The UAE’s pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 was designed by Foster & Partners and inspired by traditional desert cities. The walls evoke the texture of sand dunes. Materials represent the different shades of sand across the Emirates. At the heart of the pavilion is a special exhibit celebrating Dubai as the host city of Expo 2020. There is a café, a restaurant and a roof terrace offering modern Emirati food. The flora of the UAE is also recreated in the landscaping around the pavilion.
The Secret Life of Date Palms is an exhibition that looks into date palm features, its form, fruit, hydration, metamorphosis, shade, shadow, and gender. The exhibition explains the importance and value of date palms for the UAE.
As part of the exhibition visitors will also get to experience and see the date palms for themselves, with an oasis garden and date palm trees present at the pavilion.
Expo continues until 31st of October. The UAE pavilion will be disassembled and moved to Masdar City in Abu Dhabi in November. You can watch the video about the impressive pavilion here.