Saudi Arabia has announced that it has completed work on its country pavilion for the Expo 2020 Dubai event which kicks off on October 1. Spanning an area of 13,069 sq m – equivalent to two football fields –the kingdom’s pavilion size is second only to that of host UAE.
Rising six storeys from the ground, the innovative façade of the building symbolises the country’s deeply-rooted heritage, ancient culture, natural wonders, myriad opportunities and the towering ambition of its people, said senior Saudi officials involved in the project.
Aligned with global sustainability norms and a clear environmental vision, the eco-friendly structure boasts 650 solar panels sourced from Saudi entrepreneurs and manufactured in the kingdom, they stated.
At the Saudi Pavilion, visitors will experience the kingdom’s rich past, vibrant present and promising future. A 68-sq-m, curved LED screen will greet visitors as they embark on a technology-enabled journey through five ecosystems, hinting at the kingdom’s natural spaces, beautiful coasts, vast deserts, surrounding seas, and high mountains, said the officials. A stunning art installation embedded with 2,030 crystals, to represent the Saudi Vision 2030, is also anticipated to be a big draw at the pavilion.
Also set to be a prime attraction is a special water feature installation alongside a 1,320-sq-m inclined mirror screen and unique art showcases attributed to Saudi artists, said the officials.
People, opportunity, nature, and heritage are the four pillars that anchor the visitor experience of the kingdom’s pavilion; an adventure woven into one of the most sustainable structures at Expo 2020 Dubai, they stated.
The pavilion has been awarded the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest internationally recognised sustainability rating. In addition, it holds three Guinness World Records: for the largest interactive lighting floor with around 8,000 LED lights, the longest interactive water feature at more than 32 m, and the largest LED interactive digital mirror screen at 1,302.5 sq m.
In keeping with the overarching theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the KSA pavilion will take visitors on a guided tour of the wonders of the country’s 13 regions through multiple immersive and interactive experiences and exhibits.