With less than two months to go until Expo 2020, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has revealed some of the experiences awaiting visitors at its Pavilion.
Saudi Arabia will present an impressive state-of-the-art pavilion at Expo 2020 when the event opens this October. As the second-largest pavilion after the UAE’s Saudi Arabia is inviting visitors to experience the best of its past, present and future. There are four key pillars defining the experience: People, opportunity, nature, and heritage.
A 68 square-metre, curved LED screen will greet visitors as they embark on a technology-enabled journey through five ecosystems that represent The Kingdom’s natural spaces, impressive coastline, vast deserts, surrounding seas, and high mountains. The journey will walk through the flora of Al Bardani Valley in Asir Region to the mighty mountains of Tabuk, and from the dunes of the Empty Quarter in southeastern Saudi to the crystal-clear waters of the Red Sea.
Visitors will get to experience 14 cultural landmarks as they embark on a unique escalator ride. These include acclaimed UNESCO World Heritage Sites such as At-Turaif District in Ad-Diriyah, Hegra Archaeological Site in AlUla, Historic Jeddah, Rock Art in the Hail Region, and Al-Ahsa Oasis.
Through an audiovisual guide, guests can explore 23 other destinations, including world-leading giga-projects which are rewriting the possibilities of sustainable development such as Qiddiya, Diriyah Gate, and King Salman Park.
A one-of-a-kind art exhibition “Vision” will present work by celebrated Saudi artists and will feature a 30-metre 30m floating virtual sphere and a bespoke interactive floor.
The Discovery Center will connect leaders from around the world through an innovative platform, allowing for exciting partnerships to forge as well as discussions on investment opportunities, visualized through an interactive digital map of Saudi Arabia.
The Pavilion itself has been awarded the LEED Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC), the highest internationally recognized sustainability rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It also holds three Guinness World Records: the largest interactive lighting floor with around 8,000 LED lights, the longest interactive water feature at more than 32 meters, and the largest LED interactive digital mirror screen at 1302.5 square meters.
Expo 2020 Dubai begins on 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022.