SLOVENIA@EXPO2020

In Dubai, Slovenia's motto will be Slovenia. Green and Smart Experience, a nod to the country's sustainable, modern and creative nature. Visitors from all over the world will experience stories about the unique interplay of pristine nature, knowledge, innovation and breakthrough businesses.

Slovenia will symbolise the green heart of Europe at the Expo, addressing visitors with authentic images and extraordinary multimedia presentations that will allow them to experience the parts of the country Slovenians are most proud of.

At every step, visitors will be presented with a good reason to explore Slovenia and to spread messages changing the world for the better.

1.550 m2
Exhibition area
8 February 2022
Slovenian Day at the Expo 2020
11
Thematic weeks of authentic Slovenian experiences
2
Interactive halls with 360° projections featuring Slovenian landmarks and potential
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Restaurant serving Slovenian culinary highlights
45+
Promotional events dedicated to Slovenian know-how and cooperation opportunities
25 million+
Visitors from all over the world

Story of Slovenia's Pavilion

Slovenia's pavilion, designed by Robert Klun and Sandi Pirš and their team at Magnet Design, was selected in April 2019 in an open call organised by the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology. It represents an oasis floating on water, reflecting the designers' wish to showcase Slovenia's wisdom, innovativeness and energy. The pavilion has already captured the attention of the international public in architecture and received a special mention from Architecture MasterPrize in October 2019 in the category Exhibition.

The pavilion is located on a 1,550 square metre exhibition plot in the Sustainability sub-theme segment and has an excellent location right next to one of the three entry points to the Expo 2020 grounds.

The pavilion highlights three elements that are distinctive of Slovenia: Water, the source of life and vitality, the interflow of materials and ideas; Nature, connecting the Earth with the universe, knowledge and innovativeness, and Slovenia's green and clean heart; and Innovativeness, represented by a giant wooden sunshade, our shield and shelter, a technological masterpiece of construction and design illustrating Slovenia's strong identity. The pavilion construction innovatively includes prefabricated, sustainable and biodegradable elements of metal, glass, wood and stone.

The appealing exterior of the pavilion represents Slovenia's forests. The outer walls of the wooden structure are rich with vegetation, which will provide welcome relief from the heat to visitors. The plants will be cooled and watered with the help of an innovative system developed in Slovenia. The innovativeness of Slovenian businesses is reflected in the roof, shaped like a strainer and made of Slovenian wood. The inspiration for the roof comes from wooden tools made by craftsmen from the town of Ribnica, which 400 years ago became the first Slovenian-made products allowed to be sold abroad. The entry into the pavilion is below the surface level and completely surrounded by water, which will make a visit to the pavilion a refreshing experience.

The pavilion is designed as a smart environment, allowing visitors a virtual experience of the future with the use of advanced digital solutions. The interior is equipped with innovatively designed LCD surfaces on the walls, ceiling and floor, making for impressive presentation of stories and achievements coming from Slovenia. Lighting pulses imitating the rhythm of the heart will draw visitors from far away, inviting them for an emotional exploration of the country.

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The ground floor is an open space facilitating an easy flow of visitors and serving as a venue for events. The interior has an interactive design and will accommodate exhibitions and various video content, while the exterior will feature visual presentations of businesses, services and products. This is where visitors will be waiting for their guided tours to begin. Owing to its unique design and the fact that it is surrounded by water, the ground floor will also serve as a refreshing oasis for Expo visitors.
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The first floor is the heart of the story about the green and smart country that is Slovenia. This is where visitors will experience natural beauties and tourist destinations, the warmth and talents of Slovenian people, and extraordinary achievements of Slovenia's businesses in 360° video projections in the Green and Smart rooms. With the help of inspiring 360° footage of Slovenian towns and iconic destinations, 3D animations and cutting-edge collage techniques, background music and noises of nature, visitors will experience the images of Slovenia's most astounding scenery, cuisine and outdoor activities, as well as top business innovations and impressive personalities and their achievements. With the help of 360° video and video mapping, we will show who we are and showcase all the dimensions of our contribution to sustainable, responsible and breakthrough solutions to global challenges.
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The second floor is dedicated to Slovenia's business sector and will present a variety of best practices, serving as a venue for panels and business networking events. It features a VIP room for hospitality and business events, B2B presentations and meetings, news conferences and delegation receptions. It is here that Slovenian companies looking for business opportunities in the Arab world and beyond will be able to hold virtual presentations of their services, products and solutions.

Events

Slovenia's presentation will be divided into themed segments, allowing a comprehensive presentation of the country's potential in different fields and drawing the visitors' attention to stories that showcase Slovenian know-how, progressiveness and innovativeness.

The events will be coordinated with other events at the Expo and will complement stories featured in other countries' pavilions.

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