DUBAI Expo 2020: Morocco’s dazzling pavilion

.“In conjunction with other passive strategies used in the design of the building, such as wooden interior facades which double as sunscreens, the rammed-earth facade allows the pavilion to answer fully to the demanding ecological standards of Leed,” he said, referring to the sustainable building benchmark.Inside, the pavilion has an inner courtyard, which is considered an important spatial element in traditional Moroccan architecture. The 14 exhibition spaces inside the pavilion are connected by a continuous “inner street”, which begins at the building’s uppermost floor and gradually descends to the ground.The pavilion, located in the Opportunity District, also includes a traditional Moroccan restaurant, a modern street-food area, an event space and 10 hanging gardens that will frame visitors’ views of the surrounding Expo as they descend to the building’s ground level.The sequential exhibition spaces combine to tell the story of Morocco’s regions and cultures.In line with this commitment to sustainability, Moroccan officials have said the pavilion will be converted into a housing complex after the Expo. It will be adapted to house apartments, an 80-metre-square swimming pool, a fitness club and a communal lounge.The Moroccan pavilion will have the theme ‘Legacies for the future – from inspiring origins to sustainable progress’.“The goal is to tell the story of a Morocco that is proud of all of its origins, heritage legacy and values, the great men and remarkable women of our country, its natural resources and geographical location and all that have forged our identity.We also wish to convey our connection to the notion of sustainability, which allows us to transform the many opportunities found in our country into tangible results.In Dubai, we will champion the story of this beautiful Morocco in motion, reinventing and transforming itself to adapt in a sustainable way, answering the great challenges facing humanity, both now and in the future.”The pavilion has an inner courtyard – an important spatial element in traditional Moroccan architecture.The pavilion’s interior captures important aspects of Morocco, taking visitors on a journey as they move through its exhibition spaces.First there is the village and then there is the scenographic journey inside the village, which does not follow a classical museum scenography, but rather a series of powerfully immersive experiences.Each doorway leads to a unique, interactive and playful experience that engages both body and mind, allowing visitors to discover a plural Morocco.“The Moroccan Pavilion will affirm the Morocco brand by its exceptional location and architecture, proof of which is our intention to patent this process that transforms an ancient earth construction into innovation.”Expo 2020 will also be an opportunity for Moroccan businesses to connect with other countries that might not be traditional trade partners.It is critical for B2B [business to business] as this is the first time a universal exposition takes place in the Arab world.Morocco sees the  Expo as a “particularly significant event” to showcase its diverse talents on the international stage.Our anchored position in Africa is both a heritage and an ambition for the future.During the six months of Expo, Morocco will take part in the 11 themed weeks organised by Expo, as well as the UAE’s Golden Jubilee in December.Morocco will also celebrate its national day on December 26 with a major event.

Morocco will also be present at the Women’s Pavilion, an innovation at the universal exposition, where many talented Moroccan women from all fields – associative, scientific and cultural – will have the opportunity to participate and demonstrate their wares.