Sustainability, mobility and opportunity are some of the values that each one of the countries' pavilions will support along their unique themes
Centre Of The Site
Four storeys high and a total of 15,000 square metres, the UAE pavilion will live in the heart of the Expo site. Designed in the shape of a falcon in flight, it will tell the story and history of our nation as a connected global hub, as well as put forward the vision of our leaders to create a peaceful, progressive society with one foot firmly in the future.
The striking juxtaposition of old and new in the Moroccan pavilion speaks to its theme of ‘A Kingdom of Inspiration’. Celebrating a land rich with talent, the pavilion’s M.O. is to seize opportunities in its rapidly changing, innovative landscape. Experience it all through a ramp that resembles the streets of Moroccan medinas, in a building whose construction has been inspired by ancestral methods using earth. Our top insider’s tip? One of the best views of the entire Expo site can be found from atop this vertical village.
A continuously changing poem marks the exterior of the UK’s pavilion, generated by A.I. and visitors’ contributions. The building is inspired by a project from late scientist, Stephen Hawking in which he asked how humanity could express itself to aliens.
‘Every Good Idea Begins With The Right Question.’ It’s a strong theme from Austria, whose pavilion will host an innovation lab within a structure that has used 9,000-year-old soil to build 47 truncated cones, through which the building will be ventilated. Expect exhibitions, workshops and installations as well as a Viennese coffee house and a shaded courtyard offering a relaxation spot for respite if so needed.
The Saudi Arabian pavilion is about as impressive as expected, a 13,000 square metre space – or the size of two football pitches to be more specific – and designed to resemble a huge window opening up from the ground and soaring into the sky. The theme? The sky’s the limit, obviously. Experience the kingdom’s rich history and transformation as it looks ahead to a glittering future underpinned by its people.
Aside from its restaurant showcasing Czech cuisine, we’re excited to visit the centrepiece of this pavilion, creating fertile land in the barren conditions of the desert by extracting water vapour from the air. Using only solar energy, it’s said that this has enormous potential, and is a feat we can thank Czech innovation for. New technology transforming a desert into an oasis – that, we really can’t wait to see.
Designed to resemble a coral reef – ‘Bangkóta’ in Filipino – this pavilion is a physical representation of how this culture embraces openness, meaningful encounters and is connected around the world by travel, migration and technology. This promises an authentic Filipino architcture, art and design experience.
The powers that be describe the Singapore pavilion as ‘hard to tell where nature begins and architecture ends.’ With a theme of ‘Nature. Nurture. Future’ the space is a living ode to sustainability through an immersive, 3D greenery experience that is a net-zero energy rainforest powered by a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Paying tribute to the precious resin of frankincense – Oman’s ‘gift to the world’, this pavilion even resembles the tree that produces it. Inside you will find five rooms laying out the diverse ways frankincense has benefitted the country – from medicine to food and even cosmetics