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Weston Williamson+Partners Wins Competition for Dubai 2020 Rail Link

16:00 - 25 September, 2016
Weston Williamson+Partners Wins Competition for Dubai 2020 Rail Link, Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners
Courtesy of Weston Williamson+Partners

London-based Weston Williamson+Partners (WW+P) has won the “Route 2020” competition for the Dubai 2020 rail link, a 15-kilometer, £2.2 billion metro Expolink in the United Arab Emirates

"Transformations: The Emirati National House": Inside UAE's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale

16:20 - 22 August, 2016
"Transformations: The Emirati National House": Inside UAE's Pavilion at the 2016 Venice Biennale, Courtesy of NPUAE
Courtesy of NPUAE

As part of ArchDaily's coverage of the 2016 Venice Biennale, we are presenting a series of articles written by the curators of the exhibitions and installations on show.

Watch the Louvre Abu Dhabi Perimeter Flood

16:00 - 17 June, 2016
Watch the Louvre Abu Dhabi Perimeter Flood, Courtesy of Tourism Development & Investment Company
Courtesy of Tourism Development & Investment Company

Update 9/20/16: The opening date for the museum has been pushed back to 2017.

Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo

12:45 - 3 May, 2016
Santiago Calatrava's Winning Design for the UAE Pavilion at the Dubai World Expo, Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava
Courtesy of Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won the competition to design the United Arab Emirates Pavilion for the Dubai World Expo in 2020. Nine finalists submitted 11 concepts that were evaluated on three criteria: their expression of Expo’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” whether the design was evocative of the UAE, and if a balance was struck between the country’s past and future. Calatrava’s design proposes a 15,000 square meter pavilion with exhibition areas, an auditorium, food and beverage outlets, and VIP lounges. The design is meant to evoke the wings of a falcon in flight, linking itself to the country’s history of falconry to emphasize the country’s present day goals of global connectedness.

Here's How Dubai Plans to Become the Design Capital of the Middle East

09:30 - 13 April, 2016
Here's How Dubai Plans to Become the Design Capital of the Middle East, London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners has designed a central community space for the district, due to be completed in 2018. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week
London-based architecture firm Foster + Partners has designed a central community space for the district, due to be completed in 2018. Image Courtesy of Dubai Design Week

In recent years, it's been no secret that Dubai has been attempting to diversify its industries, as the city moves on from being an oil-based economy. In this article, originally published by Metropolis Magazine as "Dubai: Making a Creative Capital from Scratch," Ali Morris investigates how the city is building its own design district to rival London or New York - and doing so despite starting from almost nothing.

OMA's First UAE Project to be in Dubai

12:30 - 15 March, 2016
OMA's First UAE Project to be in Dubai , © OMA
© OMA

OMA has won a commission to design their first project in the United Arab Emirates. The winning proposal will transform four warehouses on Dubai's Alserkal Avenue into a new multi-purpose venue that will connect local architects and artists, and highlight the role intelligent design plays in the city. 

Foster, BIG and Grimshaw Design Main Pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai

14:00 - 14 March, 2016
Foster, BIG and Grimshaw Design Main Pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai , © Expo 2020 Dubai
© Expo 2020 Dubai

Foster + Partners, BIG and Grimshaw Architects have won a competition to design pavilions for Expo 2020 Dubai. Under the Expo’s 2020 theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the teams were selected from 13 invited practices to design three themed pavilions within the Expo's HOK-designed masterplan: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability.

AL_A Wins Competition to Design Abu Dhabi Mosque

14:00 - 2 March, 2016
AL_A Wins Competition to Design Abu Dhabi Mosque, Prayer Hall. Image © AL_A
Prayer Hall. Image © AL_A

AL_A has won a competition to design a new mosque within the Foster + Partner-designed World Trade Center complex in Abu Dhabi. The 2000-square-meter project, envisioned as a "pathway to serenity" rather than a single building, leads visitors on a journey through an informal park of palm trees that slowly align with the mosque's shifted grid as users approach the Prayer Hall. Once inside, visitors are facing towards Mecca. 

Santiago Calatrava Wins Competition to Design Landmark Observation Tower in Dubai

12:00 - 9 February, 2016
Santiago Calatrava Wins Competition to Design Landmark Observation Tower in Dubai, © Santiago Calatrava
© Santiago Calatrava

Santiago Calatrava has won an international competition to design a "landmark" observation tower in Dubai Creek Harbor. Selected over five other proposals, the design was inspired by Islamic architecture with the intention to "fuse modern, sustainable design with the rich culture and heritage of the United Arab Emirates."

Yasser Elsheshtawy Reveals Theme for UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale

04:00 - 4 January, 2016
Yasser Elsheshtawy Reveals Theme for UAE Pavilion at 2016 Venice Biennale, Entrance to a National (Sha’abi) House in the Salamat neighborhood in Al Ain. Photography by Yasser Elsheshtawy. Image Courtesy of National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia
Entrance to a National (Sha’abi) House in the Salamat neighborhood in Al Ain. Photography by Yasser Elsheshtawy. Image Courtesy of National Pavilion UAE la Biennale di Venezia

As announced in October 2015, UAEU professor Yasser Elsheshtawy has been selected to curate the United Arab Emirates pavilion for the 2016 Venice Biennale. Following the Biennale’s theme of Reporting from the Front, Elsheshtawy—who runs the blog Dubaization, a term he coined in 2004 to depict the influence of Dubai on the urban discourse—has chosen to highlight the country’s social housing program, known as Sha’abi housing, which began in the 1970s and continues on to today.

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