During the next World Expo in Dubai in 2020, Belgium will show the world its technological progress to connect minds and create the future. The pavilion, specially built for the occasion, is a real jewel of architecture and engineering; it is a green ark spanning several levels.

From 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, the organisers of Expo 2020 Dubai are expecting over 150 participating countries and millions of visitors on a vast 4.3 km2 site. The aim of the organizers of this international platform is to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration on a global scale.

The principal theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, is reflected on the site in three large parts, each focused on a subtheme: mobility, sustainability and opportunity.

The public tender for the design, construction, scenography, maintenance and decommission of the Belgian pavilion has just been awarded. The group BEMOB-2020 won the competitive tender process.

It includes the Belgian contractors BESIX and Vanhout, the design firms ASSAR ARCHITECTS and VINCENT CALLEBAUT ARCHITECTURES and the scenographers of Krafthaus.

It will showcase the techniques, applications, products and materials, which are Belgian or of Belgian origin on both the interior and the exterior of the pavilion. This building/garden will not just be green on the outside; it has been designed to produce more energy than it consumes. The preservation of the environment is at the heart of its design and of our concerns, with natural light and ventilation, renewable energies and the smart use of water.

The building will have an exhibition trail, shops selling Belgian souvenirs, places to taste our culinary specialities (including fries, of course) and a business centre, as well as a gastronomic brasserie with a terrace.

These are all excellent opportunities for our economic players to show themselves to the world. There is definitely a certain cachet involved in organising a reception in the Belgian pavilion or selling products at our different points of sale, for example.

The pavilion, in the heart of the mobility district, will present our latest technological innovations for bringing people, goods and ideas together. The exhibition premises will offer all kinds of interactive discoveries in the Belgium of the future.

The pavilion is already popular with the business world before it even sees the light of day (the structural work is due to be completed by the end of the year).

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