UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai
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Expo 2020 Dubai

For 170 years, World Expos have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today.

Exterior of the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

What is Expo 2020?

From 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022, visitors from across the world will travel to Dubai for a six-month celebration of creativity, innovation, humanity, and world cultures. With a predicted 25m visits, Dubai Expo hosts over 190 countries and provides a global platform to showcase British innovation.  

Heriot-Watt will be represented by its world-leading academics, participating in key Breakthrough Moments, and our Future Skills Conference will address core topics including, how disruptive technologies such as AI and Robotics are changing the world of work, the skills required to move to a net-zero economy and the role of digital education in driving global access and inclusion. 

Heriot-Watt University is proud to be a supporting partner of the UK at Expo 2020.

Heriot-Watt at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Research Impact

Research Impact

Forward-thinking and research-led, we have an impressive track record as a leader in ideas and solutions. Through multi-disciplinary approaches, international collaborations and connectivity to business, we make a direct impact on real-world problems.

Research Impact
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National Robotarium

Opening on our Edinburgh Campus in 2022, this world-leading Robotics and AI facility will translate cutting-edge research into disruptive technologies and explore collaborative interaction between humans, robots and the subsequent impact on environments.

Enterprise at Heriot-Watt


We in Team ESTEEM believe that we are the architects of the future which is why we design and build a smart home and contribute to developing sustainable housing for present and future generations. We are the finalists of Solar Decathlon Middle East challenge - SDME 2021 - a competition inviting students from all over the globe to design and build smart homes of the future.
This is the first time the competition has been directly linked with the World Expo. Dubai 2020 is arguably one of the largest events of the year and will showcase innovation and technologies that haven't been showcased the public before. With 180 countries, each with their own pavilion, millions of visitors are expected to visit the site over a period of six months. Our journey as Team ESTEEM began two years ago with a small group of enthusiastic students ready to take up the challenge to change the housing industry. Currently we have over a hundred members from different disciplines and different countries. Our house is a product of collaboration between 30 companies and supporters and bright students well underway to becoming young professionals. What makes our project so unique is the comprehensive thinking we've given to sustainability. As a global team we've been inspired by international smart solutions and even natural materials, for example our Scottish timber in our cross
laminated timber panels and even hemp insulation. We've even gone as far as to have a 3D printed concrete tower which will
showcase our optimization and also reduction in concrete usage and I could keep going on about smart solutions, however this is all thanks to Heriot-Watt's best resources and researching facilities and the researchers on campus. 2020 has been a curveball of a year and through to our moral pride and where and how we live we understand the social impact of our project. Throughout 2020 we have actually increased our social reach by engaging with outreach campaigns including construction and innovation. Our campaign 'Destination Dubai' aims to promote mental health awareness by walking cycling or running. Together with class of your own we have actually taught children about sustainable housing and soon we will be launching the podcast named Vision in which we hope to increase our low carbon message. We're working towards building a new future where sustainability is driven by innovation and collaboration. Join us on our journey developing sustainable housing and smart home futures. Thank you very much.

UK Pavilion at Expo 2020

Innovation - in our DNA

There has never been a time like now for the world to come together and show each other how we can unite around the challenges we face. Together once again we can make our world a brighter place. [Music] In the uk we innovate. We reach out globally to collaborate. Discovering fundamental breakthroughs. Finding sustainable ways. Exporting the life-changing solutions the world needs today. Innovation: the DNA of our nation. [Music] Taking us to the next new. Exploring space. Keeping our planet green and blue. It's like electricity: a creative pulse
of new ideas. The lifeblood of pioneers. Inspiring us. Connecting us all. [Music] Look at our advertising, our photography, our art, our fashion, our food, our restaurants, our music, our tv, our films. Always cutting edge. Never standing still. [Music] Check out our design and engineering. Our laboratories and R&D. Driving technology forward. Making AI real. Our businesses, our startups, our universities: leading the way globally. That's why the UK has a golden opportunity to welcome the world to the future of learning, business, travel and UK creativity. Taking centre stage at Expo 2020 in Dubai. Inviting every generation to reach for the sky. [Music] In the UK we innovate. It's what has always made us great. It was true in 1851 and it's true today. [Music] Where there's a will, there's a new way. You can be a part of the UK Pavilion. You can be a part of this amazing adventure. Taking our message of hope to an audience of 7.8 billion. [Music] The UK is innovating for a shared future. To be a partner on the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, visit: