5 apr 17 | Forbes Middle East

A New Breathtaking Hall Is In The Making For Expo 2020 Dubai

By Amro Elserty

Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai are in for an architectural surprise, which will be the epicenter of the 4.38 kilometer site.

Organizers revealed the design of Al Wasl Plaza, with construction scheduled to begin within the coming months. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. It will connect all main locations hosting the Expo with the U.A.E. Pavilion.

“Memorable moments are framed by memorable spaces. Al Wasl Plaza will be an inspirational location, exemplifying local culture and family values while also looking to the future,” said Reem Al Hashimy, U.A.E. Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.

The 150-meter-diameter hall was designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture. Smith worked previously on the design of Burj Khalifa.

The hall has a translucent trellis dome that will serve as an immersive 360-degree projection surface, that people can view inside and outside the hall. The Plaza can host events for up to 10,000 people.

“We are creating a space that will be an architectural landmark not just for the six months of Expo but long into the future. We want Al Wasl Plaza, with its cutting-edge design, to inspire not just our generation but many generations to come,” said Gordon Gill.