The Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere opened last month, allowing visitors to be among the first to experience Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion.
Pavilions Premiere offers visitors a preview of Expo 2020’s Thematic Pavilions and will provide a glimpse of what is to come when Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa (MEA) and South Asia region – welcomes visitors from throughout the world from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, opened to the public on January 22, while Alif – The Mobility Pavilion and Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion, will follow later in the first quarter of 2021.
The iconic Terra pavilion, designed by world-renowned Grimshaw Architects, sets an example for sustainable building design.
Built to be net-zero for both energy and water, it features 1,055 photovoltaic panels arranged on a 130-m-wide roof canopy and atop a series of ‘Energy Trees’. The pavilion also uses cutting-edge water-reduction strategies, along with water recycling and alternative water sources.
“We are delighted to start 2021 on such a positive note, as we welcome the UAE community to be the first to experience Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, at a moment in our history that is unparalleled, in terms of its impact on humanity,” said Reem Al Hashemy, the Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation.
“This period of rapid, unprecedented change has brought with it a pressing need to rethink the way we exist, and is further accelerated by a global health crisis that has touched each and every individual on Earth. While 2020 may be remembered as a year that changed us forever, it has also given us a tremendous opportunity to come together as a global society and find answers to our most pressing challenges,” she stated.