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Luxembourg is first to sign official Dubai Expo 2020 contract

Royal family members among delegation to visit Dubai to plan $29m participation

Luxembourg is first to sign official Dubai Expo 2020 contract

Luxembourg has become the first country to formally sign a participation contract with organisers of the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

A high-level delegation from Luxembourg – including high-ranking members of its Royal Family – is visiting Dubai to meet organisers, as part of plans to maximise its EUR25 million ($29 million) investment in the event.

Some 120 nations have either publicly or privately confirmed they will take part in Expo 2020 Dubai, which will be the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

The signing of the contract comes after Luxembourg received approval from Expo 2020 Dubai for the theme and location of its national pavilion.

The theme – Resourceful Luxembourg – aims to reflect the landlocked country’s status as a smart nation that looks abroad to connect the human, natural, technical, industrial and financial resources it needs to shape its future.

Among those joining Maggy Nagel, General Commissioner of the Luxembourg Pavilion and President of the Board of Management of Luxembourg @ Expo 2020 Dubai, are Prince Guillaume, Crown Prince of Luxembourg, Princess Stéphanie, Crown Princess of Luxembourg, and Etienne Schneider, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy.

Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: “The signing of Luxembourg’s official participation contract is yet another important milestone on our journey to Expo 2020 Dubai and beyond. Luxembourg was one of the first nations to publicly commit to participating in Expo, so we are delighted that they are also the first to sign a participation contract.

“With so many countries having either publicly or privately confirmed their participation, we are on track to deliver our goal of hosting the most inclusive World Expo ever.”

Schneider, said: “Our participation at Expo 2020 Dubai is in line with the continuing excellent relations between the UAE and Luxembourg.

“Our participation at Expo is a unique opportunity for making the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and all its economic advantages even better known on the international scene, and more particularly in the Middle East.”

The spiral-shaped Luxembourg Pavilion, which is inspired by a Möbius strip, will be located in the Opportunity District. It will contain an exhibition space, a multi-purpose area, a restaurant, administrative offices and technical facilities.

Expo 2020 opens on October 20, 2020 and closes six months later on April 10, 2021. More than 180 countries are expected to participate, with further national participation announcements expected in the coming months.