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The Singapore Pavilion is certainly a conversation starter. A botanical masterpiece, the pavilion’s slogan reads: “It is hard to tell where nature begins and architecture ends.” The building, designed by Singapore-based architecture firm Woha, is covered, inside and out, in a net-zero energy rainforest powered by a self-sustaining ecosystem.
Inside, there is a canopy walk, that takes you through the space flanked by forest trees, capped with a spectacular Hanging Garden. Visitors can stroll across an undulating landscape and nine-metre tall Garden Cones, a testament to Singapore’s reputation as a City in a Garden.
The fascinating past of Ancient Egypt is the central focus of the country’s Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion. Decorated with hieroglyphics, the formal writing system used in Ancient Egypt, inside the fascinating look back at history continues, with a museum-quality exhibit featuring three original pharaoh statues as well as reproductions of King Tutankhamun’s treasures.
Egypt Pavilion is located in the Opportunity District; open daily from 10am-10pm
Designed by architects at Amann-Canovas-Maruri, the colourful Spanish pavilion looks like a cluster of tents from the outside. The striking architecture serves as a metaphor for the cultural links between Spain and the Arab world. Inside, you can dine on tapas and see Dynamo, an interactive art piece by Daniel Canogar located in The Atrium.
Spain Pavilion is located in the Sustainability District; open daily from 10am-10pm; expospain2020.com/en
Saudi Arabia Pavilion
The spectacle of the Saudi Arabia Pavilion is clearly visible from the outside. As you queue to enter, you’ll notice plenty of people looking up and taking selfies in the mirrored base of the angular building, which is lit up with Arabic calligraphy after dark. As you step into the basement of the pavilion, you can chance your luck with a rain simulator. However, the fun really starts on the escalator up, which takes you through a tunnel of replicas, built to resemble Saudi Arabia’s most famous structures.
At a giant 13,059 square metres, the pavilion is the second largest at Expo 2020 Dubai. The building also boasts a globe-shaped screen that shows a reel of footage, highlighting the vast variety of scenery in the kingdom.
Saudi Arabia Pavilion is located in the Opportunity District; open daily from 10am-10pm; ksaexpo2020.sa