Blueprint for Monaco Pavilion at EXPO Dubai 2020 unveiled

Polygon construction will showcase Principality’s diversity

This past Monday, January 20 was the second gathering to present the plans of the Monaco Pavilion at the EXPO 2020 in Dubai, UAE, scheduled from October 20, 2020 through April 10, 2021.

Albert Croesi, Managing Director of Monaco Inter Expo (MIE), outlined the roadmap for the Principality’s participation in the world fair to the political, economic and cultural partners.

Among the dignitaries present were Mireille Pettiti, President of Monaco Inter Expo, and Isabelle Bonnal, Director of National Education Youth and Sport.

“Dubai 2020 is tomorrow,” said Croesi to raise awareness among participants for the need to quickly confirm their respective agenda for their involvement in this important worldwide event. He outlined the progress of the Pavilion site and its future stages such as commissioning of solar panels in April, interior design in June, and rehearsal day with visitors by mid-October 2020.

A world fair is a platform for nations to come together under one roof to share achievements with one another. EXPO Dubai will feature pavilions from countries all over the world, coming together in peace, providing information about their citizens and culture. It was believed that with the arrival of the Internet this kind of expositions have fallen out of style, but recent ones have been very successful with millions of attendees.

Monaco 360 – A World of Opportunities

The Monaco Pavilion is made up of various stations: Penguins, Digital Transition, Anse du Portier, Explorations, Tropical Corals, Interactive Bench, SMEG and its smart city, Art & Culture. A mini pavilion within the large one will present art and culture with spectacles by the Ballets of Monte-Carlo, the Philharmonic Orchestra, the Musicians of the Prince, the Petits Chanteurs de Monaco, as well as art exhibitions by well known Monegasque artists, and fashion shows organized by the Chambre Monegasque de la Mode.

Albert Croesi said: “This space has been planned to allow them to present to thousands of visitors. We are talking about 50,000 visitors expected per week, or 1.250 million expected throughout the Expo!

The Monaco Pavilion will be 1,700 m2 will have a polygonal format symbolizing all the facets of the Principality, notably its engagement for the protection of the environment.   Photovoltaic panels will ensure its energetic autonomy and will be equipped with a recyclable central for gray waters.

Inspired by the ‘Rock of Monaco’, this gem-like, polygonal pavilion will take visitors on a multi-sensory journey through mirrored exhibition spaces, replicating the sights and smells of the French Riviera.

The building has been conceived on multiple levels to replicate the winding streets of Monaco.The structure will feature two main exhibition areas. The ‘Garden of Opportunities’ includes a variety of interactive experiences that will bring to life Monaco’s warm, sunny climate. Visitors will then enter the ‘Kaleidoscope’, which will showcase the country’s art, culture, innovation, history, and of course gastronomy through the installation of a Café de Paris Monte-Carlo with 60 places.  Many collector articles will be for sale in limited series, such as Monte-Carlo Country Club tennis racquets, miniature cars of first F1 that won the Monaco GP, Olympic flames, or the Pavilion commemorative stamps.

Facts on the Monaco Pavilion

  • More than 100 workers per day and 22,000 hours already worked
  • 108 m3 of concrete for the slab
  • 180 days of construction
  • 300 m2 of solar panels for 51 kWp installed
  • 70 people will be working on site

In parallel a small replica of the Monaco Pavilion will be erected on the Quai Albert 1er, in the Principality, so visitors will be able to connect simultaneously with the Pavilion in Dubai to be presented in 3D.

Facts on Expo Dubai 2020

  • 25 million visitors expected
  • 4.4 km2 in area
  • 192 participating countries
  • Over 9,000 events
  • Entry price Euro 30 per day

Expo 2020 Dubai will host the countries of the world during 173 days, each one brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun.

The EXPO Dubai 2020 program will be structured weekly around major current issues:

  • November 1-7, 2020 – Climate
  • November 22-28, 2020 – Urban development & cities
  • December 1-7, 2020 – Travel & Exploration
  • January 8-14, 2021 – Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS)
  • January 22-28, 2021 – Health & Wellness
  • February 1-7, 2021 – Innovation
  • February 22-28, 2021 – Agriculture & livestock development
  • March 8-14, 2021 – Women & Girls
  • March 22-28, 2021 – Water

International Day celebrations will be observed:

  • November 16 – International Day for Tolerance
  • November 20 – Universal Children’s Day
  • December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities
  • December 5 – International Volunteers Day
  • December 10 – Human Rights Day
  • December 18 – Arabic Language Day
  • January 24 – International Day of Education
  • March 3 – World Wildlife Day
  • March 8 – International Day of Happiness
  • March 22 – World Water Day
  • April 7 – World Health Day
  • April 8-10 – Expo Live Global Innovator Summit
  • April 17-19 – Global Education Summit

Today’s Quote

“If you don’t know the guy on the other side of the world, love him anyway because he’s just like you. He has the same dreams, the same hopes and fears. It’s one world, pal. We’re all neighbors.” Frank Sinatra

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