The France Pavilion at Expo comes to an end!

/ Vie du Pavillon

Thank you to our 2.2 million visitors and look back on these magical six months.

The France Pavilion is pleased with the success of the six-month exhibition at Expo 2020 Dubai, which has allowed France to shine beyond its borders, as this edition ends tonight.

Throwback on these last six months and the great French successes of this colourful and eventful edition, together with its stakeholders, sponsors and ambassadors Thomas Pesquet and Jessica Préalpato. 

Through the theme “France, Lightspeed Inspiration”, the pavilion illustrated the wide range of its savoir-faire, the diversity of its artistic and cultural capital as well as its capacity for innovation in terms of ecology, mobility, and new technologies.

2,2

million visitors

110

French official delegations

440

international delegations

250

B2B events

Highlights and numerous events during the six months Expo

2,2 million visitors

Life in the pavilion was marked by the numerous events, theme days and exhibitions that took place there. All this will have contributed to welcoming 2,2 million visitors to France Pavilion. Among the main highlights were France National Day, International Women's Day, Francophonie Day, and the two-day visit of Thomas Pesquet.

The events that took place during the six months of the World’s Expo strengthened the cultural and economic influence of France. 

1 permanent exhibition dedicated to progress

Our permanent exhibition presented to the international audience a vision of progress that has its roots in the Age of Enlightenment, while showcasing unique and bold French innovations and creations in the service of progress. It has been developed in collaboration with national institutions (National Archives, CNRS, CNES), start-ups (FLYING WHALES), foundations (Art Explora), research centres (Learning Planet Institute) and major groups (Accor, Renault Group and of course our Ambassador sponsor ENGIE, in collaboration with the Paris Region).  

5 temporary exhibitions

These temporary exhibitions highlighted art in all its forms: a digital art exhibition tracing the history of Notre-Dame de Paris, made possible by technology developed by Histovery with the support from L'Oréal; the art of tableware with Chalhoub Group; kinetic art with the work “Chromosaturation” by artist Carlos Cruz-Diez; and architecture and the presentation of the Grand Paris Express project by Société du Grand Paris. Finally, for the first time in the world, we presented a retrospective of the iconic pieces of Jean Paul Gaultier, spanning a fifty-year career.   

50+ special days

At the same time, there were numerous events that punctuated life in the Pavilion, with highlights in each thematic fortnight: gastronomic tastings, stargazing nights, conferences, debates, and workshops on the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals, and activities with fun games on the promenade. 

A strong institutional presence

110 French official delegations & 450 international delegations

The challenges of Expo 2020 Dubai (mobility, sustainability, opportunity) are at the heart of all social debates and each country is working to meet them. First and foremost, France, within the framework of the France Pavilion : more than 110 official delegations from French institutions were present for six months to make France's voice heard internationally. Among them, the President of France, numerous members of the government, members of the parliament and elected representatives.

Thus, we welcomed more than 450 international delegations – representing more than 2,000 leading figures: presidents, prime ministers, heads of state and ministers.  

This large number of delegations shows how much this World Expo has become a major international event. These visits were an opportunity to strengthen international cooperation with many countries and to advance the search for solutions to the great challenges facing humanity.  

A unique opportunity for business and France's economic attractiveness

250 B2B events

1,600 companies hosted representing 13,000 companies' visitors

The Belvedere, and its event space, was a central venue for exceptional meetings to develop France's economic attractiveness, create links, strengthen France's influence in the world and promote French companies. We hosted 250 B2B events on the Belvedere terrace, at the initiative of our sponsors (85 events), Business France or other institutional players including CCI France UAE (400 companies present at the pavilion) and the regions. In total, this represents more than 13,000 business visitors welcomed during six months of economic events.

As for Business France, 42 missions were organised, bringing together 400 French companies and a total of 1,600 companies. French innovation players, and particularly those in the sustainable city sector, were also present online, through the presentation of twelve Dubai notebooks. 

The France Pavilion's Ambassadors embodied France on the Expo site and to the general public

The two ambassadors of the France Pavilion, Thomas Pesquet and Jessica Préalpato, embodied the French art of living and savoir-faire, conveying the values of courage, innovation, and universality for which the France Pavilion stands.

The duplex with the ISS and Thomas Pesquet’s visit to the pavilion were key moments that highlighted the challenges of resource conservation and technological innovation.

Jessica Préalpato, was able to design a dessert that sublimated French savoir-faire and excellence with her respectful approach to taste and the environment.

A page is turned, another is opened!

The architecture and structure of the France Pavilion building are virtuous and respect the main principles of bioclimatic architecture. Designed by Atelier Perez-Prado and Celnikier & Grabli Architects and enlightened by BOA Light Studio, the Pavilion was built with sustainable and innovative materials that respect the environment.

2024: The Pavilion will be dismantled and rebuilt on CNES campus in Toulouse

From April 1st, 2022, the dismantlement of the Pavilion will start to be rebuilt by 2024 on the CNES campus in Toulouse to have a second life after the six-month World Expo in Dubai. During the summer, it will be transported to Toulouse by CMA CGM, a world leader in shipping and logistics and a thematic sponsor of the Pavilion during the Expo 2020 Dubai.

2025: Head to Osaka, Japan, for the next World Expo! 

The next step is already underway: Expo 2025 in Osaka, Japan, will open on May 3rd, 2025. France has officially confirmed its participation in this new edition, which will be held under the theme “Tomorrow's Society”.  

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