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Netherlands to showcase water from air tech at Expo 2020 Dubai

Netherlands has started construction of its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion, will feature biotope which connects water, energy and food

Netherlands to showcase water from air tech at Expo 2020 Dubai

The Netherlands has started construction of its Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion, the Dutch Consulate has announced.

The pavilion will feature a biotope, designed by V8 Architects, which connects water, energy and food in a circular way.

The production of water from desert air powered by solar power is one of the inventions that will be on display from October 20 next year in the Dutch Pavilion.

On Tuesday, Dutch Consul-General and Commissioner-General, Hans Sandee, presented on behalf of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, a bottle of water harvested from air in the Netherlands to Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, executive director of Expo 2020 Dubai.

"It is important to realise our responsibility towards our planet and future generations. By showcasing home-grown solutions that link the issues of water, energy and food, we are keen to contribute to Expo 2020 Dubai," said Kaag.

Al Ali added: "Today’s groundbreaking ceremony and this unique bottle of water harvested from air reflects the Netherlands’ innovative approach to Expo 2020 Dubai. We look forward to continuing to work with the Dutch team and seeing what other exciting technologies will feature in the Dutch pavilion at Expo 2020."

Dutch artist-innovator-entrepreneur Ap Verheggen and his team are the people behind the SunGlacier technology that makes the water-from-air feat possible.

"Our solar-powered water-from-air technology will enable us to produce food in the future without being dependent on rainfall, rivers or other traditional sources of water," Verheggen said.

Some 250 Dutch businesses are active in the UAE, with Dutch exports to the Gulf region totalling more than €11 billion.

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