Expo 2020 Dubai was inaugurated on September 30, 2021—with the theme ‘Connecting Minds And Creating The Future’—with over 200 pavilions, including those from 191 nations. We take you through some of its most stunning world pavilions on display this year. By Anushka Goel
Inaugurated by His Excellency Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, the Qatar Pavilion at Expo 2020 highlights the country’s achievements across various fields, showcases the most pioneering projects that are being developed in accordance with the National Vision 2030, and spotlights Qatar as the upcoming host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
The pavilion, designed by internationally-renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, draws inspiration from the two crossed and curved swords, encompassing a Dhow and island with two palm trees, that are at the core of Qatar’s national emblem. Utilising a combination mirror screens, holographic projections, 3D mapping and transparent LED screens, illusions in the pavilion’s gallery showcase key themes that represent Qatar’s story. Combining sound, light, and vision, Gallery 2 offers an immersive audio-visual experience that moves from impressionistic evocations to stunning imagery.
I call upon all those at the #Expo2020Dubai to visit the India Pavilion for a glimpse of India and to come to our nation to explore the countless avenues of economic and cultural cooperation. #IndiaAtDubaiExpo pic.twitter.com/oRqEzM0fgp
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 1, 2021
Inaugurated by Union Commerce & Industry Minister Piyush Goyal, the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the philosophy of Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu, i.e. “May everyone, in the whole world, be happy,” says the IndiaExpo2020 website. The pavilion showcases miniatures of the to-be-built Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and the under-construction Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi, reports Mint. The design of the pavilion focuses on sustainability and energy-efficiency, as it enables focus on the country’s rich heritage, potential and the promise of a New India.
Apart from the country’s spiritual heritage, the pavilion showcases India’s technological advancements, emerging sectors and cultural heritage over two floors. Piyush Goyal, while speaking to the media, said, “It is a great opportunity to showcase emerging new India to visitors. who are coming from all over the world,” reports Mint.
Centred around the theme of ‘Resourceful Luxembourg‘, the Luxembourg Pavilion is the only one to feature a slide, writes the pavilion’s official website. The shape is based on the idea of the Möbius ribbon, i.e. an infinite form, like the circular economy, along with being a symbol of openness and dynamism.
The floors of the pavilion represent the country in five aspects: diversity, connecting, sustainability, enterprising, and beauty—the last of which features an option for visitors to choose their way out, that is, a walkway or a giant slide that’s been featured in the pavilion. The ground floor houses a restaurant and a souvenir shop for all visitors to take back a piece of Luxembourg with them.
— Australia at Expo 2020 (@Expo2020Aus) September 30, 2021
Located in the Mobility District at the Expo 2020, the Australia Pavilion, designed by Brisbane-based architects bureau^proberts, takes inspiration from the cumulus cloud, a feature of the diverse Australian landscape. It signifies the way in which Australia is home to multiple cultures that unify and enhance the nation, writes the pavilion’s website.
The pavilion also focuses on sustainability with its water-saving technologies and use of Australian-made composite laminated timbers for its design.
The Belgium Pavilion, located in Expo 2020’s Mobility District, focuses heavily on sustainability. Called ‘the green arch’, it has been designed as a positive proclamation to today’s climate-scared youth, reports Designboom. The pavilion also integrates sustainable building strategies to showcase that design and sustainability can go hand-in-hand.
The agora provides a shortcut to the Sustainability District at the Expo, and its design, including balconies with gardens and its curved structure allowing for ventilation, offers respite from the hot sun. The Belgium Pavilion features a restaurant and a souvenir shop for visitors, along with a business centre for patrons.
The Expo, which opened to visitors on October 1, 2021, will be on till March 31, 2022.