Athens 2023 | Innovation

UAE Pavilion (Pearl Dome) - Expo 2020

United Arab EmiratesUnited Arab EmiratesCompany Name: PMK GROUP

Project description

Designed by world-renowned architect, Dr. Santiago Calatrava, the architectural design of the UAE Pavilion draws inspiration from the vision of the falcon – the national bird of the UAE. The UAE Pavilion reflects the UAE’s identity and pioneering spirit while cultivating a balance and connection between the country’s past, present and future.

First of a kind project done in the entire Middle East with high level of complex spherical curvature.

Main information

Sustainability certification goal
Building size

15 000 m²

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Media Council

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Company name: PMK GROUP

Main Representative: Mr. Kevin Green , Mr. Peter McKeagney

Number of collaborators: 500

Specialties: Civil & Architectural Fit Out 

Founded in: 2006

Biography: PMK is a family owned and run business that started its journey in Ireland in 2001. In 2006 an opportunity arose in Abu Dhabi and over the next couple of years the primary focus was on the Middle East market. Now, having delivered multiple projects successfully to our clients, PMK GROUP has become a highly reputable company within the UAE. PMK achieve this through continually implementing and reviewing new and innovative construction methods, using the latest equipment, materials and off-site prefabrication techniques & just in time delivery, to improve efficiency and quality, thus ensuring we have a competitive edge within the industry.

Innovation Partner: Santiago Calatrava

UAE Pavilion (Pearl Dome) - Expo 2020 - Gypsum International Trophy 2023

Contractor: Mr. Kevin Green

Saint-Gobain products & systems

Acoustic control
Gyproc SoundBloc, Gyproc Habito Board, GypWall QUIET, GypWall CURVE – Rw 62dB
Acoustic insulation
100mm thick ISOVER ECO APR @ 16kg/m3 GypWall QUIET, GypWall CURVE – Rw 62dB
Allows curved design
Glasroc X board curved in multiple planes – GypLyner UNIVERSAL
Neat finish
Glasroc X board finished with Saint-Gobain Weber render system – Weber Solution
Productivity gain
Environmentally friendly
Fire protection
Impact resistant

Saint-Gobain Team

Sana Pervez