Dubai has won a bid to host the 2020 Expo. This will be the first time the international celebration of innovation and business will be held in the Middle East, and Dubai’s aim is to generate 50 percent of the necessary energy on site. The design incorporates an enormous dual purpose photovoltaic sun shade that will harness energy during the day, and provide a dazzling light display at night.
Under the theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ Dubai’s Expo will prioritize sustainability, opportunity and mobility. A plaza will be at the center of the site to invite presentations and discussions as the exhibition evolves. This space will be called ‘Al Wasl,’ the former name for Dubai which translates as ‘The Connection.’
From this core space visitors and participants will be able to access the zones covering Connectivity, Mobility, and all aspects of sustainability in separate pavilions. This idea was inspired by a ‘souk’ – a traditional Arabic marketplace – to create an interactive and bustling atmosphere.
The entire site will be covered by a photovoltaic fabric hanging above the pavilions. The bid’s authors aim to generate half of the Expo’s energy on site, while ensuring shade from the scorching sun throughout the day. And when the sun sets, the fabric will be transformed into an illuminating display of lights and digital projections.
Images via Dubai Expo 2020