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UK supports UAE for delivering Expo 2020

The central theme of the UAE pavilion is 'Food for Thought' encouraging visitors to reflect and address the challenges of sustainability in water, food and energy.



By Staff Report

Published: Fri 19 Jun 2015, 10:44 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 3:18 PM

Dubai: The UK minister of state for trade and investment, Francis Maude, visited the UAE Pavilion at the Milan Expo, and stressed the UK’s commitment to supporting the UAE to deliver Dubai Expo 2020.

Maude also highlighted the UK Export Finance’s offer of $500 million to help finance the project. During his tour of the UAE pavilion — which was designed by UK architects Foster + Partners — the Minister saw several exhibitors at the pavilion including Emirates airline, Etihad Airways, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, Dubai Municipality, the Department of Economic Development in Dubai, and etisalat.

The central theme of the UAE pavilion is ‘Food for Thought’ encouraging visitors to reflect and address the challenges of sustainability in water, food and energy. Foster + Partners took their inspiration for the pavilion’s design from the evocative landscape and sustainable, traditional architecture of the UAE. The visitor experience was designed by UK creative design consultancy, Land Design Studio.

Speaking after the tour, Minister Maude said: “The UAE pavilion is breathtaking. I am proud that UK companies played a part in the creation of this innovative masterpiece. The UK’s public and early support for Dubai’s bid to host Expo 2020 was the first time we had ever come out publicly to support an Expo candidate city.

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