A monumental new structure is rapidly taking shape on Saadiyat island; the UAE Pavilion, which was relocated to Abu Dhabi after hosting the UAE's national exhibition at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai, is nearing completion and will host this year's Abu Dhabi Art from the 16 - 19th of November.
Reconstructed under the instruction of Tourism Development '&' Investment Company (TDIC), the master developer of major cultural, residential and tourism destinations in Abu Dhabi, and commissioned by the National Media Council, the pavilion will now be a landmark exhibition and events venue, hosting some of the UAE's most important cultural functions, in its permanent home adjacent to Manarat Al Saadiyat.
The steel structure and waterproofing of the pavilion are now complete, as well as the insulation, sheeting and mesh build up. Cladding panels are also near completion on the large dunes. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing works are underway, and are due to be completed at the beginning of November, when the building will become fully operable. Landscaping and exterior works are underway and will be completed by 1st week of November.
The structure, which was originally designed by the award-winning Foster + Partners, resembles a golden sand dune, and has received praise for its sustainable design, which ensures a large reduction in external heat gain. The structure is the first TDIC project to achieve the 2 Pearl Building Rating under Estidama.