Netherlands pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai completed

With the handover of a symbolic key, the Netherlands pavilion has officially been completed and handed over to The Netherlands. This means that the Dutch entry will be ready in time for the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai on 1 October 2021.

During the Expo, the Netherlands wishes to showcase the solutions Dutch companies have to offer at the intersection of water, energy and food issues. The Netherlands pavilion embodies this.

A biotope in the desert
In Dubai’s dry desert climate, a unique biotope has been created. A temporary, circular climate system in which water is harvested from the air, energy is collected from the sun and edible plants and oyster mushrooms are grown. The pavilion is designed and built as a true showcase of sustainability and circularity that offers visitors a complete sensory experience of Dutch solutions to the theme of uniting water, energy and food. Locally rented sheet piles and pipes are used as main construction materials and its interior is finished with bio-based and reusable materials. All materials will be returned or reused after Expo 2020 Dubai. This approach minimizes the pavilion’s ecological footprint.

The pavilion was designed and built by a consortium of V8 Architects, KossmanndeJong, Witteveen+Bos and Expomobilia, commissioned by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Netherlands Enterprise Agency. A large number of Dutch innovative companies are involved in its realization. In close collaboration, their solutions were technically designed and integrated into the pavilion design. The consortium will also manage the maintenance and dismantling of the pavilion.

About Expo 2020 Dubai
Between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022, the 35th Universal World Expo will take place in Dubai. It is the first world exhibition in the Middle East. Under the theme ‘Connecting minds, creating the future’ 190 participating countries will present ideas, innovations and technologies.