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Build work begins for Germany Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Construction has started on Campus Germany, the country's pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 after officials held a ground-breaking ceremony.

While the ground was being broken in the desert in Dubai, the new website for Germany’s presence at the upcoming world exhibition went live in Cologne, a statement said.

“Our top priority is making sure that everything is ready on time for the opening of the Expo on October 20 next year. So it’s important to stick to the schedule and start work on construction in good time,” said Gerald Böse, president and CEO of Koelnmesse, which will run the pavilion.

According to Arabian Business, the groundbreaking ceremony on the German plot, right next to the host pavilion of the UAE, highlighted the fact that work on the German Pavilion is on schedule, he added.

Commissioner general Dietmar Schmitz said: “Now it’s our turn to start construction work on Campus Germany and become part of this story."

Designed by Cologne-based agency facts and fiction, and Berlin-based architects LAVA, the pavilion will span a 4,600m2 plot and be located in the Expo site's Sustainability District. It will feature a 'vertical campus' which consists of separate modules that converge at a spacious atrium complete with a stage and restaurant.

Visitors will “enroll” and embark on a curriculum that takes them through a Future Energy Lab, Future City Lab and a Biodiversity Lab to “graduate” in a show at the end of the tour.

"This graduation will be a milestone for everyone – full of emotion and knowledge, with a multitude of possibilities and opportunities for sustainability combined with an appeal to take advantage of them," the statement said.

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