A design combining nature and innovation has been revealed for Expo 2020 Dubai’s Belarus Pavilion.
Themed as ‘Forest of Future Technology’, the pavilion is inspired by Belarusian forests and natural resources, and will showcase “how collective growth leads to fresh opportunity”, according to a statement by Expo 2020 Dubai.
Belarus was the first country to pick a national pavilion site at Expo 2020 Dubai, according to a statement by Embassy of the Republic of Belarus in the UAE, and was among the first states to sign a participation agreement for the world expo on 19 October, 2017.
In March 2018, belarus.by reported that the 1,200m2 Belarus Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai would be larger than the country's previous similar facilities at world expos in Astana and Milan.
Innovation and sustainability will be key areas of focus for the facility, which Belarus will achieve by “focusing on investment and creativity”.
The Belarus Pavilion will be located within Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opportunity Thematic District, and communicate the idea that “trees in a forest grow stronger and live longer when they stand together”. Belarus will expand the idea to showcase that “anything is possible when minds connect in the same way”.
Belarus’s pavilion will bring “the look, feel, and smell of its primeval forests to the UAE” when Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors on 20 October, 2020. Illuminated green ‘shoots’ will light up its main entrance, and the “elaborate structure” will resemble what the world expo’s organiser defined as “a self-sufficient living organism”.
Forest of Future Technology, as the message of the pavilion, will include the presentation of “innovative solutions to global problems”, as well as “new paths to individual expression and fresh ideas for collective missions”, Expo 2020 Dubai said.
According to the belarus.by report in March 2018, senior counselor at the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs' directorate for coordination of foreign economic activity, Yevgeny Lazarev, said the total height of Belarus Pavilion would be "comparable to that of a seven-storey building".
"This is quite a large and spacious facility with enough room for a great number of exhibits that could tell a lot about Belarus,” Lazarev said at the time.