Welcoming visitors from around the globe, Qatar Ministry of Commerce and Industry Undersecretary HE Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, inaugurated the Qatar Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai this Friday, 1 October. The opening was attended by General Commissioners from participating countries in the GCC, as well as a number of dignitaries, officials and partners.

Following the inauguration, HE toured the Qatar Pavilion which highlights the country’s achievements across various fields, showcases the most pioneering projects that are being developed in accordance with Qatar National Vision 2030, and spotlights Qatar as the host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He also visited the pavilions of participating GCC countries, where each country’s most prominent achievements were also showcased.

EXPO 2020 Dubai - Qatar Pavilion - Inauguration

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Qatar Pavilion: The Future is Now

The Qatar Pavilion was designed by renowned architect Santiago Calatrava, who represented a modern interpretation of the four elements presented in the Coat of Arms of Qatar. Its architectural composition draws inspiration from the two crossed and curved swords, encompassing a Dhow and island with two palm trees, the core of the national emblem of the state of Qatar.

According to Calatrava, they are honoured to have been chosen for the design of the Qatar Pavilion at Expo 2020.

The coinciding pair of buildings of the Qatar Pavilion consists of two main galleries of exhibition spaces. Gallery 1 serves as an introductory space and invites visitors to explore the past, present and future of Qatar through visual arts, sound effects and music. Guiding visitors toward the main entrance portal, refection pools flank the pavilion on both sides.

Utilising a combination of technologies, from mirror screens and holographic projections to 3D mapping and transparent LED screens, six illusion showcases displaying key themes that represent Qatar’s story make use of illusions that bring objects inside the pavilion to life.

Encompassing the sub-themes of EXPO 2020 in Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, these key concepts were derived from the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations, which are urgent calls for action by all countries in a global partnership.

Combining sound, light and vision, Gallery 2 offers visitors a deeply immersive audio-visual experience that moves from impressionistic evocations to stunning imagery. Featuring a wrap-around projection screen and six illusion mirror totems, visitors are met with an experience that moves from peacefulness to heightened emotion, from the personal to the global, and from the conceptual to the concrete.

The Qatar Pavilion is located within the Sustainability District, adjacent to the Southwest concourse. It has a plot area of approximately 960 sqm and a total built-up area of approximately 620 sqm.

For more information about the Qatar Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, visit qatarexpo2020.qa

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, counted as one of the most important in exposition history. Visit expo2020dubai.com to learn more about the event. 

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