By Zimbabwe Commissioner General Ambassador Mary Mubi
As the doors open to the general public on 1 October 2020, signaling the commencement of the much awaited World Expo, Zimbabwe’s participation at Expo2020 Dubai, UAE, has generated a lot of interest to the world.
The pavilion is one of the most visible and well dressed in the Opportunities district, located at the epicenter of the Expo site closer to the United Emirates Pavilion and the much talked about Al Wasl Plaza which will host the official opening and country National Day’s. Continued coordination between the Expo Team and Team Zimbabwe saw the pavilion being one of the first to reach completion level ahead of the official opening and highly commended for its level of organization and smooth flow of the storyline.
The pavilion is easily identified by the facades dressed by the Mighty Victoria falls, Great Zimbabwe monument and the capital city Harare bold pictures.
These are complemented by an array of pictures of the people of Zimbabwe which brings ambience
to the external facade that has been described by many as one of the most attractive in the district.
A warm welcome into the pavilion’s Zone 1 is captivated by the Great Zimbabwe stone outlook, well lit chevron pattern pictures of history of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe name boldly prescribed in rich pure copper, the coat of arms in pure mineral mould and the portrait and other several artifacts brought to the pavilion by the advance preparatory team.
Static and directional light well distributed in the pavilion has enhanced the ambience of the pavilion.
A glimpse of the Majestic Victoria Falls located in Zone Two (Our Rich and Fertile Lands) is captured whilst one is still in Zone One. Well lit agricultural cone, mining tower, tourism chevrons, industry and commerce chevron frames, several digital display screens furnished with headphones, wildlife and seed display units all have been viewed as the major attractions in this zone.
A well-arranged array of interchangeable picture frames in Zone 3 defined as Our People, comes in with a show case of the hardworking and resilient people of Zimbabwe above a seating area that offer a mini resting point.
Zone 4, the biggest zone has been viewed by many as the key to the unrolling of projects that complement Vision 2030. A combination of digital screens, communication tablets, digital Zimbabwe Map and other well lit chevron picture frames have enhanced ambience and visitor preference before one exits the pavilion.
The entire pavilion has a savanna background that creates a neutral outlook throughout the flow of spaces.
The Zimbabwe pavilion is set to attract a lot of visitors as it is strategically located closer to key nodes such as the Al Wasl Plaza and the Emirates Pavilion.
The theme of the Expo is ‘Connecting the minds, creating the future’ and Zimbabwe is participating under the theme: Zimbabwe- the Land of Great Opportunities as we seek to attain an Upper Middle Economy
Expo 2020 Dubai- Zimbabwe Commissioner General Ambassador Mary Mubi
Issued: 30 September 2021