By Staff writer
Ireland's pavilion will be designed around the Stone Age Newgrange monument
The Irish government has granted a one-off payment of €4 million ($4.43 million) to help fund Ireland’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, it was reported at the weekend.
Ireland’s Department of Foreign Affairs made the payment in order to deliver “a facility and event space in Dubai with appropriate activities to promote Ireland in this significant international forum,” according to a report by The Journal website.
In October, it was revealed that Ireland’s Expo 2020 pavilion will be based around the country’s magnificent Stone Age Newgrange monument.
Newgrange was constructed about 5,200 years ago, making it older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids in Egypt.
A passage measuring 19 metres will lead into a chamber with three alcoves. The passage and chamber are aligned with the rising sun at the Winter Solstice on December 21.
Aislling McDermott, manager Asia and Middle East, Tourism Ireland, said: “The design will be based on Newgrange. One day a year the light shines in and they’re going to recreate that through Expo using artificial intelligence (AI)."
Popular hospitality venue the Irish Village will also have an outlet located at Expo 2020 Dubai, close to the Irish pavilion, it was revealed in December.
Colm McLoughlin, vice chairman and CEO of The Irish Village, said: “We are thrilled to be part of Expo 2020. The eyes of the world will be focused on the UAE when it hosts this global event.
“Dubai is known for its amazing infrastructure, market-leading events and technological innovations – without doubt, it will deliver a world-class event. The Irish Village is looking forward to serving its award-winning food and offering an authentic Irish welcome to local, regional and overseas visitors.”
From October 20 this year to April 10 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome 192 participating countries and an expected 25 million visits. It is expected to be the largest event ever held in the Arab world.