Now that Expo 2020 Dubai is nearing at a vast speed, we would like to take the opportunity to introduce you to all the people working at Expo 2020 Dubai, during those 6 unforgettable months.
You've had the pleasure of being introduced to Myriam Cops, our Pavilion Director a while ago. Today it's Rachid Kerkab's turn, her Deputy and Operations Manager.
What is your name and what do you do at the Belgian Pavilion?
I am Rachid, Operations Manager and Deputy Director in charge of administrative and operational matters for the Belgian Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
What is your favourite aspect of working for the Belgian Pavilion and for Expo 2020 Dubai?
It is a unique opportunity to serve in an endeavour to promote Belgium and its Regions on the international stage. Also, I am convinced Expo 2020 Dubai will be a distinct event showcasing innovation that will shape the future.
What are you looking forward to seeing the most in the Belgian Pavilion?
The Pavilion has so much to offer – a uniquely designed exhibition will take visitors on an amazing journey. The F&B and Shops offer Belgium finest food, drinks and products. And just the design of the pavilion is mesmerizing in itself. All in all, a must to visit at Expo 2020.
What is your favourite pavilion in the history of all preceding Expos?
I like the Atomium as a major landmark in Brussels; so that would be Expo 58. Of course, I wasn’t there at the time; I am not that old.
However, ask me again in March 2022; I am convinced the Belgian Pavilion and Expo 2020 Dubai is gonna be on top of my list.
What is the most important lesson you have learned during your time working for the Belgian Pavilion so far?
The most important lesson of the last year is without a doubt resiliency and adaptability.
In today’s complex and dynamic environment, success redefines itself in an unpredictable and at a rapid pace. I believe the answer lies in embracing adaptability and resiliency to thrive and navigate through this uncertainty. So, I am looking forward to leveraging innovation and digital solutions in our operations.
What are your hopes for Expo 2020 Dubai, and what it can do for our future?
I am convinced Expo 2020 Dubai will create a unique event and legacy for the future. It will give the opportunity for the world to meet again in a safe environment, and shape the future of the world.