The construction work of the Moroccan pavilion on the site of the international exhibition “Expo 2020 Dubai”, were launched Sunday in the locality of Jebel Ali.
The first universal exhibition organized in the Middle East, this “celebration of human ingenuity” to be held from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021 on the theme “Connect minds, build the future” will be organized around three sub-themes “Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity”, highlighting issues that participating countries will be asked to think about together to determine tomorrow’s development models.
Built on a plot of nearly 1,500 m² in the “Opportunity” district, 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 construction 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, creating pavilions that celebrate the historical and heritage dimension of its culture. The present pavilion, while being part of this tradition, nevertheless adopts a new bias and poses the voice from Morocco otherwise, in a contemporary debate focused on sustainable development at regional and international level in the wake of the vision of HM King Mohammed VI,” Bakkoury said on this occasion.
The edition of Dubai, which will involve the participation of 190 countries, will highlight the peculiarities of the economy and culture of Morocco and the developments that these sectors have experienced in recent years, thanks to the vision of HM the King, he added.
According to Mr. 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. It will offer visitors several spaces including more than a dozen rooms reserved for the permanent exhibition, a shop, 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.