As part of an official visit to the United Arab Emirates, President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and First Lady Olena Zelenska visited Expo 2020 in Dubai, the opening of which was postponed to October 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The President got himself acquainted with the presentation of the national pavilion and exposition of Ukraine.
The event was attended by the UAE Minister of Economy and other officials of this country who spoke about the importance of cooperation in trade, including agricultural products.
“It is very important for Ukraine to be highly represented at an exposition of this level. We are among the largest exporters of agricultural products in the world and make a significant contribution to food security in many countries,” Volodymyr Zelenskyy noted.
The Ukrainian pavilion will start working in test mode in early August 2021.
This building has a total area of 2600 square meters (4 floors and 15 meters high). It will be decorated using Ukrainian style and ornament, and the architectural image of the pavilion embodies the idea of an ear of wheat.
Secretary of the Coordinating Committee for the preparation and ensuring Ukraine’s participation in “Expo-2020” Alina Shyshkina noted: “The idea is that a wheat grain planted in the ground is the beginning of a new life, and an ear filled with these grains is new ideas, thoughts, people who unite in an ear. It is an allegory of new thinking. We want to unite people around global issues and how to live, hear and feel smart today. After all, the theme of our pavilion is called “Smart Ukraine: Uniting the World”.
She stressed that the main goal is to rebrand Ukraine as a reliable partner country, with which you want to work, trade and which you want to see with your own eyes.
At the entrance to the pavilion there will be a wheat field in the form of a map of Ukraine. Ears will be transformed from natural wheat into nanowheat made of LED fiber.
“In fact, this is an allegory of the transformation of Ukraine. From agro-hubs to blockchains – such Ukraine is presented by our pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai,” the President said.
The pavilion will also have areas dedicated to culture and contemporary Ukrainian art to show the creativity and innovation of Ukrainians.
The President also got himself acquainted with the exposition of the Sustainability Pavilion dedicated to the issues of effective and rational solution of global problems of sustainable development of the planet. The pavilion raises the issue of Earth’s pollution and urges visitors to preserve the ecosystem of our planet – reducing food waste, avoiding the use of disposable plastic, polyethylene.
The President watched the thematic sections of the pavilion dedicated to the fight against global climate change, the potential of using solar energy, efficient use of water resources, new ways of sustainable development.