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On 1 October 2021, EXPO 2020 kicked off in the United Arab Emirates with the motto “Connecting Minds, Creating Future”. Here is an overview.

EXPO 2020 in Dubai finally opened its doors on 1 October 2021. Photo: Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai

With a delay of about one year, EXPO 2020 with the motto “Connecting Minds, Creating Future” started in the United Arab Emirates on 1 October 2021. The German pavilion is designed as a kind of stacked knowledge campus. Read more here.

Originally, EXPO 2020 was supposed to open about a year ago, but Covid-19 famously threw a wrench in that date. So, almost a year late, EXPO in Dubai opened its doors on 1 October 2021 and will run until 31 March 2022. 25 million visitors are expected for the world exhibition in the desert.

On the almost 440 hectares of the event site in the southwest of Dubai, more than 200 participants, including over 190 nations, will present themselves with sometimes more, sometimes less elaborate pavilions and information stands. The motto, which incidentally is the first country exhibition in an Arab country, is: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. The world exhibition will focus on three main themes: sustainability, mobility and opportunities.

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The German Pavilion at EXPO 2020

The German Pavilion is called “Campus Germany”, is the responsibility of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi) and can be found in the “Sustainability” theme area of this year’s EXPO. It is constructed as an ensemble of various cubic structures that enclose a roofed atrium and are intended to reflect Germany’s federalism, among other things.

The atrium connects the levels of the pavilion where visitors move through their curriculum. In the spirit of a university campus, they are “enrolled” at the entrance and then explore the three thematic areas in the German Sustainability Pavilion on energy, cities and biodiversity. At the end, a graduation ceremony awaits the visitors in the “Graduation Hall”.

Tickets and prices

A day ticket costs about 24 euros, a multi-day ticket for 30 consecutive days costs about 48 euros. Access for the full six months of the Expo is available for about 122 euros. Children up to the age of 17, senior citizens over 60, students and people with disabilities are admitted free of charge. A vaccination certificate or PCR test is required for access to the site.

The German Pavilion – exterior view. Photo: © German Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai / Björn Lauen

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The pavilion at night. Photo: © German Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai / Björn Lauen

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