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Expo 2020 Dubai

01 October 2021 31 March 2022 Dubai, UAE

World Expos are one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet, taking place every five years and lasting six months. It is a festival for all, where everyone can experience, explore, innovate and have fun by sharing ideas and working together. Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” the aim is to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world. This year, more than 200 participants are set to participate including nations, multilateral organizations, businesses and educational institutions.

About Expo 2020 Dubai

The Expo 2020 Dubai, which was supposed to take place in 2020, but was postponed due to the restrictions created by the COVID-19 pandemic, has kicked off on October 1st, 2021 and will continue until March 31st, 2022. The first world expo in the Middle East is presenting this year’s theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” in which over 200 countries showcase their newest innovations and sustainable solutions with the help of the organizations that operate in their country.

This year, 192 confirmed countries have their own pavilions, showcasing own culture, innovation, and ideas globally. This marks the first time in the World Expo history that each country can share own educational, cultural, entertaining and efficient elements through different themes.

Netherlands at the Expo 2020 Dubai

The official opening of the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, on the Netherlands’ national day, on 3 November 2021 is set to showcase the Dutch acceleration in the Water, Energy and Food sectors. This year’s theme “Uniting Water, Energy and Food” is designed to combine and offer sustainable and innovative circular climate approaches.

The Netherlands will be represented during a mission led by minister Tom de Bruijn  & Ingrid Thijssen  as  different  organizations  will  join this mission, including several representative companies from Rotterdam. The mission is focused on sustainable urban development.

The King & Queen of the Netherlands will join the official opening of the Netherlands Pavilion on November.  The Mayor of Rotterdam, Aboutaleb will also join the mission as an  Expo Champion and planned to visit the Pavilion together with regional Rotterdam organizations.

The Netherlands Pavilion is featuring prominent Dutch companies which will showcase their future-focused, sustainable and innovative ideas surrounding the theme of water, energy, and food. The goal is to offer various business sectors, companies, and institutions a platform to showcase their ideas inspired by the forward-looking sustainable goals. For more information about the Netherlands pavilion, please visit: Expo 2020 Dubai Netherlands Pavilion.

Rotterdam at the Expo 2020 Dubai

Rotterdam is committed to the ambition of being a resilient city, fully prepared for whatever happens. Innovation is crucial to accelerate the energy, circular and digital transitions of our city and we often lead the way in new ideas and innovations. Rotterdam is home to world-leading clusters in water technology, food and energy.

The Dutch Pavilion has already won the “Sustainable Project of the Year” award for the sustainable pavilion design by the Rotterdam architects V8 Architects in collaboration with local organizations Expomobilia, Witteveen & Bos and Kossmanndejong.

The pavilion is designed as a temporary circular climate system in which water is harvested from the air, energy is collected from the sun and edible plants and oyster mushrooms are grown. Locally rented sheet piles and pipes are used as main construction materials and its interior is finished with bio-based and reusable materials. By returning or reusing all materials after Expo 2020 Dubai ends, the pavilion’s ecological footprint has been kept minimal.

V8 Architects, founded in 2011 in Rotterdam by Rudolph Eilander and Michiel Raaphorst are known for their unique characteristics architectural ideas focusing on complex projects. V8 Architects always tell a story of their surroundings by adding value to the modern and relevant societal challenges.

The Netherlands Pavilion is a perfect representation of V8 Architects, future-focused approach for a public building. By bringing out the collaboration with young innovators, V8 Architects present solutions for fundamental issues including water scarcity, food security, and the rapid increasing demand for energy within the society.

Representing Rotterdam at the Expo 2020 Dubai are several innovative companies including Blue City, RotterZwam, Port of Rotterdam, PortXchange and Koppert Biological Systems. Additionally, knowledge institutes including RSM and STC International are present.

Photo: © V8 Architects / Jeroen Musch
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