As first impressions go, it’s pretty dramatic! The centrepiece of Expo 2020 has been revealed and look how breathtaking it’s going to be.
Al Wasl Plaza will be at the centre of the 4.38 square kilometre site that opens in October 2020 and blends innovative technology with a fat dollop of “wow” factor.
Its 150-metre base will be topped with a 65-metre trellis-covered dome in the shape of the Expo 2020 logo. Doubling up as a huge projector screen, it’s bound to draw the eyes of millions of people visiting Expo 2020 Dubai from around the world.
Oh, and the dome will be translucent, so whatever is projected on to it can be seen by people inside and out. Climate control will calibrate the temperature under the trellis, to make sure it’s comfortable for guests while they’re enjoying the show.
Dotted around the plaza – whose name means “connection” in Arabic – will be restaurants, fountains and parks, which are set to be finished in October 2019.
As its name suggests, Al Wasl Plaza will connect three themed districts, named Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility. It will also link to other main concourses, including the Dubai Metro and the UAE Pavilion, through its seven entrances and exits.
Who’s behind the project? Only the world-renowned Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, and Adrian Smith was on the team that designed Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
The Plaza is the last major design feature to be confirmed for the first World Expo to be held in the region.
Once the landmark event finishes in 2021, buildings around the site will be converted into hotels and offices, with the space used for a events like National Day celebrations.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said: “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.”
Work is due to start in the next few months and we’ll share updates with you along the way.