Construction of the French pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is now complete


Construction of the French pavilion on the Expo 2020 Dubai site is complete. The pavilion’s closing ceremony brought together Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and Director General of the Expo 2020 Dubai office, and Franck Riester, French Minister for Foreign Trade and economic attractiveness.
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Dubai: The final garden of trees – an acacia arabica – was planted on the promenade of the France Pavilion on Thursday to mark the completion of the pavilion construction at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The event was attended by Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, and Franck Riester, French Minister Delegate for Foreign Trade and Economic Attractiveness , which were welcomed by Erik Linquier, Commissioner General for France. at Expo 2020 Dubai and Chairman of Cofrex (Compagnie Française des Expositions).

According to the organizers, the French Pavilion should unveil the route of its visitors on April 26, before the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai on October 1.

French stroll

One of the highlights of the French Pavilion is its esplanade promenade which has been designed as a stroll (lounge) and relaxation area for visitors, adorned with endemic trees.

The pavilion was inaugurated in May last year in the presence of Elisabeth Borne, former French Minister of Transport. The architects were Jean-Luc Perez and Bernard Mauplot (Atelier du Prado Architects) and Jacob Celnikier and Pascal Grabli (Celnikier & Grabli Architects).

Also attending Thursday’s inauguration: Amélia Lakrafi, Member of Parliament (French National Assembly) and President of the France-Emirates Friendship Group at the French National Assembly; Xavier Chatel, Ambassador of France to the United Arab Emirates, and Consul General of France Raja Rabia.

First in the Arab world

Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. , and the first to be hosted by an Arab country.

Al Hashimy said earlier: “Hosting the first global exhibition in the region embodies the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, for the country to become a world center of enlightenment. , creativity, innovation and human coexistence. “

“We’re now a few months away from welcoming the world and launching a platform for collaboration, when it’s needed most. Armed with the UAE’s spirit of hope and optimism, we will work with our partners to deliver concrete solutions to real-life challenges. Expo 2020 will contribute to the strategy of the UAE leadership, strengthening the nation’s position as a country that pushes boundaries and achieves things others deem impossible, ”she added.


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