Attractions Management Issue 3 2021

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EXPO DUBAI LAUNCHES The controversial Expo Dubai has opened its door, with destination pavilions exploring the world’s biggest challenges. Tom Walker finds out more


xpo 2020 Dubai launched on 1 October 2021 – a year later than originally planned, due to disruption caused by the pandemic. The first-ever Expo to be held

in an Arab country, it features around 200 exhibitors in an exhibition ground covering more than 4sq km (1.5sq m) and is part of Dubai’s mission to reinvent its future in a more equitable and sustainable way. Located between the city-states of Dubai and


Abu Dhabi, the masterplan for Expo Dubai 2020 was designed by architects HOK – in partnership The masterplan for the Expo was designed by architects HOK, Populous and Arup

with Populous and Arup – and is organised around a central plaza, entitled Al Wasl. This in turn is enclosed by three large thematic districts, each dedicated to one of the sub-themes of Expo Dubai 2020 – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Attractions Management Library ■ UK Pavilion by Es Devlin

■ UAE Pavilion by Santiago Calatrava

■ Sustainability Pavilion by Grimshaw

■ The Opportunity Pavilion by BIG

■ Masterplanning by HOK, Populous and Arup

■ EXPO sustainability planning

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