Emirates news agency – Royal visit crowns Netherlands National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai


DUBAI November 3, 2021 (WAM) –The Netherlands celebrated Expo 2020’s national day on Wednesday, with the visit of the Dutch monarchs, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima, accompanied by an eventful program cultural events and the official opening of the Dutch pavilion.

They were welcomed by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, General of Expo 2020 Dubai.

King Willem-Alexander praised the falcon-shaped flag of the United Arab Emirates: “It contains a quote from [His Highness] Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, first president of the United Arab Emirates. The message is, and I quote: “Unity is the path to strength, honor and the common good. I wish this country, which is celebrating its Golden Jubilee this year, a future filled with strength and honor. “

Sheikh Nahayan said: “The Netherlands theme, ‘Bringing together water, energy and food’ draws our attention to some of the most critical sustainable development goals and underlines the importance of an integrated approach. to find sustainable solutions to problems such as water scarcity, security and energy transition. The unique pavilion showcases innovative technologies and solutions to these global problems, and it aims to leave no carbon footprint behind, using local materials and reducing the need for transportation. After Expo 2020, the pavilion’s construction materials will be reused or recycled locally. “

Sheikh Nahayan explained how the United Arab Emirates and the Netherlands will continue to work together, in partnership with the Netherlands and Jordan as co-organizers of the Water, Energy and Food Summit, in January 2022.

Also present were Tom de Bruijn, Minister of Foreign Trade and Development, who heads a trade mission to the United Arab Emirates based on sustainable development, involving nearly 50 Dutch companies and Hans Sandee, Dutch Commissioner General at Expo 2020 Dubai and Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Dubai.

Sandee said: “Being a part of this exhibition gives us the perfect platform for the Netherlands to connect with Dubai, the United Arab Emirates and the rest of the world, uniting people, knowledge and ideas, while promoting the best innovations and sustainable development projects. country has to offer, especially in the areas of water, energy and food. “

The flag-raising ceremony was followed by a cultural performance featuring the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra and Dutch singer-songwriter Hind Laroussi.

Located in the Sustainability District, the Netherlands pavilion has its own climate system; and produces its own desert water using solar energy. In addition, it has a 17 meter high cone which is a vertical farm, supplying a variety of products including mushrooms. Mushrooms are part of the food and drink offer in the Netherlands and can also be used in building materials for floors and wall coverings.

One of the highlights of the day was “Airman” from Another Kind of Blue, the multimedia dance group. With members from the Netherlands – who have appeared on both Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent – the show features shadows, projections and motion capture, combining dancing with the use of drones to effect. strange visual, and an astonishing unison of man and machine. Visitors to the Expo had three opportunities to attend the show during the National Day at DEC, Hall 2A South.

‘Strandbeests’, the walking skeletons made from recycled yellow electrical pipes by Dutch artist Theo Jansen, which patrol the Expo site at different times of the day, once again made an appearance in honor of the national holiday of the Netherlands.

The Netherlands pavilion has also hosted events related to its youth and business programs, with guest speakers and members of the Dutch business community as well as young entrepreneurs.

National and Honor Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are times to celebrate each of the event’s more than 200 international participants, highlighting their culture and achievements.

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