Expo 2020 Dubai countdown
Expo 2020 Dubai is gearing up to help shape a post-pandemic world and create a better future for all after a two-thirds majority of Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) Member States voted in favour of postponing the next World Expo by one year.
The global mega event will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, a delay that allows all participants to safely navigate the impact of COVID-19, and allows the World Expo to focus on a collective desire for new thinking to identify solutions to some of the greatest challenges of our time.
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GITEX (Gulf Information Technology Exhibition) is the leading consumer computer and electronics trade show, exhibition, and conference in the Middle East. The annual fair and conference event is where the tech community comes together to showcase and discuss the most novel ideas that are shaping the future of the sector. GITEX 2021 has been set to run between 17 – 21 October 2021 in its regular co-located formats: GITEX Technology Week and GITEX Future Stars.
The GITEX exhibition houses the most innovative tech strategies and cutting-edge products from around the world, with a choice and scale that are unmatched. Over 1,200 private companies, government entities and startups from 60 countries choose the show as a platform to connect with the industry. The fair welcomes more than 100,000 visitors each year, allowing exhibitors to present their offers to a varied crowd of end users and buyers.
The trade mission organised by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce could include elements such as, but not limited to, a visit of GITEX, business-to-business meetings with international prospects via the platforms offered by the trade fair, the organisation of a seminar or workshop, a VIP tour of the Luxembourg National Pavilion at the World Expo, a visit to a selection of pavilions related to disruptive technologies, a networking reception, and the visit of a flagship project related to the sector.
The ‘Made in Luxembourg’ week, inspired by a format originally developed during the week-long ‘Spring Break’ event at LuxExpo the Box, will allow a selection of companies to showcase their product(s) and Luxembourg know-how during the All Saints’ Day (La Toussaint) Christian holiday that bridges the end of October and the beginning of November. The Luxembourg National Pavilion will be the stage for the week.
The International Astronautical Congress (IAC) is the one place and time of the year where all global space actors come together. The event attracts more than 4,000 participants each year. Covering all space sectors and topics, it offers the latest space information and developments in academia and industry, networking opportunities, contacts and potential partnerships. Each year, the IAC changes country, theme and local organiser, enabling more learning about, and the opportunity to be a part of, the world space scene.
The trade mission organised by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce could include elements such as, but not limited to, a visit of the IAC, business-to-business meetings with international prospects via the platforms offered by the congress, the organisation of a seminar or workshop, a first glance of the Luxembourg National Pavilion at the World Expo before the official opening, a networking reception, and a company visit.
This trade mission will be organized in the context of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week (ADSW). As one of the region’s largest sustainable development gatherings, the ADSW brings together a unique body of policy makers, industry experts, technology pioneers and the next generation of sustainability leaders. Through its initiatives and events, the ADSW helps to foster knowledge sharing, strategy implementation, and the provision of solutions to drive human progress. The ADSW 2020 hosted around 45,000 attendees from 170 countries, with more than 500 high-level speakers from around the world.
The program will include a visit of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, a VIP tour of the Luxembourg National Pavilion at the World Expo, a visit to a selection of pavilions related to the sustainability sector, a visit to flagship projects related to the sector, networking events and business-to-business meetings with international prospects via the platforms offered by the fair.
Participants will have the option to extend their stay and take part in the Luxembourg Day (for details about the Luxembourg Day, please click on the next pictogram).
After the success of the organisation of its international b2fair event at the Shanghai World Expo in October 2010, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and its Enterprise Europe Network is all set to host International Business Meetings at the World Expo Dubai 2020. This flagship event, that is organised in the framework of the Luxembourg day and with the support of the European business support network Enterprise Europe Network of the European Commission, will take place from 20th -22nd January 2021, and will be packed with high level networking opportunities, including thematic seminars, visits to companies / special economic zones and B2B meetings at its core.
This b2fair event is organised with the objective to help Luxembourg and European small and medium-sized companies to find international business partners and is expected to welcome over 500 companies from the European Union and all over the world. Next to the Enterprise Europe Network operating with a representation in more than 60 countries worldwide, the international dimension at the event will also be assured thanks to the association of numerous professional and institutional partner organisations of the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce and its international b2fair concept.
The international business meetings by b2fair is organised in the framework of and will be followed by the festive Luxembourg Day that will take place on 23rd January 2021.
In addition to participating in the business event and the festivities of the Luxembourg Day, companies will have the possibility to take part in the Ecotechnologies Mission (for details on this mission, please click on the respective pictogram).
Each of the 192 participating countries, including Luxembourg, will take to the iconic Al Wasl Plaza for their National Day, where visitors will find sensational displays of music, dance, drama, and much more. On top of a rich cultural program, a multisectoral mission including a large international matchmaking fair organized on and around the dedicated Luxembourg Day in January 2021 is in the pipeline. Please click on the “matchmaking fair” pictogram for more information.
Arab Health is the largest gathering of health professionals in the MENA region. The 2020 edition of the event will welcome more than 4,262 exhibiting companies and 84,700 visitors from 159 countries. The main goal of this event is to connect manufacturers and service providers with clinicians, procurement professionals, resellers and distributors. Companies can build on the show’s success by establishing key business contacts using multiple channels to connect to the region’s health sector. Luxembourg will be represented with a national pavilion for the third time that year.
The trade mission organised by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce could include elements such as, but not limited to, a visit of the Arab Health fair, business-to-business meetings with international prospects via the platforms offered by the fair, the organisation of a seminar or workshop, a VIP tour of the Luxembourg National Pavilion at the World Expo, a visit to a selection of pavilions related to the bio health sector, a visit to a flagship project related to the sector, and a networking reception.
GulFood is the world’s largest annual food and beverage fair, attracting more than 100,000 visitors from more than 200 countries in search of business opportunities and exploring the latest food and beverage products and innovations.
The trade mission organised by the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce could include elements such as, but not limited to, a visit of the GulFood fair, business-to-business meetings with international prospects via the platforms offered by the fair, the organisation of a seminar or workshop, a VIP tour of the Luxembourg National Pavilion at the World Expo, a visit to a selection of pavilions related to the sector, a visit to a company or flagship project related to the sector, and a networking reception.
Since its first participation recommended by the Chamber of Commerce in a World Expo in 1851 in Hyde Park in the Crystal Palace, Luxembourg has been present each time the theme of the Expo perfectly matched its DNA. Expo 2020 Dubai will be no exception. Luxembourg’s participation in this event will gain momentum as a unique showcase over the course of 173 days to show the world how Luxembourg has continuously succeeded in re-inventing itself and how this has benefited all of its partners. The Luxembourg Pavilion will be carefully designed to be a space that promotes Luxembourg’s economy, tourism, and culture, and visitors will enjoy an unforgettable experience.
In December 2016, the Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce decided to join this adventure by becoming a partner of the Public Private Partnership in charge of the design, construction and operation of the Luxembourg presence. In addition to its financial contribution within the EIG, and in line with the strategy of economic promotion, which brings together multiple actors under the banner ‘Trade & Invest’, the Chamber of Commerce intends to organise an economic programme for its nationals during the World Expo, as it did in Shanghai in 2010.
The commercial exploitation of the Luxembourg presence will not only enable the Chamber of Commerce to carry out one of its operational missions, i.e., the promotion of foreign economic and trade relations, but will also contribute to the strategic objectives of the Trade & Invest economic promotion:
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The Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce is looking to optimise and diversify its impact on site during the six months of the World Expo. It will do so by organising several uni-sectoral trade missions that highlight specific sectors, in addition to a multisectoral trade mission around a dedicated ‘Luxembourg Day’ and a ‘Made in Luxembourg’ week.
Unlike at the World Expo in Shanghai ten years ago, Luxembourg’s presence will not (only) target the domestic market in terms of commercial exploitation. On the contrary, Dubai will serve as a gateway to the world through the international dimension of the World Expo, and also through the international and specialised events that will revolve around it.
The Chamber of Commerce will link its sectoral missions to major international fairs (UAE Anchor Events) organised in the Dubai-Abu Dhabi region (e.g., GITEX, Gulfood, etc.), in order to take advantage of the World Expo and use the national pavilion to meet local contacts, and also to tap into networks of international fairs to facilitate sectoral networking.
Despite their importance at the national level, a number of key sectors of the Luxembourg economy are not (yet) represented in the list above due to lack of dedicated official anchor events. If no new international fair or other opportunity arises in the future, the multisectoral mission/b2fair matchmaking event on Luxembourg Day will be the perfect opportunity to integrate them.