Netherlands begins construction of its Expo 2020 pavilion

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Netherlands begins construction of its Expo 2020 pavilion
Hans Sandee and Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali at the groundbreaking ceremony today in Dubai. - Supplied photo

Published: Tue 25 Jun 2019, 4:16 PM

Last updated: Tue 25 Jun 2019, 7:06 PM

Netherlands kicked off construction of the Expo 2020 Dutch Pavilion in Dubai today. The innovative groundbreaking ceremony gave a sneak preview into Dutch innovations as a symbol of innovation and connection.
Dutch Consul General and Commissioner-General, Hans Sandee, presented on behalf of the Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, Sigrid Kaag, a bottle of water harvested from air in the Netherlands to Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai. The presentation of the harvested water embodies the theme of the Dutch participation 'Uniting Water Food and Energy', reflecting Dutch innovations and knowledge in these areas.
"It is important to realise our responsibility towards our planet and future generations. By showcasing home-grown solutions that link the issues of water, energy and food, we are keen to contribute to Expo 2020 Dubai" said Minister Sigrid Kaag, in a speech which was broadcast at the Pavilion's groundbreaking ceremony in Dubai, in the presence of high level representatives of EXPO 2020, V8 Architects and Dutch companies contributing to the Expo 2020.
"Today's groundbreaking ceremony and this unique bottle of water harvested from air reflects the Netherlands' innovative approach to Expo 2020 Dubai. We look forward to continuing to work with the Dutch team and seeing what other exciting technologies will feature in the Dutch pavilion at Expo 2020," said Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, executive director of Expo 2020 Dubai. - 

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