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The UAE breaks ground on iconic pavilion at Expo 2020

Dubai: The UAE has broken ground on its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, with Shaikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, laying the foundation at a ceremony on Sunday.

The event also included the signing of the official agreement for the UAE’s participation in the Expo, which was signed by Sultan Ahmad Al Jaber, Minister of State and chairman of the National Media Council (NMC), and Reem Ebrahim Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation and director-general of the Expo 2020 Office.

 Arabtec Construction is building the pavilion. The company won the contract after competing against national and international companies. Arabtec has already delivered mega-projects throughout the UAE, including the Louvre Abu Dhabi, and the expansion of Abu Dhabi International Airport.

Shaikh Ahmad said in a statement: “The UAE Pavilion will undoubtedly be one of the most prominent attractions of Expo 2020, drawing in many millions to witness its futuristic design.”

He added: “It will be a wonderful opportunity to share our Emirati culture and achievements while showcasing our ambitious vision for the future. The Pavilion will be an architectural marvel that all seven Emirates can rightly take pride in, both now at the ground-breaking stage, during Expo, and in legacy when it will become a lasting icon of our nation.”

The UAE Pavilion is designed in the shape of a flying falcon, symbolising the country’s leadership and pride. The design’s components reflect the values of openness, communication and tolerance, aligning with the main theme of the exhibition, which calls for cooperation with the international community to improve quality of life through sustainable development.

For his part, Al Jaber stated: “The UAE Pavilion is a prominent landmark at the Expo 2020 Dubai; it represents the host country and will be the main attraction for millions of visitors from all around the world.”

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