The Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere launched on Saturday. WAM
Inayat-ur-Rahman, Business Deputy Editor
The Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere launched on Saturday and will offer visitors an opportunity to be among the first to experience Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, when it opens to the public from Friday (Jan.22) until April 10, 2021.
The Pavilions Premiere is a limited-time opportunity for visitors to preview Expo 2020’s Thematic Pavilions and will provide a glimpse of what is to come when Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region – welcomes the world from Oct.1 2021 to March 31, 2022.
Journalists visit the Sustainability Pavilion during a media tour at the Dubai Expo 2020. AFP
Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, will open to the public from Jan.22, while Alif – The Mobility Pavilion and Mission Possible. The Opportunity Pavilion will follow later in the first quarter of 2021. Pavilions Premiere bookings can be made from 16 January at https://expo2020dubai.com/en/pavilions-premiere with each visit costing Dhs25. Visitors are urged to book early as the experience will operate five days per week with limited operating hours and capacity restrictions due to enhanced health and safety measures.
Reem Al Hashimy, Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation said: “We are delighted to start 2021 on such a positive note as we welcome the UAE community to be the first to experience Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion at a moment in our history that is unparalleled in terms of its impact on humanity.
Reem Al Hashimi leaves the stage after her speech during a media tour to visit Terra. AP
“This period of rapid, unprecedented change has brought with it a pressing need to rethink the way we exist, and is further accelerated by a global health crisis that has touched each and every individual on Earth. While 2020 may be remembered as a year that changed us forever, it has also given us a tremendous opportunity to come together as a global society and find answers to our most pressing challenges.
People view the Sustainability Pavilion. AFP
This remains the focal purpose of Expo 2020 Dubai and the vision of the UAE’s leadership, while our Thematic Pavilions – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – rally the call for collective action to tackle these challenges in order to create a better future for all humanity.”
Visitors in January will be able to explore Terra and enjoy the unique surrounding public spaces which include a children’s playground, gift shop, dining and more. Terra (which means ‘Planet Earth’) will offer an immersive journey through the wonders of the natural world, including an interactive walk through the roots of the forest, where every footstep affects the "wood-wide-web."
Uncovering the hidden harmful impacts of our choices, the emotive experience is designed to encourage visitors of all ages, and the younger generation in particular, to consider how their behaviour impacts the environment and break the cycle of consumerism, empowering them to become agents of change.
An Emirati photographs the official sign marking the Dubai Expo 2020 near the Sustainability Pavilion. AFP
A playful, exploratory experience, Terra will remain in legacy as a Science Centre that will inspire sustainable choices for generations to come.
Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Experience Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai said: “Expo 2020 aims to be one of the most sustainable World Expos in history and supports the UAE’s efforts as a champion of green development, so it is fitting that our first visitors will enjoy a preview of the Sustainability Pavilion – an interactive and personal experience that will highlight the urgency of addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges.
“Showcasing the opportunities that unite us and how we can work together to create positive change, Expo 2020 will empower visitors of all nationalities, ages and interests to make more sustainable choices in their own lives.”
A Journalist visits Terra during a media tour at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai. AP
The iconic pavilion, designed by the world-renowned Grimshaw Architects, sets an example for sustainable building design. Built to be net-zero for both energy and water, it features 1,055 photovoltaic panels arranged on a 130-metre-wide roof canopy and atop a series of "Energy Trees."
The pavilion also uses cutting-edge water-reduction strategies, water recycling and alternative water sources.
To manage capacity and provide an optimal experience, all visitors are required to make a timed-entry reservation in advance online. Walk-in tickets will not be available. The experience will be open from 1500-2100 on Tuesdays to Thursdays, and 1600-2200 on Fridays and Saturdays, starting on Jan.22 and closing on 10 April 2021. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit https://expo2020dubai.com/en/pavilions-premiere.
The pavilion is located in the 'Opportunity District' and has a total covered area of 35,000 Sqft. The inner journey of the Pavilion is set under the theme ‘Pakistan: The Hidden Treasure’ with an aim to enhance tourism, commerce and investment in Pakistan.
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