To welcome millions of visitor from all the world, Expo 2020 Dubai has just reveled three Expo Entry Portals.

Expo 2020 Dubai

Designed by Expo 2020 in collaboration with British architect Asif Khan and his studio, the portals are a futuristic adaptation of the traditional mashrabiya, a design used across the region to regulate light and airflow.

The portals are woven entirely from strands of ultra-lightweight carbon-fibre composite that lend structural strength. This enables the ethereal structures to stand 21m high – taller than a six-storey building – and 30m long without any additional support.

The Expo 2020 Dubai Entry Portals designed by Asif Khan
Image Credit: Hélène Binet

Ahmad Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said:

“We cannot wait to open our doors to the world on October 20, 2020, and 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 ground-breaking innovation they will experience all around the site.”

Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability

Each portal features two vast doors, 21m and 10.5m wide, that will be opened every morning of the 173 days of Expo 2020 in a symbolic act of welcoming the world. The portals lead to tree-filled arrival courtyards, also designed in collaboration with Khan – one in each of the three Expo 2020 districts: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Asif Khan, architect of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Public Realm, who has described the Expo Entry Portals as his best work yet, 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. I would like visitors to Expo, especially children, to be inspired by architecture they have never seen before, and to be excited that it is part of the heritage of the region. Passing through the doors represents a physical and symbolic act of moving from the past into the future.”

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The portals will be the first impression of the site upon arrival for the millions of visitors who will attend the first World Expo and largest event ever to be held in the Arab world.