Chile Pavilion to showcase progress, sustainability at Expo 2020 Dubai
The country's 700m2 wood-based national pavilion will focus on the theme of 'Sustainability, Diversity, Tradition, and Progress'
Chile has joined the list of countries that have confirmed their participation in the 173-day-long Expo 2020 Dubai, the next World Expo that will be hosted in the Middle East for the first time.
The theme of the Chilean Pavilion is 'Sustainability, Diversity, Tradition, and Progress', which signifies the four pillars of Chile and the principles of it values, UAE’s state-held news agency, Wam reported.
In September 2019, Chile had revealed the design details of its national pavilion that will be a wooden structure featuring a theme inspired by Chilean nomadic shelters.
The 700m2 Chilean structure — located within the World Expo’s Sustainability District — will showcase sustainable and reliable food production; renewable energy; productive and sustainable mining; sustainable tourism; entrepreneurship and innovation; sustainable infrastructure; astronomy and solid institutions at it pavilion.
Earlier Bureau International des Exposition (BIE) revealed on its Twitter account that the Chilean structure had been designed by a consortium comprising Chilean architects Smiljan Radic, Cecilia Puga, and Paula Velasco.
Commissioner General of Chile, Alvaro Saieh, said: "The priority for Chile at Expo 2020 will be to highlight the four pillars which embody our nation. We are a land of geographic extremes, with desert, mountains, glaciers and coastline. A country where contemporary co-exists with tradition, through the heart and soul of the Chilean people."
Speaking about Chilean exports to the Middle East, deputy commissioner general of Chile, Jorge Daccarett, said that the country’s shipments of walnuts to the Middle East topped $50m (AED183.6m), having surged by 73% over 2018, and the UAE accounted to $26m (AED95.5m) followed by Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.
"With 25 million visitors expected, we are confident that Expo 2020 will deliver the steppingstone we need, to develop further trade opportunities throughout the region and further afield to South Asia."