The Malta Independent 15 October 2021, Friday

Malta’s pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 nears completion

Tuesday, 21 September 2021, 13:36 Last update: about 24 days ago

The Malta Pavilion at the Dubai Expo 2020 is nearing completion, as it prepares to welcome dignitaries, businessmen and tourists from all over the world.

The Dubai Expo, which was postponed from last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will open its doors to the world on 1st October, aiming at ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’ through sustainability, mobility, and opportunity. The latter will see the Expo Village divided into three sub-districts with 192 countries.

Malta’s theme is ‘Connecting Cultures, Generating Opportunities’, showcasing what the country has to offer, including a thriving economy, industry incentives, business opportunities, cultural and historical diversity and tourism. 

“This is an opportunity for our country to show to the world what we can offer. We want to use this platform to attract new opportunities for our country. This Expo is offering Malta an opportunity to showcase our unique identity and propositions. We are ‘Connecting Cultures, Generating Opportunities’ to show the elements that we embrace: our history, our culture, our lifestyle, our work ethic and much more. We look forward to being part of this world gathering that will inspire people and help create a better future”, Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Sustainable Development Miriam Dalli said during a visit to Malta’s pavilion.

Malta’s pavilion is situated in the Opportunity District, close to the UAE pavilion. Spread over two floors, the pavilion will welcome the visitors into four zones: tourism, investment and trade, innovation and creativity and lifestyle. The second floor includes a conference room, a meeting room, a boardroom and break out areas.

Accompanied by Malta’s Ambassador to the UAE Maria Camilleri Calleja, Commissioner General of Malta for Expo 2020 Dubai Anthony Tabone and Deputy Commissioner General of Malta for Expo 2020 Dubai Antoinette Catania, Minister Miriam Dalli met Mr Omar Shehadeh, International Participants Operation Chief Officer, Mr Andre Dourado, Director International Participants, and John Addo-Obiri, Senior Country Manager.

Held every five years over a 6-month period the Expo is the largest international event in terms of scale, duration and visitors’ attendance. It is a global gathering of nations that will focus on specific themes linked to human development and highlights scientific, technological, economic, and social progress.

Malta has so far participated in three expos since the year 2000 and this will be the second time it will host its own pavilion, with a programme full of events spread over the whole six months.

Whilst in Dubai, the minister also met with the Chief Executive Officer of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA), Mr Saeed Mohamed Ahma Al Tayer. They discussed the path to decarbonisation and the different ways in which the two countries can cooperate. Minister Dalli reiterated Malta’s position to reach decarbonisation by 2050 as they spoke about the latest technologies that are being rolled out and how the two countries can share expertise on different technologies.

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