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Emirates offers sneak peek inside its Expo 2020 pavilion

Staff Report/Dubai
Filed on November 18, 2019

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Holographic aircraft, personalised aviation journeys, futuristic fuselages, and exciting interactive experiences await visitors at the Emirates pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, officials revealed.

Emirates has been working with academics and its industry partners in aviation and aerospace, to create and carefully curate informative and thought-provoking experiences on the future of aviation for all Expo 2020 Dubai visitors. Emirates begun construction of its pavilion earlier this year. With the foundations completed, the airline is currently finalising the building's steel structure.

"The Emirates Expo 2020 Pavilion offers a preview for the future of commercial aviation in 2071, exploring the outer boundaries of science and technology as we look forward to the next 50 years of air travel. The concepts we're showcasing aim to inspire and inform visitors of the many revolutionary and sustainability-driven breakthroughs that the commercial aviation industry has achieved and continues to develop. The interactive experiences will allow visitors to experiment with advanced airframes, propulsion systems, futuristic fuselages, and ultramodern composite materials. Much like Expo 2020 Dubai itself, Emirates Pavilion visitors will leave with a sense that the spirit of creativity, innovation and technological progress will help us leap into a better future," said Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, president of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, president of Emirates Airline and chief executive of the Emirates Group.

Visitors at the pavilion begin their personalised journey by collecting a 'seed' - a tactile sphere to unlock all of the experiences at the Emirates Pavilion. As they move through the site, visitors will interact with various installations covering different aspects of future aviation. These interactions will be captured on the 'seed' and stored for playback in the final experience to ensure that each visitor experience is unique. Animations using holographic models of futuristic aircraft will bring to life aeronautical science and explain how aircraft achieve flight by visualising the physical properties of lift, thrust, gravity and drag. Visitors will be able to interact with the scientific narrative to demonstrate how the combination of low air pressure and wing shape creates lift, which when fused with the other elements enables flight.

Visitors will also step into the laboratory of the future to test technologies and loop through a series of experiments carried out by robotic arms. They will get to deep dive into experiments with composite materials, 4D printing, biomimetics, generative design and self-healing materials.

As the personalised experience continues, visitors will be invited to put their knowledge into practice to design and fly their own futuristic aircraft. Through an ultra-haptic interface, visitors will build their aircraft and run it through a flight simulator. Large holographic screens will provide instant feedback on their design decisions throughout the process. Visitors will get to design their aircraft based on range, type of engine, wings, and livery, so they can finally take it on a 'test flight' which will test its sustainability, speed, range and passenger comfort.

Emirates will also visualise the airport of the future for visitors to learn how biometrics, data analytics and smart technologies will transform the passenger experience on the ground. Frictionless customs and security systems, innovation in baggage handling, and electric powered transportation and smart waste management systems will all be explored in detail.

As each visitor returns their seeds for uploading, the full Emirates Pavilion experience will culminate in a 360° multi-sensory film which combines dynamic storytelling and stunning 3D motions graphics with visitor information that is captured during the tour to deliver a personalised and memorable end to the journey.

- rohma@khaleejtimes.com


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