Expo 2020 Dubai: Sheikh Mohammed visits Venezuela, Philippines, Portugal and DEWA pavilions

The Dubai Ruler tweets about global competition launched by DEWA for universities.

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Published: Fri 18 Mar 2022, 8:57 PM

Last updated: Fri 18 Mar 2022, 10:55 PM

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, Friday toured the pavilions of Venezuela, Philippines, Portugal and DEWA, at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Dubai Ruler was impressed by the clean energy and green hydrogen projects. “I was drawn to a global competition launched by DEWA for universities to transform traditional homes into homes based on solar energy,” Sheikh Mohammed tweeted.

During his visit to the Venezuelan Pavilion, His Highness was taken on an immersive journey of the country’s eight regions and its magnificent geographical and cultural heritage. In a space inspired by the great Venezuelan master of kinetic art Carlos Cruz-Diez, the pavilion with its colourful Shabono - inspired circular architecture and luminous central skylight brings the nation’s timeless collaborative spirit to Expo 2020 Dubai.


At the Philippines Pavilion, the Dubai Ruler was taken on an immersive trip through the nation’s aquatic wonderlands, an imaginative coral village packed with artistic wonders which convey a powerful message about safeguarding marine life. The pavilion’s bold, free-flowing design simulates the coral ecosystem, while light filtering and other effects lend it a magically oceanic feel. The pavilion reflects how Filipino culture embraces openness and meaningful encounters, connected around the world through travel, migration, and technology. The multi-level structure of the pavilion is built on the idea of connectivity and permeability, enabling visitors to experience the island nation and its resilient, creative people. It showcases a nation with millennia of history, a sustainable culture and a vibrant vision of its future.

At the Portugal pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed was briefed on its exhibits that highlight the human spirit through the diversity and inclusiveness of Portugal’s people. He was taken on a journey through the achievements of the Portuguese people, unveiling the world that exists within Portugal.

Sheikh Mohammed also visited the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA) Pavilion where he was received by Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director & CEO of DEWA. The Dubai Ruler was briefed on the pavilion’s exhibits that showcase DEWA’s efforts to contribute to making Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world through projects and initiatives, especially in clean, renewable and Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies, and become the world’s first digital utility.

DEWA’s Pavilion showcases its key projects and initiatives, including the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the Green Hydrogen project, Digital DEWA, its digital arm of DEWA, which aims to make DEWA the first digital utility in the world with autonomous systems for renewable energy and storage with the expansion in AI and digital services; and the 250MW hydroelectric pumped-storage power plant in Hatta, among others.

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