A star-studded U.S. pavilion for Dubai’s Expo 2020

The United States unveiled its pavilion for Dubai’s upcoming Expo 2020 on November 18. It includes a replica SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The theme of the silver building draped in stars is “Life, Liberty and Pursuit of the Future,” John Rakolta, the U.S. ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, said at the ceremony.

World Expos are global gatherings of nations that welcome tens of millions of visitors and include country pavilions that transform their host cities for years. The Dubai Expo will be the first held in the Middle East.

Man speaking in front of rocket replica (© Kamran Jebreili/AP Images)
U.S. Ambassador John Rakolta speaks in front of a replica of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. A SpaceX Falcon 9 recently launched with a Japanese and three American astronauts aboard for a trip to the International Space Station. (© Kamran Jebreili/AP Images)

The 3,300-square-meter (36,000-square-foot) pavilion will include a moving walkway featuring a “24-minute experience” of America with moon rocks, a Mars rover and Thomas Jefferson’s Quran, Rakolta said.

The six-month event will open in October 2021 following a one-year postponement because of the COVID-19 pandemic. With the construction of the U.S. pavilion, the United States is on track to deliver a pavilion that celebrates innovation, creativity and freedom.

Two men bumping elbows (© Kamran Jebreili/AP Images)
U.S. Ambassador John Rakolta, right, and U.S. State Department Counselor Ulrich Brechbühl touch elbows after they affixed the last piece of a star to the pavilion. (© Kamran Jebreili/AP Images)