Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Yemen pavilion - Hannover Expo 2000 !

Yemen pavilion at EXPO 2000 Hannover

Architect : Dar-Almohandis Mohamed Kassim Alarikey, Sana
Contact Architects  : Anderhalten Veauthier Architekten, Berlin
Lot size : 1 500 m²
Constructed area : 937 m²

The "Samsara", the traditional Yemeni market, is the main permanent attraction of this pavilion.
Irrigation techniques and crop terraces are presented on the ground floor.

The atrium in the center of the building is a natural skylights. Clay models reproduce cities of Sana'a and Shibam. The famous buildings of several floors were built nearly five centuries. The legend says that Sanaa was the first city founded by Noah after the flood.

The "Dam-Alakhoin", a very rare tree, can be admired on the first floor. Terrace with views leads directly to the magnificent wall surrounding the pavilion. This is the heart of everyday life. Small shops are carved into the wall of mud and include a traditional Yemeni market.

Artisans to perform pieces and expose them for sale: silver jewelry and everyday objects in leather. Performances and dances are held in the courtyard.

Yemenis themselves the goal to advance the status of women in their country.
Debates and symposia will be held on this subject during the entire duration of the EXP02000.

It's said to be in this "land of incense," that once crossed the spice caravans and agriculture is now enhanced by cleverly arranged terraces, that Noah was founded Sanaa, the first city ​​after the flood. A clay model of the city is exposed to the impressive buildings in the pavilion.

The pavilion of the state of Yemen comprises two major sections, that of the city wall with its street-market flair and that of the exhibition building. The city wall was built using the traditional construction method of clay and bricks. It comprises a number of small rooms where products, techniques and handicrafts from Yemen are exhibited to visitors. A terraced open-air exhibit offers a view of agricultural structures typical of the country and also provides space for performances. Visitors entering the pavilion are led across the marketplace to the main building. This three-story Samsara is constructed in the style of public buildings in the city of Sanaa und thus represents a number of important aspects of social and cultural life in Yemen. Pictures, models and objects present examples of Yemenite architecture, building methods and planning.

Event during Yemen national day.

Concepts. The building completely encloses a central space that remains open to the sky.
The exhibition is conceived in such a way that visitors are guided through the entire complex. On the third floor, the route leads out to the city wall, where visitors enjoy a view of the whole exhibition from the outside. A special room on the third floor, the socalled Majraj, is available for VIP events. Such rooms traditionally served as meeting places for Yemenite men.

3D model of Yemen pavilion.

Yemen pavilion.... today in Hannover !

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Happy National Day UAE !!!

Celebrating the UAE's 44th National Day...

The United Arab Emirates was formed on December 2, 1971, when the UK's treaty expired and the separate sheikdoms decided to form a Union. At first the UAE was a federation of six emirates- Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Umm Al Quwain, Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman. The emirate of Ras Al Khaimah was added a year later to the UAE. To celebrate the UAE’s 44th National Day, the Government of Dubai has planned a number of activities throughout the week.

Pic courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai.

#إكسبو2020 يبارك لقيادة وشعب الإمارات وكل المقيمين على أرضها الطيبة بمناسبة #اليوم_الوطني44
Posté par Dubai Expo 2020 sur mardi 1 décembre 2015

Friday, November 27, 2015

Dubai confirmed as World Expo Host in 2020 during the 158th General Assembly of the BIE

November 25, 2015

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum
168-member governing body unanimously endorses detailed plans for the mega-event His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum: “Now is the time for us to translate our vision into reality.” ← The 158th General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) in Paris has officially confirmed Dubai as Host City of the next World Exposition. The meeting ratified the Expo 2020 Registration Document, which set out detailed plans for the delivery of the event.

Members of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee led by His Highness Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum travelled to Paris for the historic announcement, which marks the start of the next chapter in Dubai’s journey to 2020 and a new phase of increased activity.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed noted: “For two years we have worked tirelessly to plan and prepare for a truly exceptional World Expo in 2020. Today, the member nations of the BIE have officially endorsed these plans.

Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Board Representative of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and Director General, Bureau Dubai Expo 2020.

He paid tribute to the international support that Dubai has received, saying: “On behalf of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee and the people of the United Arab Emirates, I want to thank the BIE and the International Delegates for the great vote of trust they have bestowed upon our Nation.

His Highness went on to make clear the commitment to all future visitors and participants: “There is no time to rest. Now is the time for us to translate our vision into reality, as we deliver an Expo that will inspire the world to come together and begin to solve some of our most pressing global challenges.

The Expo 2020 Registration Document, which was officially submitted to the BIE for review in July, was the result of comprehensive research and rigorous planning, and provided detailed information about the mega-event, including the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the site Master Plan, participant and visitor engagement strategies, communications and marketing, business operations, sustainability and the post-event legacy.

To mark Dubai’s formal appointment, His Highness Sheikh Ahmed was presented with the official BIE flag by the governing body’s President, His Excellency Mr. Nagy. Also in attendance were His Excellency Mohammed Ibrahim Al Shaibani, Director-General of His Highness the Ruler’s Court of Dubai, CEO of Investment Corporation of Dubai and Vice Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee; Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Director-General of Bureau Dubai Expo 2020; His Highness Sheikh Sultan Bin Tahnoon Al Nahyan, Chairman of ADNEC; His Excellency Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of Dubai Municipality; Major General Khamis Mutar Al Muzainah, Chief Commander of Dubai Police; His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Chairman and Executive Director of the Roads and Transport Authority; His Excellency Helal Saeed Al Marri, Director-General of Dubai Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing and CEO of Dubai World Trade Centre; and His Excellency Khalifa Al Zaffin, Executive Chairman of Dubai Aviation City Corporation. The members of the Higher Committee were joined by a delegation of UAE business people, who have been strong partners of Expo during the journey to becoming Host City. Their presence at the BIE ceremony demonstrated their intent to continue to support the effort to deliver the Expo, now that this major milestone has been passed.

Mr. Loscertales, the BIE Secretary-General, said, “As the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, South Asia and Africa, we look forward to what we believe will be a meaningful moment in history, not only for this young nation and the BIE, but also for the wider region and indeed, the world. Dubai has presented a compelling vision, and detailed plans to ensure its realisation. We will continue to support and work alongside the Expo 2020 team over the next five years as these ideas are turned into reality.

In moving from the planning to delivery phase, activity will increase to include formal engagement with international participants, including nations, corporations, multilateral organisations, NGOs and academic institutions. This next phase will also see the continuation and extension of existing stakeholder initiatives, both domestic and international, including the current series of BusinessConnect workshops, the annual Youth Connect event, and ongoing dialogue with young entrepreneurs, regional SMEs and global thought leaders.

Opening its gates to the world on 20 October 2020, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the most international and inclusive event in World Expo history, welcoming more than 25 million visits and over 200 participants over its six months duration. The vast majority of visitors (some 70%) are expected to come from overseas.

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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Tomorrow... Expo 2020 !!!

One day left! Tomorrow we become official Host City for Expo 2020 – and the next stage of our journey begins.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

Emirates A380 Expo 2020 and Jetman Dubai Formation Flight

Two guys wearing jetpacks fly alongside an Airbus A380

Armed with unguarded ambition and the vision to push boundaries beyond the unthinkable, Jetman Dubai and Emirates A380 take to the skies of Dubai for an exceptional formation flight.

Learn how the Emirates Airbus A380 and Jetman Dubai flew together in a breathtaking formation flight over Dubai to make aviation history, in this exclusive behind the scenes video.

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Expo 2020 Dubai unveils YouthConnect...

Youth to Participate in an “Engaging, Empowering and Entertaining Event”

Dubai, UAE. 5 October 2015: Expo 2020 Dubai unveils YouthConnect, the first in a long-lasting and wide ranging series highly interactive forums designed by youth for youth. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, November 14th 2015.

This first interactive, full-day forum, part of a far wider programme to talk to the younger members of society, is open to all UAE residents (between the ages of 18-25). It will be a genuinely hands-on and immersive experience, providing participants with access to inspirational and keynote speakers chosen from the broadest range of professions; as well as, high achievers and leading organisations from widely different backgrounds. Attendees will be introduced to a host of ‘hands-on’ participatory workshops, engaging exhibits, and areas for in-depth discussions and ‘edutainment’. Subjects covered by this year’s YouthConnect will include Business and Leadership; Start-ups and Entrepreneurship; Science and Engineering; Technology, Coding and Gaming; Arts and Culture; Innovation; Health and Lifestyle; and, of course, Employability.

“From our earliest days conceiving Expo”, says Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 “we were determined to put our youth at the heart of our plans. It is these young men and women who will be representing and leading our nation in the years to come. So it is important that they contribute to these events and decide what they want to see and do on the day.”

YouthConnect has been planned in coordination with people from across the target age group. Furthermore, as their peers sign up for the event, they will be asked to design their own individual experience. Attendees will be able to select how they want to spend their time: joining specific workshops, listening and talking with global thought leaders, taking part in activities all designed to provide guests with a range of hands on experiences that offer the opportunity to understand what working in a specific field might be like. They can dip in and out of events trying as many as possible to get a true and practical flavour of what’s on offer. The event ends with night time activities featuring great food and a range of live entertainment.

“Whilst this first YouthConnect event is sure to be highly enjoyable and interactive, it has a genuinely important purpose too. We know that we need to prepare our young for their professional lives and to ensure they are in the best possible shape to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In this event, as in all of the events to come, we are offering the chance to meet with and learn from others who have succeeded by self-belief and hard work.” said Her Excellency. “As our Expo theme proclaims to the world, we want to Connect Minds and Create the Future, and what better minds to connect with than the young?”

To be a part of YouthConnect, visit or follow updates on the Expo 2020 Dubai Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, #YouthConnect. The annual forum has limited capacity so applicants are encouraged to register swiftly.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Youth Connect... with Expo 2020 Dubai

Are you a striving 18 to 25 year old? Register via 

The greatest treasure of any community is its youth.  

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Ask the world’s leading minds at YouthConnect...

We’re calling the doer in you. Be ready & tune in! 

Pics courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai
Official Facebook Page Expo 2020 Dubai

Friday, October 2, 2015

UAE pavilion... masterpiece at Expo 2015 Milano !!!

Theme ‘Food for Thought – Shaping and Sharing the Future’

The Concept

The UAE Pavilion explores the very real challenges that arise in feeding the planet, particularly in the interwoven topics of land, food, energy and water. It also highlights some of the innovative solutions that the UAE has developed in these areas. Solutions have been arrived at based on a local need but they have a very real global benefit since many parts of the world will be experiencing the same difficulties as the Emirates due to spiralling demand and the effects of climate change. By sharing knowledge and resources, the UAE is truly helping to shape the future.

 Traditional culture and the values that it inspires, the warmth and hospitality of Emiratis, the conviviality of food and a media-rich immersive environment combine to provide an experience that will be fun, emotional, challenging and thought provoking. Our ultimate aim is not only to educate and engage but to inspire commitment to change.

Visitors can also find out about the UAE’s exciting plans to host the next World Expo in 2020, as well as interact with pioneering UAE companies, organisations and thought leaders through a series of permanent exhibitions, seminars and events.

The Design of the Pavilion

Designed by Foster + Partners, the striking form of the UAE Pavilion is created by a series of tall rippled walls. These impressive 12-metre structures evoke both the narrow self-shaded streets of the UAE’s historic settlements and the magnificent open sand dunes of its deserts. 3D scans of dune surfaces have informed the wall design to create an authentic texture. These sinuous, curving shapes guide visitors through a range of intriguing spaces and exciting, informative experiences.

Complementary landscaping based on native UAE species provides a welcoming green backdrop.
Engineered for the naturally cool weather of Milan and the sunny climes of the United Arab Emirates, the pavilion will be dismantled at the end of Expo Milano 2015 and reassembled in the UAE’s low-carbon Masdar City, reflecting the principles embodied in Masdar’s sustainability ethos.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Messages from Expo 2020 Dubai

We wish you & your loved ones Eid Mubarak !

We bet you were born ready…

Together we can make it happen!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

History - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Expo'70 Osaka - Japan

Saudi Arabia is modernizing rapidly, yet the process of modernization was in harmony with the traditions and teachings of the great religion of Islam.

The visitor to Saudi Arabia Pavilion should keep in mind that Islam is not only a religion, a relationship between man and God, but also a way of life, governing and regulating all aspects of human life.

The concept of "progress in harmony" was first presented in architectural design of the pavilion of Saudi Arabia. The Islamic arabesque design was a traditional style in an ultra-modern context.

As for the interior exhibition area, the pavillon of one floor was divided into two sections, the general showroom and religious room.

The general exhibition hall reflected the spirit of progress in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a progress that had taken place in a short time under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Faisal.

The area around the symbol zone, in the general exhibition hall, showing the progress made in the areas of social and physical infrastructure.

The symbol area was "Towards a better use of natural resources." In this section, the great efforts of the Kingdom to fully use its natural resources, the oil industry, petrochemical industry, mining and agricultural industries, were presented in a very attractive and colorful way.

The hallway leading to the dining religion and religion allowed room to familiarize the non-Muslim visitors to the religion of Islam. The universality of Islam, the religion of more than 600 million people worldwide, was presented through the screen of one of the main pillars of Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca.