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Switzerland reaffirms support for success of Expo 2020 Dubai

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The Expo 2020 offers a significant opportunity for the Swiss Pavilion to showcase Switzerland’s technological expertise. WAM

Switzerland has reaffirmed its commitment to the success of the Expo 2020 Dubai, which will run from Oct.1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, and marks one year to go to the upcoming World Expo.

On this occasion, the Swiss Pavilion is taking part in the first Pre-Expo event on Oct.5 and 6, 2020, which will be dedicated to space.

With one year to go to the mega-event, the UAE is ready to host the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.

UAE federal government and local organisations are ready to receive more than 190 countries, and are waiting to welcome millions of visitors to a site that combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge technologies - a meeting point for “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

With 365 days until Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors to the world, Dubai is ready to bring the world together and the excitement is building.

In October next year, the UAE will welcome the world to a global mega-event that aims to reconnect people, cultures and society following the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Expo offers a significant opportunity for the Swiss Pavilion to showcase Switzerland’s technological expertise and to promote Switzerland as a fertile ground for scientific research and innovation.

In this regard, the Swiss Pavilion joins the Pre-Expo Space Week, the first online event of the programme series ahead of next year’s Expo.

“Switzerland is not only a tech nation, but also a space nation. The Pre-Expo Space Week is an excellent opportunity to highlight Switzerland’s strength in innovation, research and education in the field of space,” said Manuel Salchli, Commissioner General of the Swiss Pavilion and Chairman of the Steering Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Swiss Pavilion has partnered with the EPFL Space Centre, at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Lausanne (EPFL) to put forward leading projects of the Swiss space scene such as the Swiss startup ClearSpace. This spin-off of the EPFL has just begun on building the first satellite that can capture and deorbit space debris.

The European Space Agency has entrusted ClearSpace to lead a European consortium that will develop technologies for more sustainable activities in space.

The Expo is also an important economic platform: the Swiss Pavilion will turn on the spotlight on Swiss companies and the tourism sector to promote the country?s economic capacity and attractiveness in the UAE, which is Switzerland’s foremost trading partner in the Middle East.

The Swiss Pavilion relies on a public-private partnership model, including partners: Schindler, Rolex, Switzerland Tourism, Clariant, Novartis, Nestle Middle East and North Africa and KGS Diamond Group - and suppliers.

The selected project ‘Reflection’ was designed by the Swiss project team OOS (architecture, general planning), Bellprat Partner (scenography) and Lorenz Eugster Landscaping (landscape architecture), and built by ExpoMobilia. With one year to go to the mega-event, the UAE is ready to host the first World expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. UAE federal government and local organisations are ready to receive more than 190 countries, and are waiting to welcome millions of visitors to a site that combines inspiring architecture with cutting-edge technologies - a meeting point for “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.

In October 2021, the UAE will welcome the world to a global mega-event that aims to reconnect people, cultures and society following the COVID-19 pandemic. Featuring a spectacular calendar of daily events and programming, a rich variety of global cuisine, and a once-in-a-lifetime showcase of arts, architecture, entertainment, culture and technology, expo 2020 will pay tribute to the resilience of humanity, its ability to innovate, and its pursuit of optimism in the face of adversity.

Progress at Expo 2020 has continued at pace. More than 210 million work hours have been completed on the site and all permanent expo-led construction is complete. Fit-out, landscaping, and construction of Country Pavilions will conclude at the end of the year.

Reviewing progress and preparations toward the major international event, leaders of Dubai and the UAE’s public and private sectors have confirmed the UAE’s and Dubai’s readiness to hosting this mega event and its visitors from all around the world.

Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, Chairman of Dubai Airports, and Chairman of the expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: “In just one year’s time, as the UAE celebrate its Golden Jubilee and we look ahead to the next 50 years of our nation, we will be bringing the world together for an unparalleled World expo, anchored in the values of solidarity, cooperation and creativity.

These values have been the pillars of our successful economic model, which has never stopped adapting to world changes during the past few decades. expo 2020 Dubai will be a major milestone in our development journey and will be followed by similarly ambitious projects.

WAM


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