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.
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.