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Video: This is what Dubai Expo 2020's central plaza will look like

Sarwat Nasir /Dubai
Filed on May 6, 2017 | Last updated on May 6, 2017 at 01.27 pm
Video: This is what Dubai Expo 2020s central plaza will look like
Areal view of the miniature model of Al Wasl Plaza in Expo 2020. Supplied photo

The plaza will be able to accommodate 10,000 people and will be a multipurpose venue.


Iconic structures have been built around the world for international fairs. The Eiffel Tower was built in Paris, the Crystal Palace in London and the Space Needle in Seattle. And now Dubai has announced the Wasl Plaza for the World Expo 2020 site.

The plaza will be a unique space at the centre of the 4.38-square kilometre site. It will be a translucent dome and is going to be the central hub of the expo 2020 structure. The expo 2020 team has described it as a "legacy" that will stay forever.

Video: This is what Dubai Expo 2020's central plaza will look like (KT1127243.JPG)Areal view of the miniature model of Al Wasl Plaza in Expo 2020. Photo by Shihab

As the dome is translucent, Al Wasl Plaza will be able to project massive images. The projections will be visible to those inside and outside the plaza. It can accommodate 10,000 people and will boast restaurants, fountains and parks.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Al Wasl Plaza, the central hub of <a href="https://twitter.com/expo2020dubai">@expo2020dubai</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Dubai?src=hash">#Dubai</a> <a href="https://t.co/JIOskM5dai">pic.twitter.com/JIOskM5dai</a></p>&mdash; Dubai Media Office (@DXBMediaOffice) <a href="https://twitter.com/DXBMediaOffice/status/860751120561569792">May 6, 2017</a></blockquote>
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Ahmed Al Khatib, vice-president of real estate, expo 2020, said: "Everyone knows why the Wasl name is so important. It is a historical name of Dubai and means connection. Therefore, Al Wasl Plaza will have a strategic location within the expo site. It will be the centre hub.

Video: This is what Dubai Expo 2020's central plaza will look like (KT1127343.JPG)Inside view of the miniature model of Al Wasl Plaza in Expo 2020. Photo by Shihab

"It will be the main area of receiving all of the visitors. The UAE pavilion will be overlooking the plaza. We wanted to make the plaza a structure that will be able to reflect the logo of the expo and the culture of the UAE. It will be a translucent dome and will be able to reduce heat and provide comfort for the visitors inside. It will give a 360-degree view from the inside."

The expo team is ensuring that the sustainability theme is followed through completely. They will be collecting rainwater and water from the country's humidity to help the garden grow. "We want the plaza to be full of landscapes and water. We will be collecting rainwater and the water from the humidity and reusing that water. We are reusing the water from the sewers, and water that runs underground," he said.

Al Khatib also pointed out that the plaza, which is 150 metres in diameter, can be used for different kinds of events after the expo, including to celebrate UAE National Day.

In a video to illustrate the different kind of projections the dome will show, a 360-degree view of the UAE national flag, falcons and the World Expo 2020 logo was displayed around the dome.

He said there is a team dedicated to working to ensure the sustainability of the plaza and how it can be used after the expo.

Work is due to start on Al Wasl Plaza in the coming months and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

The expo site will include a 75-year-old goaf tree, an Opportunity District, Mobility District, Thematic District, Sustainability District and the Expo Village.

Al Wasl Plaza will reflect UAE culture

> Wasl Plaza will be a translucent dome and is going to be the central hub of the expo 2020 structure

> As the dome is translucent, Al Wasl will be able to project massive images

> Al Wasl is the historical name of Dubai and means connection

> It will reflect the logo of the expo and the culture of the UAE

> The plaza will be full of landscapes and water

sarwat@khaleejtimes.com





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