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Arabic meets Japanese design at Expo 2020 pavilion

16 Oct 2019
During the six months from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 expects to host 25 million visits. (Supplied)
During the six months from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 expects to host 25 million visits. (Supplied)
During the six months from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 expects to host 25 million visits. (Supplied)
During the six months from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 expects to host 25 million visits. (Supplied)
Updated 19 Oct 2019
16 Oct 2019

Staff Writer

The Japanese pavilion scheduled to open at the Dubai Expo 2020 site next year will have a facade design combining traditional Arabesque and Asanoha patterns.

The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO), Dubai, said that the patterns represent a long history of connections and culture exchange between Japan and the Middle East and reflect the ancient trade network of the Silk Road.

It will showcase the three-dimensional expression of origami shapes, which symbolize the respect shown to others through the Japanese art of “origata” gift wrapping.

During the six months from Oct. 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 expects to host 25 million visits. About 70 percent of these visitors are expected to come from outside the UAE — the largest proportion of international visitors in Expo history.

JETRO officials said several features define the pavilion. A soft thin-layer material, inspired by Japanese traditional paper, will be used in the three-dimensional facade protecting the pavilion from the sunlight.

A natural cooling system will be employed incorporating traditional Arabic and Japanese techniques. A large expanse of water in front of the pavilion will keep the area cool and reflect the three-dimensional facade.

JETRO said that it will use sustainable architecture employing environmentally-friendly system equipment.

To be built at a total construction budget of AED 59 million, the pavilion will occupy an area of 5161.80 square meters. The Expo site covers a total of 4.38 square kilometers, including a 2 square kilometer gated area.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

“We are delighted with the concept and design of the Japanese pavilion and are certain it will add value to the prestige and legacy that global Expos represent,” said Tomiyasu Nakamura, the commissioner-general of the Japanese Section, Expo 2020 Dubai.

According to Nakamura, “by encouraging and inspiring the next generation to take the initiative in the development of future solutions, the Japan pavilion will exist as a centripetal force to connect and communicate the vision of our potential in leading a future society based on the spirit, techniques, culture, and elements unique to Japan.”

Tetsuya Azuma, vice commissioner general of the Japanese Section, Expo2020, said Expo 2020 Dubai represented an enormous opportunity for global exhibitors such as Japan to showcase its social, cultural and economic initiatives to the global community.

“Through the unveiling of Japan’s Expo 2020 stand, we will be able to leverage the pavilion’s unique presence as a launchpad to develop and promote future relations and inbound tourism,” Azuma said.

Under the concept of Join, visitors of numerous nationalities, ages, preferences, and tastes will experience Japanese hospitality first-hand and gather under one roof to unite in the spirit of Omotenashi, or uniquely Japanese approach to hospitality.

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