Expo 2020 Dubai officially began on October 1, 2021. It’s set to be a grand six-month-long event with a whole host of pavilions to visit – 200 to be exact.
But it’s the Women’s Pavilion in collaboration with Cartier is one which, to us, is a must-visit. Focussing on female empowerment through an immersive journey based on the theme of ‘Because when women thrive, humanity thrives,’ this pavilion was created to present a more inclusive society for women.
Upon visiting, guests will enter a dimly lit hall, with faces of profound women in bright frames hung on the wall to showcase the accomplishments and challenges they’ve had to overcome throughout their journey. Surrounded by a galaxy of stars, the role models are seen glistening with their achievements, as they continue to be role models for many.
Women such as Sheikha Fatima bin Mubarak, the UAE’s Mother of the Nation and Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States will be featured.
Guests will then be taken to the challenges room will focus on women in different areas such as education, politics and peacebuilding, economic independence, safety and well-being, basic needs and the impact of COVID-19 on women.
The solutions room will be a section where a problem-solving response will be addressed for women to address challenges in various areas of their life. Whether challenging the notion of stereotypical views or improving gender diversity in the workplace, visitors will be invited to share pledges for a more equitable world. Visitors can also take selfies with their pledges under the #ActforEqual campaign.
Curated by Mélanie Laurent, the first floor offers guests an immersive experience of women from around the world. From stories, sculptures to virtual reality films, the area is dedicated to women and their inspiring journey.
There’s no doubt that the six months will be nothing short of inciteful. Visitors will have an opportunity to attend inspirational talks, engage in solution-oriented conversations and learn from a diverse lineup of speakers.
Besides the content, the design of the pavilion truly stands out with its immaculate attention to detail. The upper part of the façade was designed by French architect Laura Gonzalez, Dubai-born artist Kholoud Sharafi and French light designer Pauline David.
Each visit can be booked on the smart queue system via the Expo applications, with walk-in visitors welcomed too.
Located at the Sustainability District, the pavilion is open from Saturday to Wednesday, 10am to 12am and Thursday and Friday 10am to 1am.
For more information visit expo2020dubai.com
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