Construction of external structure for Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, complete

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Construction of the external structure for the Austria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is now complete. The construction process was taking place under the UAE authorities’ health and safety rules for construction sites in Dubai in context of the pandemic.

The ground-breaking ceremony on the 2,400 square metre plot that is home to the Austria Pavilion was held in October 2019, and the first of 38 cones that form the pavilion was completed in spring 2020. The cones have a diameter of 7 metres at the base, are between 6 and 15 metres high and intersect one another to form space sequences of varying sizes. A total of 246 prefabricated elements were connected by couplings to form the 38 cones. This will make disassembly after use easy, and will allow reassembly at a different location.

According to Austria’s Commissioner General Beatrix Karl, construction of the external structure was phase 1 of the project and phase two will last until the beginning of 2021. “The exhibits, fittings, and furnishings will be installed in plenty of time before the opening,” he added.

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Expo 2020 Dubai opportunities

Austria sees Expo 2020 Dubai as an opportunity to bring the world together following the impact of the current pandemic. “We must now take action beyond national borders and across the relevant disciplines to build a robust recovery together,” said Margarete Schramboeck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs.

She added that the World Expo next year will offer a unique platform for addressing open issues, potential solutions, and experiences gained during the global crisis and for drawing important conclusions. “Austria will present itself as a reliable business partner and innovation hub in challenging times,” said Minister Schramboeck.

Expo 2020 Dubai was postponed to October 2021 due to the corona virus pandemic.