Alif - The mobility pavilion

Break down the divide between physical and digital worlds

By Expo 2020 Dubai

We live in a world of limitless connections. Explore horizons that drive human progress, as mobility continues to transform the way we live, connect with people, understand different cultures, and exchange knowledge and ideas.

Detail of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Architecture of Alif

The Mobility Pavilion, designed by the award-winning Foster + Partners, features the world’s largest passenger lift, which will transport 160+ people at a time.

The pavilion also stars a partly underground, partly open-air 330-metre track for you to see cutting-edge mobility devices in action.

Detail of Alif - The Mobility Pavilion, From the collection of: Expo 2020 Dubai
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Evening view of Alif - The Mobility Pavilion, From the collection of: Expo 2020 Dubai
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Aerial view of Alif - The Mobility Pavilion, From the collection of: Expo 2020 Dubai
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Aerial view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

A visionary structure ready to take flight

The heart-pounding motion of speeding ideas and vehicles alike take shape in Alif – The Mobility Pavilion: a ribbed, curvy, three-sided structure wrapped in highly reflective stainless steel metal cladding, inspired by chrome fenders and aircraft wings.

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Alif's mirror-like surface captures movement, making the building seem alive and in motion.

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Al Khamsa - Mare and Foal

Commissioned art piece in front of the Alif pavilion summarizes the concept of humans progress and its Mobility.  

Evening view of The Mare and The Foal statue outside Alif - The Mobility Pavilion, From the collection of: Expo 2020 Dubai
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Evening view of The Mare and The Foal, From the collection of: Expo 2020 Dubai
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Mare & Foal statue at Alif - Mobility District, From the collection of: Expo 2020 Dubai
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Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Evolution of mobility wall

Throughout our existence – from our very first steps out of Africa to space travel to our interconnected digital world – mobility has driven the development of humankind.

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

We’ve moved from the desert to Mars and from the distant past to the near future.

See how mobility will continue to transform the way we live, connect with people, understand different cultures, and exchange knowledge and ideas.

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Bedouin Girl

Shamsa the Bedouin Girl represents traditional Dubai, as well as the Bedouin values of sharing and hospitality, so crucial for Expo and the wider world. 

She is wearing a traditional dress with the Expo motif added; she’s also wearing the ring that become the basis for the Expo logo, which was found in Saruq al Hadid, the remains of an ancient settlement in the Dubai desert.
She is reaching up, a symbol for the human desire to always get to a better place and to connect.

The Giants of MobilityExpo 2020 Dubai

Giants of mobility

Meet the larger-than-life, nine-metre-tall historical giants of mobility whose innovations helped navigate the world and paved the way for the technology we use today.

Move beyond earth’s frontiers as you reach for space and feel empowered to explore uncharted territories and create the future you want.

Corridor 2 - Pearl Diver - Leadership and Unification inside Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

The pearl diver

The Pearl Diver is underwater, finding the next trove of pearl oysters.

Interior of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

He is wearing black as he operates at greater depth than those dressed in white.

Corridor 2 - Pearl Diver - Leadership and Unification inside Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

He is talking about the fact that the pearl diving era is coming to an end (the scene is set in the 1950s) and that he needs to find new ways to provide for his children.

He is reaching for the pearl in the next room; on the pearl we see the development of the Dubai Creek from 1920-1970, so you could say he’s also reaching for the modern world.

Astronaut on display at Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

The astronaut

Giant model based on the Emirati astronaut, Hazza Al Mansouri.

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Connecting to the future

Bedouin girl reaching out and almost touching with her finger the girl from the future, Shamsa, who is actually made up out of particles, in particular butterflies.

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

Interior view of Alif - The Mobility PavilionExpo 2020 Dubai

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