Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima have officially opened The Netherlands Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai during The Netherlands’ national day on November 3rd 2021. They have been accompanied by foreign trade and development minister Tom de Bruijn, who will be leading a simultaneous trade mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), focusing on sustainable urban development.
Nearly 50 Dutch companies from the water, sustainable energy, food, urban development and logistics sectors are participating in the trade mission. ‘I’m pleased that so many Dutch entrepreneurs see opportunities for growth here,’ Mr De Bruijn says. ‘There’s great demand in the Gulf region for sustainable solutions in these sectors. For instance, ways to grow crops using less water. Our companies have a lot to offer, and Expo – and The Netherlands Pavilion – offers them a fantastic podium to showcase themselves to the Gulf region and the rest of the world. The Dutch government is keen to help them capitalise on this opportunity.’
At their visit they paid special attention to The Netherlands Pavilion, which is designed as a circular climate system, a biotope. It showcases Dutch expertise in the areas of water, energy and food. Our sheet piles are being used in this construction as well and visitors can see how solar energy is used to harvest water from the desert air, so that the plants in the pavilion can grow. All the materials that were used in building the pavilion are also a good example of sustainable and circular approaches to construction.
As we have pointed out a few times before, our sheet piles can be re-used in different kinds of construction works. Therefore, they are sustainable and have a circular life span for more than 100 years!
We hope that their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima had a pleasant stay in Dubai and a great visit to the pavilion!
Source: Dutch Dubai