I missed the party. Did you make it? I didn’t even realize how desperately I wanted to be at the party until it was over. How about you? Is there a word for FOMO in retrospect?
Imagine walking into a dim-light room suddenly to be in a sand-filled desert – -that’s what meets visitors at the UAEs Pavillion during the World Expo that just closed in Dubai.
If rumors are correct, the Pavillion may re-open as a permanent installation. Let’s cross our fingers!
The exterior architecture is impressive in many ways. But, to get our hearts pounding, there’s a large room with actual sand and sand dunes to walk in between. Projections on the dunes tell inspiring stories and display the history of the UAE.
Another room show sands from the seven emirates, all in different shades.
Sand continues to be a design element. Glass cubes filled with sand reflect the Emirati people mixed with the country’s expats from over 200 countries and their combined knowledge, achievements, and strive forward.
The United Arab Emirates Pavillion, in the shape of a falcon, a cultural symbol of the country, is designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava. It features 28 wings that can open and has built-in solar panels. It’s impressive.
What do you think – is it the inside that counts?