Luxembourg became the first foreign nation to break ground for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday 29 April 2018, when Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Étienne Schneider held an official ground-breaking ceremony on the site of the next World Expo in Dubai.
Luxembourg leads the expected 180 countries that are anticipated to take part in the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
Luxembourg’s preparations for Expo 2020 were already impressively advanced – it was the first country to sign an Official Participation Contract for Expo in October 2017, with several members of its Royal Family attending the ceremony.
His Excellency Etienne Schneider was joined at Sunday’s ground-breaking ceremony by Her Excellency Maggy Nagel, General Commissioner of the Luxembourg Pavilion and President of the Board of Management of Luxembourg @ Expo 2020 Dubai and Her Excellency Elisabeth Cardoso, Luxembourg’s Ambassador to the UAE. Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, was also in attendance.
His Excellency Etienne Schneider said: “This Pavilion will be a wonderful opportunity for us to promote what our country stands for – innovation and sustainable development. It will have an eye-catching design that will appeal to all ages and interests, and we hope it will be a major attraction for the millions of people attending Expo 2020. We are delighted to be the first foreign nation to break ground for its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.”
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali added: “We congratulate our friends from Luxembourg on being the first nation to pass this important landmark in the Expo 2020 Dubai journey.
Press release by the Ministry of the Economy