dubai: five must-sees

The 2020 World’s Fair will go ahead in spite of the pandemic.  In fact, it’s coming back with a vengeance from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, making it one of the biggest events to take place since the strict lockdowns brought about by the pandemic ended.  That’s why Connections by Finsa has created this post about five must-sees that are scattered across the 438 hectares that make up Expo 2020 Dubai:


Connecting minds, creating the future

The Expo is made up of three districts, each with a different theme based on the slogan Connecting minds, creating the future: Sustainability, or bringing nature and tech together; Mobility, which focuses on bridging the gap between the physical and digital worlds; and Opportunity, which is all about creating a more united world through empathy.

The first World’s Fair was held in 1851, but this is the first time that the event is taking place in the Middle East.  It also coincides with the United Arab Emirates fiftieth anniversary, the perfect excuse for making this a very special event.


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DEWA: the smartest building in the world

Expo 2020 Dubai will see the debut of the smartest building in the world, a fifteen-storey building that will house the offices of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).  It will contain a 4.8MWp photovoltaic plant made up of the most efficient solar cells available.


Architecture at Expo 2020 Dubai

Architecture is always going to have a starring role in an event of this size.  Below are three must-see structures:

  1. The Mobility Pavilion by Norman Foster: Its curved shape was designed to evoke a sense of movement, while its steel exterior was inspired by aeroplane wings.
  2. The Opportunity Pavilion by AGi Architects: built around a covered plaza that provides shelter for visitors. Its blocky volumes contrast with its placement in an open space.
  3. The United Arab Emirates Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava: a symbolic interpretation of the flow of movement using cantilevered arches and wings.


The first ropeless elevator in the world

Among the many new advancements in constructions, The German Pavilion will debut the first ropeless elevator in the world.  It was designed with skyscrapers in mind and can move horizontally, vertically, and on an incline.  It also uses 70% less energy than a traditional elevator.


District 2020

Gone are the days of mammoth projects that were created for an event and never used again.  When Expo 2020 Dubai comes to an end, 80% of the Dubai Trade Centre-Jebel will become District 2020: a smart, sustainable city that will include residential areas, offices, industrial complexes, and research institutes.


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Dubai is, without a shadow of a doubt, is one of the most important places for design and innovation.  Make sure you read our articles about Dubai Design Week 2020 and The Line, the most sustainable city in the world.