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Dominica Pavilion

Dominica Pavilion

THEME: Green Life in Natural Cities

PAVILION: This open-roofed Pavilion utilizes the color green not only as a symbol of the national flag but also of the ecological responsibility that is a hallmark of Dominica. The Pavilion is divided into five distinct exhibition areas.

Dominica Pavilion

EXHIBIT: The Pavilion demonstrates the interaction between the rural and the urban environments of Dominica with a stream that runs through the Pavilion with charming footbridges allowing access to either side. A mini-waterfall near the rear of the Pavilion represents the natural beauty of the Dominican landscape. A half-buried Amerindian canoe reminds us of the native peoples of the island. Display areas show the native artwork and handicrafts of Dominica, along with video screens showing the lush natural landscape of the island. In the center of the Pavilion is a gazebo of the type commonly found in Dominica; from time to time, local music and dance performances will be staged there. On the right wall video screens show the lively Old Market and Roseau Market in the capital city of Roseau; along the wall, umbrella tables show the wares that can be purchased in the Markets. In the rear of the Pavilion is an exhibit of the Roseau Botanical Gardens, including a recreation of the main gates of the Gardens. A large photomural displays Morne Bruce, with the cross and the mountain there, leading up to a large flat-panel video display screen showing scenes of Dominica. Smaller screens on either side of the main screen also show various scenes of Dominica, Roseau and the countryside. To the left of the Botanical Garden display is an exhibit on the Green side of Dominica, including a windmill and a solar-powered greenhouse.

Dominica Pavilion

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.

Note: This Pavilion was located in the Caribbean Community Joint Pavilion

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Norway Pavilion

Norway Pavilion

THEME: Norway, Powered By Nature

PAVILION: The Pavilion is comprised of fifteen “trees,” constructed of wood and bamboo, each representing a different city in China and symbolizing the common building material of each nation. The roof is translucent, providing shade in the day and collecting solar energy and rainwater, creating a completely self-sufficient and self-sustaining building. 

Norway Pavilion

EXHIBIT: Visitors enter the Pavilion into an antechamber, The Mist. Here visitors will pass through a virtual waterfall into the first of four exhibition galleries, The Coast. The Coast will explain how most of Norway’s population lives close to the coastline, and how energy is provided by the sea, sun and wind. Films here will introduce visitors to the Norwegian people and lifestyle.

Norway Pavilion

Visitors will then enter The City Forest, the next exhibition gallery. A variety of video panels will display the various means in which Norwegians bring nature to their cities. To the Norwegian people, nature is an integral part of life and is to be preserved, protected and enjoyed.

Norway Pavilion

The next gallery is The Fjord. Here, the crucial challenge of water management is presented. Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right and in Norway, technology is being developed to convert rainwater into clean drinking water. Examples of this technology are on display in this gallery but are also within use in the Pavilion, converting the rainwater of Shanghai into drinking water for visitors. After the Expo, the treatment system will be relocated to a rural village in India to create clean, purified waters for villagers who desperately need it. Also, a simulated waterfall is along one wall, with scenes of idyllic Norway projected onto the water. The water will collect into a stream in which fish will swim beneath the feet of the visitors. The final gallery is The Arctic; The Arctic is the global thermometer, with the ice pack slowly melting. It is tangible evidence that we have to change our ways in order to maintain an ecological balance otherwise the consequences will be devastating to our descendents. Norwegian researchers are leading the way along with scientists from throughout the globe to reduce greenhouse gasses and carbon emissions that threaten our planet.

Norway Pavilion

CUISINE: The Norwegian restaurant will serve such delicacies as reindeer, lamb and fresh fish flown in from Norway. Visitors will also get the opportunity to drink Aquavit, the national beverage of Norway which is about 40 percent alcohol. A tasting menu with 15 different types of Norwegian fish disshes is available. It is located at the Pavilion exit

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.

United Arab Emirates Pavilion

United Arab Emirates Pavilion

THEME: The Power of Dreams

PAVILION: The UAE Pavilion is a golden sand dune inspired by the country’s desert. The outer covering of the Pavilion is gold-colored stainless steel. It’s undulating roof, looking like it’s been shaped by the wind, makes the Pavilion shimmer and change colors, reminding visitors of the Middle Eastern country’s various natural environments. The shape of the Pavilion is in response to Shanghai’s weather. It protects against the direct glare of the city’s summer sun but allows indirect light to enter the Pavilion via louvers. Visitors approach the entrance of the Pavilion by a walkway that follows a stream of water towards the entrance.

EXHIBIT: Taking a virtual journey, visitors may begin to understand the people of the UAE who have created life in the desert and have learned from their forefathers how to create shade, to escape the heat and to survive in a harsh environment. Along the path, flower beds and trees are everywhere, creating a scene of fantasy alien to the dunes. In the first section, deserts comprised of sands in red, golden and white colors, the ups and downs of hills, a scattered oasis ringed with camel bells and boats with glimmering sails on the ocean are all staged in a video, which reminds us of what an important role the natural environment and wildlife play in the culture and lifestyle of the UAE. In the second section, Legendary Land, creative film producers will intoxicate visitors with a fantastic journey. In this legendary land, primeval tropical desert is next to modern skyscrapers. Visitors will be enthralled by the perfect combination of past and present seeing year-round sunlight, clean beaches, dunes, merchants on camel back, spice markets, oases, golf courses, sand skiing, diving, water skiing, parachute jumping and fishing all at the same time. In the third section, visitors will be treated to a preview of the world’s first Zero Carbon City, currently under construction near Abu Dhabi, the UAE capital. Visitors can hop on a PRT to the office in the morning, turn on an air-conditioner powered by solar energy, taste a salad with vegetables irrigated by recycled water and take a shower with solar-powered desalinated seawater. All of these technologies are expected to be integrated into everyday use in ZCC. With sunlight so abundant in the desert, solar power will become ubiquitous and the UAE will lead the way in more efficient ways to harness it. In Zero Carbon City, citizens will receive door to door service from intelligent autonomous electric cars. Resources are precious and must be cherished, energy will be taken into full use, the environment will be protected and life efficiency will be largely enhanced. Finally, do not forget the interactive game zone after visiting the exhibit in which lucky winners will be offered a visit to the UAE to continue their own personal journey to see this wonderful land for themselves.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.