The construction work of the Moroccan Pavilion on the site of the international exhibition “Expo 2020 Dubai”, was launched on July 21, 2019, on the site of the Salon located in the locality of Jebel Ali.
First World Expo organized in the Middle East, this “celebration of human ingenuity” to be held from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021 around the theme “Connecting the Spirits, Building the Future” will be divided into three sub-themes, “Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity”, highlighting the issues that participating countries will be asked to think about together to think about the development models of tomorrow.
Constructed from organic materials, including 2,500 tonnes of stone and 111 km of woven rope, the “Opportunities” district, which will host the Morocco Pavilion, will help its visitors discover how individual decisions can affect global causes.
Visitors will be able to embark on fun trips illustrating the Sustainable Development Goals, an international framework setting 17 goals for a better world, such as the elimination of poverty and the guarantee of clean and accessible water for all.
Built on a plot of almost 1,500 m², the Moroccan pavilion will convey the image of a Morocco “rich in talent, source of inspiration and land of opportunity”. The architecture of the Pavilion combines modernity and tradition with a building that, while being at the forefront of construction techniques, is inspired by ancestral methods of building earth like some Moroccan villages.
The kick-off of the works was overseen by Mustapha Bakkoury, Commissioner General of the Moroccan Section at the Exhibition and Mohamed Ait Ouali, Ambassador of Morocco to the United Arab Emirates.
“Morocco has participated in the Universal Exhibitions since 1867, by creating pavilions that celebrated the historical and patrimonial dimension of its culture. This pavilion, while falling within this tradition, nevertheless adopts a new bias and lays the voice of Morocco differently, in a contemporary debate focused on sustainable development at regional and international level in the wake of the vision of SM King Mohammed VI,” said Bakkoury on this occasion.
The edition of Dubai, which will involve the participation of 190 countries, will highlight the peculiarities of the economy and culture in Morocco and the developments that these sectors have experienced in recent years, thanks to the vision clairvoyant of HM the King, he added.
According to Bakkoury, the Moroccan Pavilion, located in a strategic location within the “Opportunity” district, will reflect, by its architecture and the activities it will house, the different incarnations of the cultural and civilizational landscape of ancestral Morocco. This Pavilion will offer visitors several spaces including more than a dozen rooms reserved for the permanent exhibition, a boutique, a gourmet restaurant, a fast food restaurant and a tea room. A ramping path around a patio will give access to different spaces that will highlight all the know-how, potential and diversity of Morocco.
With more than 25 million visits expected, the participation of Morocco will have a certain impact and contribute to the economic and cultural influence of the Kingdom while marking a new anchor of fraternal relations between Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.