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Sameem - Story of Our Culture - Expo 2020 Dubai

Sameem - Story of Our Culture at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Katarina Premfors/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : AGi Architects
Sameem - Story of Our Culture at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Katarina Premfors/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : AGi Architects
Sameem - Story of Our Culture at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Katarina Premfors/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : AGi Architects
Sameem - Story of Our Culture at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Katarina Premfors/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : AGi Architects
Sameem - Story of Our Culture at the Exhibition Expo 2020 Dubai
© Katarina Premfors/Expo 2020 Dubai
Architect(s) : AGi Architects

At the Sameem Open Air Pavilion, explore the UAE's distinct environments: visitors can experience the essence of the three different cultures that have been present in the Emirates for millennia in their coastal, mountain and desert settlements.

Chat with a potter or henna artist, then watch a boat builder construct a dhow. See how the date palm has sheltered and fed generations of Emiratis, then learn how scientists are now studying its potential to be planted on Mars. Through Sameem, you'll see how, in the United Arab Emirates, tradition is linked to the future.

The Sameem open-air pavilion is shaped like a rough rectangle built from modular majlis (or seating) structures, covered with geometrically patterned fabric. The center of the pavilion is open, and the plot is filled with palm trees as well as greenery and shrubs native to the WATER. Throughout the pavilion, different areas evoke the mountains, desert and coast.

Majlis for Expo 2020 Dubai by AGi architects is a collection of urban lounges designed as human-scale venues. Given the vastness of the Expo site, in its relationship with users, they aim to show hospitality as a symbol of the UAE's character. Over 80 colorful playful structures formed a public network of socializing spaces across the exhibition area, ensuring the cohesion of the public space as a place for Expo 2020 visitors.

The Majlis represent Arab hospitality to the rest of the world, but also their commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and economic efficiency. They have been designed as useful, easily transformable and transportable elements. They are designed so that, once Expo 2020 is over, the Majlis will serve as ambassadors of national values in other places, being an example of the circular economy concepts that were the conceptual thrusts of the Expo 2020 proposal "Connecting Minds. Creating the Future", and its sub-themes "Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability".

Majlis are :

- Removable: they have been designed as a dismountable system to be easily packed and transported.

- Light: Majlis structures are made of aluminum

- Self-supporting: the structures have their own foundations and rest on the ground, so no earthwork or excavation is required. They are ready to be assembled and reused easily.

- Adaptable to different uses: Many of the Majlis designed for Expo 2020 Dubai can be easily reused to accommodate new functions, such as rest areas, learning zones, medical support facilities, etc.

- Climatic spaces: Majlis structures will be easily adaptable to the climatic conditions of their new destinations, using local knowledge of vernacular architecture adapted to their specific environments, in an appropriate, simple, and economical manner.