Expo Dubai, Italy Pavilion closes with over 1.6 million visitors

Reached 13 million online users worldwide. Glisenti: “Italy comes out with its head held high”

The Italian Pavilion at Expo Dubai concludes an extraordinary semester of events and initiatives

exceeding the quota of 1.6 million visitors in attendance (the final figure is 1,619,850) and reaching 13 million online users worldwide. During the first Universal Exposition in the Arab world, Italy confirmed and strengthened its leadership position in the enlarged Mediterranean, bringing hundreds of best practices and projects for the future with its territories, companies and institutions to the Dubai global platform. political, scientific, cultural and academic. “Expo Dubai offered Italy a unique opportunity to enhance innovation, technologies and new practicesto develop technological partnerships, foreign investment opportunities and international collaboration between companies, academic and scientific bodies “, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio in a video message sent to the Italian Pavilion at the end of the Expo.

The Italian Paviliona meeting place of tradition and second innovation the claim ‘Beauty unites People’, was awarded on the eve of the closing of the Universal Exposition with two prestigious awards: best Pavilion at the UAE Innovates Awards, awarded to the most innovative project in the “Best innovation that achieves sustainability” category (innovation aimed at sustainability) and a bronze in the awards of the Bureau International des Expositions (Bie) – the governing body of the Expo – for the “best interpretation of the theme”. The Bie award received enhanced the uniqueness of the pavilion’s exhibition itinerary, which had the most admired and narrated element in the 3D reproduction of Michelangelo’s David by all the main international and Italian media. The Italian Pavilion had already obtained in recent months the prize of The Exhibitor Magazine (USA) for the ‘Best element of the exhibition path of a Pavilion at Expo Dubai’, again thanks to the reproduction of the David, and that of ‘Best entrepreneurial project of the year’ for the Construction Innovation Awards (UAE).

“Italy comes out with its head held high from Expo 2020 Dubai, with international awards and certificates for having exhibited with the Pavilion its excellence in innovation, sustainability and creativity “, commented the General Commissioner for Italy at Expo Dubai, Paolo Glisenti. Central to our country’s participation in Expo Dubai was the theme of training, the subject of 123 different initiatives during the semester – from laboratories to international conferences – aimed at students, teachers and researchers from all over the world. Over 4,000 people of 26 different nationalities participated in the 140 educational days. The volunteer program of the Pavilion has seen the selection of 60 polyglot boys and girls from all over Italy, selected on the basis of 8 thousand initial expressions of interest, who thanks to the largest student mobility project in recent years have acted as a guide to visitors from all over the planet speaking to each in their own language.

It is no coincidence that Italy’s legacy in this Expo foresees the development of projects in the field of education and research: the construction of an Arab-Mediterranean campus together with a research and advanced training center for the digitization and reconstruction of cultural heritage destroyed or damaged in war zones and a research and training campus on food processing. All projects already financed with the resources included in the National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Pnrr). Institutions from all over the country, including 16 regions and an autonomous province (the highest number ever brought by Italy to an Expo), were the protagonists of the vast programming of the Pavilion, which hosted about 150 events with 7,000 participants in addition to 17 thematic exhibitions included in the exhibition itinerary.

During Expo Dubai, the companies in particular were involved in over 4,000 B2B meetings, in collaboration with the Institute of Foreign Commerce, while 15 Innovation Talks were held in the Italian Pavilion with 100 speakers, around a thousand participants in attendance and 276 delegates from 36 foreign countries in addition to Italy. Furthermore, with a vast operation of cultural diplomacy, Italy has brought 180 cultural, entertainment and sport events on the stages of the Expo and inside the Pavilion: 40 major music and dance performances; 22 Forums, workshops and meet & greet with sports champions, including the blue medalists of Tokyo 2020 and the Beijing Winter Olympics; 16 theatrical performances; 56 concerts with 23 artists on weekends dedicated to the public of Expo in ‘Piazza Italia’ and around 30 projections of arthouse films.