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08/10/2021

Dubai Expo 2020, in excess

On October 2, 2021 was inaugurated in Dubai, the France Pavilion, responsible for representing French design, architecture and know-how at the heart of a Universal Exhibition of more than 4 km 2 . This first universal exhibition to be built in the MEASA zone (Middle East, Africa and South-East Asia) is being held under the theme “Connecting minds, connecting the future” in the United Arab Emirates and the Vice-President and Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid welcomed Jean-Yves Le Drian, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Europe, to visit the spaces of the French pavilion.

Under a “felt” temperature of 48 °, the official delegations followed one another to congratulate themselves on the construction in record time, of 180 pavilions which had to demonstrate, as always, their performance and diligence to build, of which 13 were had recourse to the know-how of the French group Serge Ferrari to cover their structure. The French pavilion, a privileged partner, with a national day offered on the first day of the opening, deployed behind a wall 21 m high, with 2,500 m 2 of photovoltaic solar tiles in Alubon, 1160 m 2 of gardens. Designed by Atelier Perez Prado and Celnikier & Grabli Architects, with lighting by BOA Light Studio, and a structure, it housed all the most advanced French know-how and the most highly rated institutions: CNES, Engie, Orange , Alcatel Lucent, Schneider Electric, EDF, Kearney, Lacoste …

Universal Expo: furnished spaces in France at the French Pavilion

The spaces were furnished with armchairs, sofas and loveseats from the “Hémicycle” collection by Philippe Nigro for Ligne Roset and Le Mobilier national; the Georges Sand salon displayed the “Elsa” collection of Duvivier sofas signed Guillaume Hinfray in association with the Tannerie Remy Carriat for the couture straps. In the corridors and outdoors, Sammode lights punctuated the space. Lafuma Mobilier equipped the Belvédère terrace with its Big-Game design “Horizon” outdoor collection. On the ground floor, the scenography of the boutique and its windows were provided by Studio 5.5 for the RMNGP, and you could buy Lacoste T-shirts, giant OMY coloring posters or drawn embroidered jewelry. by Macon & Lesquoy handmade by specialized artisans in Pakistan.

Erik Linquier, CEO of COFREX, director of the France Pavilion and Franck Riester, Minister Delegate to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, in charge of Foreign Trade and Attractiveness have surveyed virtual spaces to the glory of the industry, design and French craftsmanship to ensure that France was at the heart of major contemporary issues.

Dubaï Expo 2020, Pavillon France

Five temporary exhibitions will follow one another during the six months of the Universal Exhibition: “Notre-Dame de Paris, the experience” by Histovery and L’Oréal, “French art de vivre and modernity, a dream to share” by the Chalhoub group, the “Chromosaturation Chamber” by Carlos Cruz-Diez, “Le Pavillon du Grand Paris Express” by the Grand Paris company and Dominique Perrault, or “Jean-Paul Gaultier from A to Z”, in competition with “Planet Art, Culture for all ”with Art Explora, a museum ship designed by Axel de Beaufort and Frédéric Jousset which will sail from port to port to bring culture to those who are most distant from it.

Catamaran exhibitions

The 3D projections of the works of the museums will be an experience without any other comparison for the children who will be able to embark on this boat of 250 to 300 tons, a catamaran with two aluminum hulls which allows a capacity of 200 people in the port, in the spirit of Tara, Jean-Louis Etienne’s boat or Corentin de Chatelperron’s recycled jute fiber boat developed in 2016 in partnership with designer Joran Briand.

Everywhere, in all the pavilions, the questions about the future always remain the same: if there is water on Mars, are there also waves? And everyone to deploy their techniques and know-how to embroider on the subject in 3D or in natural and theorize on the energy self-sufficiency of each pavilion. Can be assembled and dismantled, the France pavilion will be deconstructed at the end of Expo 2020 and rebuilt in Toulouse on the CNES site next to Ariane, the famous French rocket that regularly sends the satellites that provide the most connections into space. extraordinary. And Expo 2020 which was held only one year late is visible until March 31, 2022 in Dubai, before the next one is held in Osaka in 2025 in Japan.

Bénédicte Duhalde

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