Dubai has opened the signature pavilion of Expo 2020 ahead of its official opening on October 1 after being postponed from last year due to the pandemic.
The organisers are hoping the US$272 million Terra Pavilion will draw 3,000 to 5,000 people a day from now until it closes on April 10.
“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,” said Reem Al Hashimy, Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation.
“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.”
Marjan Faraidooni, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Chief Experience Officer, said Expo 2020 aims to be one of the most sustainable World Expos in history.
Built to be net-zero for both energy and water, the Terra Pavillion features 1,055 photovoltaic panels arranged on a 130-metre-wide roof canopy and atop a series of ‘Energy Trees’.
“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,” said Faraidooni.