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Expo 2020 To Unveil Details Of Its Strategy For A Cleaner, Greener World And Its Centrepiece Sustainability Pavilion
(9 January 2017)

 

Expo 2020 Dubai today revealed plans for a highly visible and active presence between 16-19 January at the forthcoming Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW), which it has identified as the ideal platform to showcase its projects in a core area of its ambitions.

The fifth annual ADSW (12-21 January), also hosting the World Future Energy Summit, will focus on identifying and discussing solutions to the world’s energy and sustainability challenges and makes a ‘natural fit’ with the first world Expo to be held in the region.

Expo 2020 Dubai plans to offer ADSW’s influential audience the opportunity to see for the first time its plans and vision for its Sustainability Pavilion, as well as the wider 4.38 kilometre-squared site in Dubai South, along with other details and content showing how innovation will be central to Expo’s ambition.

An exhibition stand, which will occupy a prominent position at ADSW, will feature various aspects of Expo 2020 Dubai’s efforts to trigger innovative ideas, debate and action around the improved stewardship of the planet.

The Sustainability Pavilion’s design and content will be the centrepiece of the stand, and visitors will be encouraged to give their feedback on their experience.

A panel discussion will take place in the main conference – From Sustainable Design to Sustainability Movements in Communities – which will be held on Wednesday, 18 January (1225-1255).

The list of speakers will include Expo 2020 Dubai’s Vice-President of Legacy Impact and Development, Marjan Faraidooni, its Director of Youth, Alya Al-Ali, and key figures in the design team for the Pavilion.

Expo team members will also be meeting other experts and business owners for their input and insights plus there will be focus events on the USD 100 million Expo Live programme supporting global innovation projects. Expo 2020 Dubai’s Vice-President of Expo Live, Yousuf Caires, will also be attending ADSW and available for briefings.

“Expo 2020 Dubai’s participation in the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week is a natural fit as it’s a strategic international event highlighting the progressive sustainability agenda of the UAE,” said Faraidooni.

She continued: “Expo 2020 Dubai will be explaining its entire vision for a cleaner, greener world including the announcement of the Sustainability Pavilion design.”

Expo 2020 Dubai will also be featuring a special presentation and briefing by Alya Al-Ali, on why the young generation is so important to the planning of the mega-event and what it leaves behind for them in triggering discussion and action for improved future guardianship of the earth and cleaner, more efficient use of its resources.

She will also reveal how youth will influence both the creation, through its input at the planning stage, and legacy of the Sustainability Pavilion as well as other projects central to the mega event.

UK-based Grimshaw Architects won a global competition to design the Sustainability Pavilion, New York design company Thinc was selected to provide the vision and delivery of the theme content and exhibition design, and British engineering company BuroHappold will engineer the structure.

The construction of the Sustainability Pavilion and other installations are on course to be completed at least one year before Expo 2020, which opens to the public on 20 October 2020.

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