Santiago Calatrava’s proposal was selected from 11 concepts that were summitted by 9 of the world's most renowned architectural firms. Each design was evaluated against specific criteria, including how fully the design expressed the main theme of Expo 2020 "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and how well it captured a distinct Emirati feel and a balance between the UAE’s past and future.
The pavilion is expected to cover up to 15,000 square meters and will include numerous exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets and VIP lounges. It will be designed to meet LEED Platinum sustainable building standards.
"I am deeply honoured that our practice has been chosen to design the national pavilion for Dubai Expo 2020, a project of national and global significance. I am confident that the final design will be a symbol of the bold and daring spirit of the UAE, reflected in what is poised to be the most inclusive and global Expo in history." Santiago Calatrava said.
The project will represent the UAE to the 25 million visitors and participants from over 180 nations who are expected to visit the Expo from October 2020 to April 2021.