Saudi Arabia announces competition and certification of EXPO 2020 pavilion

Structure has been awarded LEED Platinum certification and holds three Guinness World Records

Saudi Arabia has announced that its country pavilion for EXPO 2020 Dubai is now fully complete. The structure has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification by the US Green Building Council (USGBC) – the highest internationally recognised sustainability rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

The pavilion spans an area of 13,069sqm and is second in size only to the UAE country pavilion. It is said to be aligned with global sustainability norms and a clear environmental vision – the eco-friendly structure is said to boast 650 solar panels sourced from Saudi entrepreneurs and manufactured in the Kingdom, a statement said.

In addition, it holds three Guinness World Records: for the largest interactive lighting floor with around 8,000 LED lights, the longest interactive water feature at more than 32m, and the largest LED interactive digital mirror screen at 1302.5sqm, the statement explained.

Rising six storeys from the ground, the innovative façade of the building symbolises the country’s deeply-rooted heritage, ancient culture, natural wonders, myriad opportunities and the towering ambition of its people, said senior Saudi officials involved in the project.

In keeping with the overarching theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the KSA pavilion will take visitors on a guided tour of the wonders of the country’s 13 regions through multiple immersive and interactive experiences and exhibits, the statement concluded.

EXPO 2020 Dubai opens to the public on October 1.

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