Official groundbreaking ceremony marks beginning of construction work on German Pavilion in Dubai

At today’s groundbreaking ceremony on the plot of the German Pavilion, Commissioner General Dietmar Schmitz was joined by the German Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, Ernst Peter Fischer, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse GmbH – the company tasked with organising and running the German Pavilion – Gerald Böse, and the Executive Director of the Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, to officially mark the start of the construction of the pavilion. They were assisted by representatives of the German Pavilion Consortium, which will be bringing the pavilion to life on the almost 4,600m² plot in the coming months. NUSSLI Adunic are responsible for the building work; the facts and fiction agency is in charge of the exhibition. The architecture has been designed by LAVA.

During the ten months of planning and permit applications in the run-up to the groundbreaking ceremony, the German Pavilion team were in close contact with the Expo 2020 Bureau. Commissioner General Schmitz made a point of thanking the Bureau for making this collaboration a positive experience, saying

“I’m confident everything will go as planned and be finished on time for Expo 2020. And one of the reasons for my optimism is the excellent professional support we have received from the Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau so far.”

Visitors to the German Pavilion, CAMPUS GERMANY, can expect a wealth of ideas, projects and innovations linked to the sustainability theme. Some of the exhibition content that has already been chosen was presented to media representatives and other guests after the ceremony. The pavilion team also addressed the sustainability of the building, explaining how the architects and planners had given a lot of thought to ensuring minimal use of materials and maximum post-expo re-usability. For more information, take a look at our press release.