Emirates Pavilion at Expo 2020 flies into the future of commercial aviation

Emirates airline is pulling out all the stops to delight virtual and physical visitors of Expo 2020 Dubai from October 1, 2021-March 31, 2022.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first Word Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region and promotes three themes of mobility, opportunity and sustainability.

As a premier partner and the official airline of the six-month long event, Emirates will have a pavilion at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai South district.

Pavilion details

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Emirates Airline & Group, said: “We are incredibly proud to unveil details of the Emirates Pavilion.

“The aim for our pavilion is very much in line with that of Expo 2020 Dubai, to stimulate connections, create experiences and foster creativity and innovation, inspiring a commitment for a better future.”

26 slanted architectural fins cover the entire facade of the Emirates Pavilion. Credit: Emirates


With the theme of ‘Seeding the Future of Commercial Aviation’, the Emirates Pavilion will narrate what commercial aviation might look like in the future.

It will highlight a perceived future of commercial aviation through topics that include the science of flight, advancements in engine technologies, new aerospace materials that increase performance and reduce fuel consumption, innovative fuselage interiors focused on elevating passenger comfort and well-being, and the future of the passenger experience at airports.

3,300sqm pavilion

Located near the UAE Pavilion and within walking distance of the Al Wasl Pavilion, the epicentre of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, the 3,300sqm Emirates Pavilion is designed to reflect the dynamic lines of commercial aircraft wings entering flight mode from a runway setting.

Construction of the pavilion began in March 2019.

The 26 slanted architectural fins that cover the entire facade of the pavilion will feature LED lights to create multi-sensory effects and movement across the structure, and resulting in unique nightly light shows during the whole Expo period.

The three-level pavilion also features integrated solar arrays, responsive solar shading and a verdant landscape.

Natural daylight will filter into the three-level interior space of the pavilion. Credit: Emirates


The Dubai-headquartered carrier has worked with aviation and aerospace partners and academics, to create and curate informative and thought-provoking experiences on the future of commercial aviation for its pavilion visitors.

The pavilion will allow visitors to experiment with and engage with future air travel technologies and innovations, in an interactive and fun way.

The Emirates Pavilion has the capacity to accommodate more than 56,000 visitors per month during the Expo period.

The pavilion allows natural daylight to enter its interior space, thereby reducing energy consumption.

Experiential content is to take centre stage on the first level.

The second level houses an auditorium for speaker sessions and industry events, and the third level houses a sky garden.

Pavilion visitors will be able to explore a biometric end-to-end passenger processing system. Credit: Emirates


Using the basic principles of aerodynamics and the four forces of flight, pavilion visitors will be able to understand the science behind flight, and learn about the basic principles of aviation.

Aerospace advancements

With aerospace design constantly trying to find ways to push flight to the limits, visitors will also explore how fast different technological developments will hit the runways.

Will the future of engines be electric?

This is one of the questions that will be addressed as visitors learn about the advances being made in engine propulsion and thrust for next generation aircraft as well as cutting-edge propulsion systems that increase thrust and while burning less fuel to reduce emissions.

The pavilion’s fuselage of tomorrow experience will examine the future of aircraft cabin interiors. Credit: Emirates


The pavilion’s future lab will explore innovative metallic and composite materials that are being developed, improved and adopted to offer better flying performance.

The pavilion’s fuselage of tomorrow experience will help visitors dive into the phenomenal transformation happening in the world of cabin interiors.

Whether its advancements in technology, materials or special design, the future of aircraft cabin design will take comfort and passenger well-being to another level, and redefine how we experience flying.

Visitors to the Emirates Pavilion will learn about the advances being made in engine propulsion. Credit: Emirates


As part of the pavilion’s future technologies at airports offering visitors will be able to explore a biometric end-to-end passenger processing system, which not only uses iris recognition, but also examines the emergence of wearable technologies, as well as multiple biometrics and human recognition systems such as brain scanning and voice biometrics.

Pavilion visitors will also be challenged to create and configure their ideal aircraft of the future by combining selected technologies and personal preferences for choices of wing, fuselage, engine, and other elements to help them define their own commercial aviation experience.

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