World Expos are one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet, taking place every five years and lasting six months. It is a festival for all, where everyone can experience, explore, innovate and have fun by sharing ideas and working together.
Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the Expo 2020 Dubai aims to host a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world. The participating nations in Expo 2020 is 192 and each will have their pavilion. Expo 2020 will run for six months from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. It will be open seven days a week, from 10:00 to 00:00 on Saturday to Wednesday, and 10:00 to 02:00 on Thursday and Friday.
The India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai reflects India’s commitment to the philosophy of लोका: समस्ता: सुखिनो भवन्तु (Lokah Samastah Sukhino Bhavantu), which means, “May everyone, in the whole world, be happy.”
The India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is one of the biggest platforms that offers a golden opportunity to showcase India to the world and project the country as the next hub for growth and innovation.
Nestled at the Al Fosan Park adjacent to the ‘Opportunity’ district of the Expo 2020 Dubai, India Pavilion is created on the theme of “Openness. Opportunity. Growth." Under this, the pavilion will be focusing on the following 11 primary themes, each having a dedicated zone all underneath one gigantic roof.
The vastness of the theme allows visitors to explore and experience India’s strengths and achievements in all its glory.
Consisting of four floors, the India Pavilion will showcase latest technologies and create an ambient, futuristic environment with installations powered by augmented reality and projection mapping.
As you enter the pavilion, you will walk into a starry tunnel that will transport you to outer space for you to witness India’s journey into space. As you move further ahead, you will witness India’s achievements in the health and wellness sector, highlighting India’s vast history of Ayurveda and alternate medicine system.
The first floor will bring you to a world of mesmerizing projections and mirrors that present a kaleidoscope of India’s colours and cultural vibrance. The second floor bears witness to India’s bilateral partnership with the UAE and the plethora of opportunities that this partnership opens up. The third floor will open doors to the ‘Corporate India’ and its growing prowess in various sectors.
Apart from various thematic sections, The India Pavilion also hosts an amphitheatre, conference rooms, state pavilions, restaurants, souvenir shops, and much more.
The facade of the India Pavilion, one of the largest pavilions at the Expo 2020 Dubai, will symbolize ‘India on the move’. Made up of 600 individual blocks, the facade will be using kinetic architecture - a mosaic of rotating panels that will showcase 75 stories about the history, and literature of the country over 26 weeks. During the day, the facade will create different moving patterns to celebrate 75 years of India’s Independence. Every week, these patterns will take the shape of three stories of the 25 sub-themes. Evenings, will see the facade turn into a vibrant show with sound, light and projections. India will come alive in action on this facade!
Celebrating India at 75 and showcasing the achievements, diversity, and rich cultural heritage of the country, the India Pavilion is one of those few pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai that will host numerous conferences, B2B meets, cultural programmes, food festivals, online workshops, cinema screening, debates, and various competitions. Festivals of India that occur between 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 will be celebrated, in all their glory and grandeur.
The entire four-storey structure is divided into two parts. The zones are identified based on 11 primary themes - Climate and Biodiversity, Space, Urban and Rural Development, Tolerance and Inclusivity, Golden Jubilee, Knowledge and Learning, Travel and Connectivity, Global Goals, Health and Wellness, Food Agriculture and Livelihoods and Water.
The specially designed logo of India’s participation has been created to give a new holistic global brand experience to India’s participation at Expo 2020 Dubai. The logo’s circular form represents unity, commitment and the community which forms the central pillars of India; and signifies continuity and evolving lifecycles in one of the world’s most vibrant democracies and fastest-growing business centres.
The logo design showcases the chakra (wheel), which reflects strength, courage and progressive movement. The colours have been taken from the Indian flag, where Saffron symbolises strength and courage; White indicates peace and truth; and Green represents fertility, growth, and auspiciousness.