Dubai: India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has been recognised by American Institute of Architects (AIA), a 164-year-old international consortium of architects, as one of the most iconic pavilions at Expo.
The announcement came during an event titled 'Making of India Pavilion' on November 13 at India Pavilion, in the presence of Chief Guest Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai.
More than 190 pavilions are participating in the six-month long event being held in Dubai but the Indian pavilion remains one of the most popular corners, having recorded 350,000 visitors in less than 50 days of its inauguration on October 1.
Inaugurated by Piyush Goyal, India's Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs, Food & Public Distribution and Textiles, the pavilion represents India's rich cultural heritage and has organised many cultural events with a unique amalgamation of culture, technology and business opportunities represented by India.
"The India Pavilion has achieved AIA's primary goal of ensuring the safety of the planet with a focus on sustainable practices while representing the diverse cultural background of the country. The Pavilion not only showcases the rich history of the country, but also represents the numerous opportunities, possibilities and offers a window into the future," said AIA President Mr Daniel S. Hart.
The external facade of the India Pavilion is made of 600 individual colourful blocks and is capable of kinetic movements symbolising the theme - India on the move.
The visitors also get to experience the immersive AI and VR technology at the Pavilion which transports them to a virtual India. While the traditional Indian elements showcase the rich cultural and traditional heritage of the country, its modern architectural concepts, economic and scientific capabilities.
On the AIA recognition, Principal Architect of India Pavilion, Dikshu C. Kukreja said, "It is a great honour to be recognised by AIA and we are delighted to showcase our country at the Expo. We understand the importance of Expo 2020 Dubai and the Pavilion has been designed to showcase India's diversity, heritage and the numerous opportunities presented by the country on a global pedestal".
Built across a 1.2-acre plot with a state-of-the-art building, it is set to be a permanent structure and will become a part of District 2020 and India's lasting legacy in the UAE.
It has also hosted several sector and state specific events to highlight India's success and the roadmap of the future.