Luxembourg has become the first foreign country to break ground on its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday at a ceremony attended by Deputy Prime Minister Etienne Schneider, according to Expo officials.
According to officials, Luxembourg was among the 180 participating countries with the most advanced preparations for the event, after becoming the first country to sign an official participation contract for the event in October 2017 at an event attended by several members of its royal family.
The spiral shaped Luxembourg pavilion will be located in the ‘Opportunity District’ of the Expo 2020 site, and will contain an exhibition space, a multi-purpose area, a restaurant, a shop, administrative office and technical facilities.
The expo design – built with the theme ‘resourceful Luxembourg’ in mind – aims to reflect the country’s reputation as a “smart nation” that connects the human, natural, technical, industrial and financial resources it needs to shape its future.
Speaking at the event on Sunday, Schneider said that the pavilion “will be a wonderful opportunity for us to promote what our country stands for – innovation and sustainable development.”
“It will have an eye-catching design that will appeal to all ages and interests, and we hope will be a major attraction for the millions of people attending Expo 2020,” he added. “We are delighted to be the first foreign nation to break ground for its pavilion.”
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, the executive director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said that the ground breaking of the Luxembourg pavilion marks an important milestone for Expo.
“From now on, those pavilions will start to take physical shape alongside some of the inspiring structures that we at Expo 2020 Dubai are now building, such as the Al Wasl Plaza and Sustainability Pavilion,” he said.For all the latest business news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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