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Revealed: Expo 2020 Dubai central hub design

Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for Expo 2020, will have a capacity of 10,000 people

  • A replica of the Al Wasl Plaza, an open space with an intricate dome trellisImage Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venueImage Credit: Supplied
  • Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of Real Estate at Expo 2020 Dubai addressing the mediaImage Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • An artists’ impression of the 150-metre wide, 69-metre tall Al Wasl Plaza, a domed space which will function Image Credit: Supplied
  • An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venueImage Credit: Supplied
  • Work in progress at the Expo 2020 siteImage Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venueImage Credit: Supplied
  • An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venueImage Credit: Supplied
  • An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venueImage Credit: Supplied
  • Work in progress at the Expo 2020 Dubai siteImage Credit: Virendra Saklani/Gulf News
  • Excavation of storm water system in progress at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.Image Credit: Andrew M Staples/Gulf News
  • Metro pylons on the Expo 2020 Dubai site.Image Credit: Andrew M Staples/Gulf News
  • Journalists view ongoing works during the first media tour of the Expo 2020 Dubai site.Image Credit: Andrew M Staples/Gulf News
  • The future mega terminal of the Metro Station at the Dubai Expo 2020 site will be built here.Image Credit: Virendra Saklani / Gulf News

Dubai: A heat-reducing translucent 360-degree projection dome to help naturally cool the main plaza will be among the futuristic features of the under-construction central hub of the Dubai Expo 2020 venue, a senior official has revealed on Monday.

Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of Real Estate at Expo 2020 Dubai, has unveiled the design for Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 site, with a capacity of 10,000 people.

Besides the translucent 360-degree projection dome, and harnesses "passive cooling", it will also have generous display videos.

The plaza, designed by Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, will have passive cooling supplemented by active district cooling when necessary.

Al Khatib declined to give an estimated cost for the 150m-diametre plaza, saying that information would be released after the tendering process was complete and contractor selected.

Passive cooling

Passive cooling will use natural breezes, combined with heat-reflecting materials and paints on the 130m-diametre dome covering the hub.

Al Wasl (Arabic for connection) Plaza will be the central hub linking Expo 2020's three thematic hubs, covering mobility, sustainability and opportunity.

An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venue

The trellis-like dome is designed to replicate Expo 2020 Dubai's logo from above.

As with other buildings on site, it has been designed to be useful after the end of Expo 2020. Al Khatib suggested it could be used for key events such as National Day celebrations.

An artists’ impression of the Al Wasl Plaza, a central hub for the Expo 2020 venue

Expo 2020 will have two road links and a Metro line, currently under construction, linking it to Al Maktoum Airport.

The Expo site will not only recycle grey water for irrigation, but will harvest water from humidity.

Al Khatib said the moisture extraction would certainly be used for irrigation, but Expo 2020 Dubai was also investigating how the extracted water could be treated to provide drinking water.

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