Luxembourg first to ink Expo 2020 Dubai contract
While the European country is the first to formally sign a participation deal, around 120 nations have confirmed their interest in taking part in Expo 2020 Dubai
Luxembourg has become the first country to sign an official contract marking its participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, it has been revealed.
While the European country is the first to formally sign a participation deal, around 120 nations have confirmed their interest in taking part in the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region, UAE state news agency, WAM, reported.
Prior to the signing of the contract, Luxembourg, which has pledged to invest EUR25m (AED108m) in the expo, received approval for its national pavilion’s theme and location.
The theme of the pavilion is ‘Resourceful Luxembourg’, which reflects the country’s status as a smart nation that looks to other countries to connect the human, natural, technical, industrial, and financial resources it needs to shape its future.
According to WAM, the spiral-shaped pavilion will be located in the Opportunity District. It will comprise an exhibition space, a multi-purpose area, a restaurant, administrative offices, and technical facilities.
The design and architecture, developed by Metaform and The Space Factory, will highlight issues related to resources and will rely on the principles of circular economy and interconnection.
The contract was signed on 11 October by Najeeb Al-Ali, executive director of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, and Maggy Nagel, general commissioner of the Luxemburg Pavilion and president of the board of management of Luxembourg @ Expo 2020 Dubai.
HH 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.”
Expo 2020 is scheduled to open on 20 October, 2020 and will conclude six months later, on 10 April, 2021. More than 180 countries are expected to participate, with further participation announcements expected in the coming months.