Expo 2020 Dubai unveiled on Monday the last major design in Al Wasl Plaza - an open space that combines breathtaking design, innovative technology and an intricate domed trellis incorporating a huge immersive projection experience. The plaza will be a unique space at the centre of the 4.38 square kilometre site that will make a dramatic impression on the millions of people visiting Expo 2020 Dubai from around the world.
Al Wasl Plaza will be developed alongside the other locations, such as the themed pavilions, at the site, which is on track for the scheduled date of October 2019 for all heavy construction work to be finished. Al Wasl, which is 150 metres in diameter, was designed not only to impress people but also as a central hub during Expo and beyond, bringing people of all backgrounds together to ‘Connect Minds’, a key ambition of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
It will connect the three thematic districts – Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility - as well as the other main concourses, including the Dubai Metro link and the UAE Pavilion, through its seven entrances and exits.
"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, Design Partner at Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.
The plaza will be home to events throughout Expo 2020 Dubai, while after the Expo finishes in 2021, it will also play a central role – literally and metaphorically – in its legacy.
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