Indian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai crossed two lakh footfall in a month!

A month after throwing its door open to the public, the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has crossed the 2,00,000-footfall mark to become one of the most visited pavilions.
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The India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Image: Shutterstock/Aleksandra Tokarz.

Within a span of a month, the Indian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai has hosted more than two lakh visitors, denoting the country’s successful promotion as an investment destination, declared a statement recently issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industry (India).

“The India Pavilion has hosted over 2,00,000 visitors as on November 3, with various sector and state specific sessions to discuss India’s growth roadmap. It also secured investment opportunities for the country and celebrated several cultural events for visitors and dignitaries,” the statement further said.

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Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to draw 25 million visitors over a six-month period. Image: Courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai.

The pavilion started with the Climate & Biodiversity Week that ran from October 3-9. A number of sessions highlighting India’s renewable energy goals and climate action plan, were conducted by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy. These sessions were followed by Space and Urban and Rural Development weeks, where discussions around the issues, challenges, and the future of various sectors, and the role of the government regulations and incentives were held. The India Pavilion also organised state-specific weeks for Gujarat, Karnataka, and the Union Territory of Ladakh

During the Gujarat week, several events were organised where the state’s chief minister Bhupendra Patel virtually showcased its Pharma sector’s plan for sustainable development. The Karnataka week witnessed the announcement of a partnership between the state and Gulf Islamic Investments (GII) to strengthen investment ties between India and UAE. GII’s investment approach in India is sector-agnostic, and the firm plans to invest another US$500 million in India in the next three years, the statement said. A series of events showcasing opportunities in Ladakh across focus sectors like sustainable infrastructure, connectivity, food processing, and tourism were discussed during the Ladakh week.

An array of cultural activities were organised during Dusshera and Navratri celebrations including folk dances, storytelling and music to attract visitors. The Diwali celebrations at the pavilion comprised of colourful installations, LED rangoli, virtual display of firecrackers, and performances by leading artists from India and Dubai.

The India Pavilion was inaugurated on October 1, 2021 by Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal. The global expo, which was postponed for a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, will run till March 31, 2022.

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