THE COUNTDOWN IS ON: ONE YEAR TO GO UNTIL THE GERMAN PAVILION IN DUBAI OPENS ITS DOORS
CONSTRUCTION ON CAMPUS GERMANY IN FULL SWING EXPO STAFF RECRUITMENT TO START SOON
Organizers are expecting 25 million visits, 70% from overseas, when the EXPO site in Dubai opens for the first time one year from now. By then, the CAMPUS GERMANY construction site, currently a hive of activity, will have been transformed into a one-of-a-kind exhibition where the focus will be very much on educational content and visitor experience. During the six months of the EXPO, from 20 October 2020 to 10 April 2021, the German Pavilion will be a place that brings people together. Ensuring that happens will be the task of a team of around 180 staff, who will be recruited in a selection process to start soon.
The German EXPO team marked the start of construction on CAMPUS GERMANY with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony in April. Discussing how things have progressed since then, Commissioner General Dietmar Schmitz reports, “The project has been running smoothly. Construction is going exceedingly well and we’re right on schedule.” The content of the German Pavilion is also shaping up. Schmitz, who has been closely involved with the German presence at world exhibitions for many years, continues: “The exhibition design promises great things. CAMPUS GERMANY will be a fascinating and unforgettable experience for all our visitors. The exhibits are unique and their interactive character will create an entertaining visitor journey with a few surprises along the way.” Frankfurt-based agency VOSS+FISCHER is currently busy developing the cultural programme and selecting artists. Their “Culture Lab” will host a variety of dance, visual arts, games, science, sport and music sessions.
The EXPO team plans to hold a topping-out ceremony on the 4,600m² plot in March 2020, by when the shell of the CAMPUS GERMANY building is scheduled to be completed. Once the EXPO starts, 300,000 people per day will be able to visit the grounds and over 30,000 volunteers will be working on site.
The German Pavilion will be located in the district focusing on sustainability – one of the three major spotlight themes along with mobility and opportunity. “On their journey through CAMPUS GERMANY, our visitors will engage with key questions raised by the EXPO theme. And they’ll be able to take away ideas they can apply in their own lives to help shape a sustainable future,” explains Schmitz. Germany uses its participation in expos, he adds, as a way of looking to tomorrow to develop ideas for solutions to the questions that concern us today in the fields of science, technology and research. “At EXPOS, he says, “we come together to tackle problems that affect the whole world in our age of globalization. Germany’s contribution to this effort will be unforgettable.”
Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse, also has great expectations as he counts down the days until the EXPO starts. “Our team at Koelnmesse is already looking forward to the day when the EXPO opens in a year’s time and to sharing views and experiences with visitors, partners and media from around the globe,” he comments. But there are still some major milestones to cross before, including the recruitment in Germany and Dubai of around 180 staff for the EXPO team. Candidates for these positions will be able to apply soon. The posts will be advertised at www.expo2020germany.de. In August 2020, the CAMPUS GERMANY team will move to Dubai, where the final preparations will be made and any remaining details organised. “And then, finally, it’ll be time to get started,” says Dietmar Schmitz, looking forward – just like the rest of the team – to the big day.