The UAE Pavilion, designed by Foster + Partners, was on display for six months at Expo 2010 Shanghai, showcasing exhibitions that highlight the history of the UAE; its stunning design attracted almost two million visitors. Now located in its permanent home beside Manarat Al Saadiyat, the pavilion will be a new landmark exhibition and events venue, hosting some of the country’s most important cultural functions. The pavilion’s strikingly original design comprises two dune-shaped peaks; its highest peak reaches 20 metres tall. During its display at the exposition, the building won prestigious awards from Illinois Society of Structural Engineers and the National Council of Structural Engineers Associations. It has also achieved a 2 Pearl Rating under the Estidama sustainable design programme, and is one of the first buildings in Abu Dhabi to be awarded this. The project received praise for its sustainable design, which ensures a large reduction in external heat gain.
Abu Dhabi Art was held in and around the impressive UAE Pavilion and Manarat Al Saadiyat in Saadiyat Cultural District.