Welcoming visitors from around the globe, His
Excellency Sultan bin Rashid Al Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of
Commerce and Industry, inaugurated the Qatar Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on
October 1st. The opening was attended by General
Commissioners from GCC participating countries as well as a number of dignitaries,
officials and partners.
Following the inauguration, His Excellency
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 the National Vision 2030, and spotlights Qatar as the
upcoming host of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. He also visited the pavilions of
participating GCC countries, where each country’s most prominent achievements
The Qatar Pavilion was designed by
internationally-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, that are at
the core of the national emblem of the state of Qatar.
Santiago Calatrava said: “We
are honoured to have been chosen for the design of the Qatar Pavilion at Expo
2020. Our relationship with the State of Qatar and its people lies very close
to our heart. The Qatar Pavilion’s design draws inspiration from the four
elements represented on the Coat of Arms of Qatar and pays tribute to the
nation’s cultural heritage.”
The coinciding pair of buildings of the Qatar
Pavilion consist 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.
Utilizing 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 subthemes of EXPO 2020 in Opportunity, Mobility, and
Sustainability, these key concepts were derived from the United Nation’s 17
Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which are an urgent call for action by all
countries in a global partnership. These include: heritage, geography and
culture; art, science and technology via creative stimuli; communication,
transportation and exploration; environment, urban development, biodiversity,
and natural resources; governance and investment in human capital; education,
youth employment, and community welfare; industrial transformations, pioneering
change and green economy initiatives; innovation and development.
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 6 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.
Located within the sustainability district at
EXPO 2020, the Qatar Pavilion is adjacent to the Southwest concourse of the
Sustainability Pavilion and has a plot area of approximately 960m2 and a total
built up area (BUA) of approximately 620m2.
**To find out more information, visit: https://www.visitqatar.qa/