VIDEO: Expo 2020 Dubai opens Asif Khan-designed entry portals

Published: 10 February 2020 - 4 a.m.

Expo 2020 Dubai has opened the three entry portals, which have been designed by British architect Asif Khan, as its 4.38km2 site, with the structure being made using carbon-fibre composite.

The material helps the structures stand tall at 21-metres, which is taller than six-storey building, with 30m length without any additional support. The portals are a future form of architecture inspired by the aesthetics of the region.

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Each portal features two vast doors that are 21-metre-high and 10.5-metre-wide that will be opened every morning of the 173 days of Expo 2020 to welcome visitors from across the globe.

All the three thematic districts, Opportunity, Sustainability, and Mobility will each have an entry portal that lead to tree-filled arrival courtyards, which was also designed in collaboration with Khan.

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According to Expo 2020 Dubai the entry portals are a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya, a design that is used across the region to control light and the flow of air.

Speakingh about the entry portals, chief development and delivery officer at Expo 2020 Dubai, Ahmed Al Khatib, said: “The Expo Entry Portals will provide a wonderful way to welcome millions of people from across the globe to The World’s Greatest Show, giving a first taste of the amazing architecture and groundbreaking innovation they will experience all around the site.”

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The carbon-fibre structures were developed in three years and first element to be revealed from Khan’s design of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Public Realm, which comprises more than 6km of walkable areas across the site.

Describing the entry portals as his best work yet, Khan said: “The portals are the first thing you see as you approach the site, so they are a landmark at the beginning and end of your journey at Expo 2020.

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“Passing through the doors represents a physical and symbolic act of moving from the past into the future."

In December 2019, New York Stock Exchange-listed United Parcel Service (UPS) completed the delivery of the 21x30m carbon-fibre structures at the Expo site by moving multiple shipments from Germany through Belgium’s Port of Antwerp and into Dubai’s commercial port in Jebel Ali.

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