Germany, Japan and Saudi Arabia among top rated at Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion awards

Awarding participation is a longstanding tradition of Expos, dating back to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, the first World Expo

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Germany, Japan and Pakistan pavilions were among the winners at the Expo 2020 Dubai official participant awards.

A total of 51 gold, silver and bronze awards were handed out during the ceremony, held in Jubilee Park on Wednesday.

Divided into five different categories, the awards recognise three aspects of the pavilions: architecture and landscape (for self-built pavilions only), exhibition design and theme interpretation.

Saudi Arabia, the Netherlands and Singapore came top in the architecture and landscape category.

In exhibition design, Japan, Peru and Morocco were the winners in the self-built category, while Mexico, which features a crochet facade created by 100 women in a small town, was rated best among the rented pavilions.

Germany, Oman and Malaysia were voted the best pavilions under theme interpretation in the self-built category, while Syria was deemed best of the rented pavilions.

The award recipients were decided by an international jury composed of nine experts in a range of relevant fields. The jury visited each pavilion at Expo 2020.

Awarding participation is a long-standing tradition of Expos, dating back to the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, the first World Expo. The awards were paused for a number of years, before being revived ahead of Expo 2005 Aichi in Japan.

UAE Innovates Awards

The UAE Innovates Awards, launched in February 2021 to celebrate innovative ideas in the Emirates, also dedicated awards to the Expo 2020 Dubai pavilions that have showcased impressive innovations in Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

The “Best Innovation that Achieves Sustainability” was awarded to the Netherlands pavilion for its Vertical Farm and the Italy pavilion for its ISO 20121 sustainability certification.

The “Best Innovation that Creates Opportunity” was awarded to the Czech Republic pavilion for the S.A.W.E.R. water production system, and the Tunisia pavilion for the P-Guard autonomous patrolling robot.

The “Best Innovation that Drives Mobility” was awarded to the Saudi Arabia pavilion for its inclined lifts and the Sweden pavilion for the Incedo security system.

The award winners in full:

Architecture & Landscape

Self-built pavilions — Category A (larger than 2,500m2)

Gold Award – Saudi Arabia

Silver Award – Switzerland

Bronze Award – China

Self-built pavilions – Category B (between 1,750m2 and 2,500m2)

Gold Award – Netherlands

Silver Award – Austria

Bronze Award – Gulf Cooperation Council

Self-built pavilions – Category C (smaller than 1,750m2)

Gold Award – Singapore

Silver Award – Finland

Bronze Award – Qatar

Exhibition Design

Self-built pavilions — Category A (larger than 2,500m2)

Gold Award – Japan

Silver Award – Pakistan

Bronze Award – Spain

Self-built pavilions – Category B (between 1,750m2 and 2,500m2)

Gold Award – Peru

Silver Award – Poland

Bronze Award – Egypt

Self-built pavilions – Category C (smaller than 1,750m2)

Gold Award – Morocco

Silver Award – Algeria

Bronze Award – Palestine

Rented pavilions

Gold Award – Mexico

Silver Award – Latvia

Bronze Award – Montenegro

Thematic District pavilions — Opportunity

Gold Award — Tonga

Silver Award – Democratic Republic of the Congo

Bronze Award — Fiji

Thematic District pavilions — Sustainability

Gold Award — Seychelles

Silver Award – Cambodia

Bronze Award — Surinam

Thematic District pavilions — Mobility

Gold Award — Holy See

Silver Award – Côte d’Ivoire

Bronze Award — Jamaica

Theme Interpretation

Self-built pavilions — Category A (larger than 2,500m2)

Gold Award – Germany

Silver Award – Kazakhstan

Bronze Award – Italy

Self-built pavilions – Category B (between 1,750m2 and 2,500m2)

Gold Award – Oman

Silver Award – Hungary

Bronze Award – Sweden

Self-built pavilions – Category C (smaller than 1,750m2)

Gold Award – Malaysia

Silver Award – Lithuania

Bronze Award – Colombia

Rented pavilions

Gold Award – Syria

Silver Award – Gabon

Bronze Award – Vietnam

Thematic District pavilions — Opportunity

Gold Award — Rwanda

Silver Award – Ethiopia

Bronze Award — Kyrgyzstan

Thematic District pavilions — Sustainability

Gold Award — Yemen

Silver Award – Guinea

Bronze Award — Comoros

Thematic District pavilions — Mobility

Gold Award — El Salvador

Silver Award – Moldova

Bronze Award — Organisation of Islamic Co-operation

Updated: March 31, 2022, 1:18 PM
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