UAE Pavilion at Expo Milano 2015 by aramanstudio’s Inigo Bujedo Aguirre

The UAE pavilion created a huge buzz as soon as it opened at this year’s Expo Milano on May 1. Luckily, Inigo Bujedo Aguirre, renowned and internationally published photographer who is represented in the Middle East by aramanstudio in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Egypt, Lebanon, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, was there not only to witness this honourable event, but to also document it through his amazing photos.

The 3-storey pavilion was designed by Foster + Partners, the same architects who developed the 80-storey Index Tower in Dubai Financial Centre and designed the second phase of Dubai Design District, the “hipster district,” to name some of its biggest Dubai architectural developments. In Abu Dhabi, one of its major projects was The Souk, a shopping centre with high-end boutiques in a traditional Arabian-style design located In The World Trade Center Abu Dhabi.

The UAE pavilion’s main theme was “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” and it was home of symbolical pieces, structure, and amphitheater. The curvilinear walls are 12-meter in height resembling the sand dunes that the region is well known for. The said walls houses an amphitheater that shows a short film entitled “Family Tree.” It is about a young girl’s journey towards finding the importance of conserving the world for a sustainable tomorrow.

It also had a secluded custom oasis within shaded palm trees that are also scattered around the pavilion demonstrating its importance to the survival in the UAE back in the day.

When we asked Inigo about his key concepts and elements for taking shots, he said: “The key element is the contemporary architecture. I look for the most interesting, innovative and challenging projects—those with an interesting impression and program. Every photograph taken was preplanned before it was taken.”

He also added, “The scale of the Expo is very big and working among thousands of visitors has been very difficult and demanding. Also considering the working days to take photos—from dawn to late at night. By using a well-developed photography technique together with loads of patience does the trick.”

Last 2013 Dubai won the bid as the host of Expo 2020 (, one of the world’s most celebrated expos where the future of humanity is exhibited. With years of preparation for the Expo 2020, we can expect to look forward to a well-planned structure with participating countries showcasing their visions for a sustainable future whilst imparting history. aramanstudio, Dubai photography production agency, is looking forward to this beautiful mark of history.

In behalf of aramanstudio, congratulations to the successful opening of UAE Pavilion in Milan Expo 2015 and thank you Inigo for imparting with us your photos and experience in Milan!

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