The future of the world
The figures are astounding: the site spans 4.38 km², which is twice the surface area of the Principality of Monaco, and the organisers are expecting more than 150 participating countries and 25 million visitors.
This hive of activity will last six months and aim to break down the barriers between ideas and bring (young) innovative minds together to make the most of our interconnected world. This will lead to environmentally-friendly solutions. Expo 2020 Dubai already plans to use renewable energy to cover 50% of the site's energy needs.
The theme of the expo will be broken down into three sub-themes: mobility, sustainability and opportunity.
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Our country is a hotbed of inventors looking to connect people, goods and ideas. Belgium is at a crossroads and has plenty of imagination in the area of technological development. The Belgian pavilion will showcase this imagination, attracting the thousands of visitors expected every day with its gastronomic restaurant, shops and business centre.
Come and visit us in the mobility district to find out more.
BelExpo wants to demonstrate a green and smart Belgium and show that Belgium is a pioneering nation with a large platform for opportunities that is open to the world. Dedicated to soft mobility and based on the emergence of green, dense and connected cities "The Green Arch" wants to exhibit Belgian industrial, technological and scientific know-how internationally. Initiated by a powerful gesture, this arched monolith, sober and elegant, reflects our "belgitude", a clever mix between Latin romanticism in the field of art and Anglo-Saxon technical rigor in the technical branches.
The Belgian Pavilion
"Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" is the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai and is central to the project of the BEMOB 2020 consortium appointed by BelExpo for the design and construction of the Belgian Pavilion. The sub-themes are: opportunity, mobility and sustainability. Belgian international contractors BESIX and Vanhout, with a strong ten-year local presence in the UAE, fit a principle of reality into the conception of this project. To translate this collaborative philosophy, the Belgian architects ASSAR ARCHITECTS and Vincent Callebaut Architectures wanted to join forces to design an aesthetic and functional pavilion. These partners work together to optimize the Belgian pavilion. BelExpo works closely with the Belgian Buildings Agency as well.
The pavilion is located in the mobility district and will be able to welcome around 15,000 visitors a day. The leitmotif of the Belgian pavilion "The Green Ark" is to catalyze architecture, structure, energy, landscape and scenography as if the entire project had been drawn with a single pen line.
The Belgian Pavilion has a flexible layout. The ground floor provides visitors with various fast food stalls with Belgian specialties such as fries and waffles, and two stores that sell Belgian chocolate and souvenirs. The offices and other areas for staff are located on the first floor. On the second floor you can visit the exhibition spaces devoted to mobility-inspired scenography. Scenography agency Krafthaus cooperated with BelExpo to create a space that is both interesting and playful. The restaurant, business center and VIP room are located on the third floor. The restaurant is partly opened to the outdoors and our 220 guests will be able to enjoy the pleasant climate in Dubai during the time of the exhibition. The business center offers the possibility to organize events for around 130 people in a theater / auditorium configuration.
Another great asset to our Belgian Pavilion is the rooftop, designed as a host for many different occasions.
Events and interesting dates
BelExpo will organize a large number of workshops, seminars, conferences and networking events in the various spaces of the Pavilion. Partners from the Belgian public sector, the official authorities and representatives from the private sector will be hosting these events.
The Belgian national day is on February 5, 2021. On that day Belgium will be put in the spotlight by Expo 2020 Dubai. The program in the Belgian Pavilion will be particularly interesting that day.
The Brussels, Walloon and Flemish governments will each organize a week long activity program that reflects their own identity. The Brussels-Capital Region is highlighted from 6 to 12 December 2020, the Flemish Region from 13 to 19 December and the Walloon Region from 24 to 30 January 2021. All of these events involve celebrities, star chefs from world-famous restaurants and different cultural players.