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Norway's Pavilion for Expo 2020 Dubai will highlight 'ocean issues'

Norway has announced that it will participate at Expo 2020 Dubai under the theme “Norway as a world leading ocean nation”, Arabian Business reported. 

The Norwegian pavilion’s design and content will highlight Norway's position within ocean issues and will be built by a consortium between Rintala Eggertsson Architects, Expomobilia and Five Currents.

The core exhibition will consist of 680 sq m of interactive exhibition space that will meet visitors in a "playful, educative and interesting way", a statement said.

Collectively, all the Norwegian activities at Expo 2020 will aim to provide a glimpse into what Norway can offer to preserve and sustainably use the ocean, it added.

Norway’s coastline is one of the longest in the world, and the marine areas are more than five times as large as the land.

Thousands of Norwegians work within one of the ocean industries, being oil and gas, maritime or seafood sectors. In total, these industries account for nearly 70 per cent of Norwegian export earnings.

The Norwegian government said it is committed to the oceans, and Norway is playing a leading role in the global efforts to promote clean and healthy oceans.

“Norway has large and important ocean industries, such as oil and gas, seafood and maritime sector. The government's goal is for Norway to be a leading ocean nation. We therefore need to take an international leadership role on important ocean issues and be at the arenas where solutions to the world's challenges are discussed. Expo 2020 will be such an arena," said Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, Minister of Trade and Industry.

Recently, the Spanish Pavilion also unveiled its design for Expo 2020 Dubai, comprising a series of conical volumes that allow an increased air flow for cooling, and focusing on Spain's Hispanic-Arab past.