The design and visitor experience of the Emirates Pavilion uses interactive technologies and design thinking that focuses on the future of commercial aviation.
The architecture of the pavilion
The Emirates Pavilion was designed to reflect the dynamic lines of the wings of an aircraft ready to take flight. The 26 sloping architectural wings that cover the entire pavilion contain over 800 metres of LED lights to create multi-sensory effects and movement throughout the structure, enhanced by light shows during each night of the Expo. The latest manufacturing technologies, construction techniques and sustainable design elements have been used, such as integrated solar panels, off-site sustainable construction, reactive solar shading and a green landscape inside and outside the Emirates pavilion.
The three-storey, 3,300 square metre multi-functional structure, the Emirates Pavilion has the capacity to accommodate over 56,000 visitors per month for the duration of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Inside the pavilion
The Emirates Pavilion offers a glimpse into the evolving world of commercial aviation and helps fuel the debate on the power of mobility and its advancements, both in the air and on the ground, which ultimately enable physical connectivity for people and products to move around the world in a modern, efficient and environmentally sustainable way.
The interior of the Emirates pavilion features an enclosed floor plan that allows natural light to penetrate the space, reducing energy consumption. Experiential content takes centre stage, encouraging interaction throughout the visit. The second floor of the Emirates Pavilion houses an auditorium for conference sessions and industry events, and the third floor houses a hanging garden for visitors to enjoy the natural surroundings and green, open spaces.
Visitor experience, the different themes.
The Emirates Pavilion helps tell the story of commercial aviation in the future, through topics such as the science of flight, advances in engine technology, new aerospace materials that increase performance and reduce fuel consumption, innovative fuselage interiors focused on improving passenger comfort and well-being, and the future of the passenger experience at airports.
Using the basic principles of aerodynamics and the four forces of flight (lift, drag, weight, thrust), visitors can understand the science behind flight and discover the fundamentals of aviation. As aerospace design constantly seeks to push the limits of flight, visitors can also explore how quickly different technological developments will hit the runways.
Is the future of engines electric? This is one of the questions that is addressed as visitors learn about advances in engine propulsion and thrust for next generation aircraft, as well as advanced propulsion systems that increase thrust while burning less to reduce emissions.
The Future Lab explores innovative metallic and composite materials that are being developed, improved and adopted to deliver improved flight performance. Research will focus on material characteristics such as weight reduction, increased strength, improved corrosion resistance and improved fuel economy, to explore how these materials could "become the building blocks of tomorrow's aircraft"
The Fuselage of Tomorrow introduces visitors to advances in cabin interiors, including ergonomics, seating arrangements, 'immersive' on-board experiences and 'smart interfaces', windowless fuselages and 'smart seat' technology.
Even before passengers board, future airport technologies are transforming our ground travel experience. Visitors to the Emirates pavilion can explore a biometric passenger tracking system, which not only uses iris recognition, but also examines the emergence of wearable technologies, as well as multiple biometric and human recognition systems, such as brain scanners and voice biometrics.
Finally, visitors are challenged to create and configure their ideal aircraft of the future, combining selected technologies with their personal preferences for wing, fuselage, engine and other elements to help them define their own experience.