Australia unveils ‘Blue Sky Dreaming’ pavilion at Dubai World Expo

An Australian pavilion has been unveiled at Dubai’s Expo 2020 site ahead of the October 1 launch.

The government backed showcase pavilion is called “Blue Sky Dreaming”, and seeks to highlight Australia’s “diversity, ingenuity and contribution through 60,000 years of innovation”.

The expo is based on themes for the future of “opportunity, mobility and sustainability”, with the Australian pavilion taking visitors “on a journey of Australia’s ingenuity and innovation through thousands of years – linking ancient Indigenous know-how to modern day discovery and invention”.

Designed by Brisbane-based architectural firm bureau^proberts, the pavilion will be open from October 1 opening until March 31 next year.

“Australia’s participation in Expo 2020 will support economic recovery efforts in those sectors most impacted by the 2019-20 Australian bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic, maximising commercial opportunities for Australia, and showcasing Australian capabilities and ingenuity,” said a spokesperson for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

In a similar situation to Tokyo, Dubai’s expo has been radically rethought after being postponed from last year. The ongoing pandemic has also scuppered original hopes that Expo 2020 would attract 25 million visits over six months.

Organisers are now pinning their hopes on a strong local turnout from United Arab Emirates residents, where 40 per cent of the 10 million population have already received a jab.