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The National Media Council, the government entity responsible for building and operating the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, has announced that Arabtec Construction, a wholly owned subsidiary of Arabtec Holding, has been awarded the main contract to build the national pavilion.

Arabtec Construction squared off against three local and international companies in the final round with nine companies bidding initially.

World-renowned Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava has been chosen to design the pavilion, following a global design competition that saw nine of the top international architectural firms submit 11 designs centred on the concept of sustainability.

The design submissions were evaluated based on specific criteria including the extent to which they were successful in representing the main theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, ‘Connect Minds, Creating the Future’, and their ability to reflect the UAE's heritage while achieving a balance between the nation’s past and future. Calatrava’s winning design draws inspiration from a falcon in flight.

The UAE pavilion will be one of the most important landmarks at the Expo 2020 Dubai, reflecting the authenticity and heritage of the UAE, its achievements in various sectors, as well as the nation’s values of openness, communication and tolerance, which are in line with the main theme of the exhibition.

The UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is strategically located opposite Al Wasl Plaza in the centre of the 4.38 square kilometre exhibition area. It will have several world-class features that offer guests and visitors a memorable and unique experience, as well as special showroom zones and VIP areas.

The pavilion is set on an area of 15,000 sq. metres with a total built-up area of 19,200 sq. metres. Construction will commence this month with completion scheduled for the end of 2019.