Construction has started on Campus Germany, the country’s pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 after officials held a ground-breaking ceremony.

While the ground was being broken in the desert in Dubai, the new website for Germany’s presence at the upcoming world exhibition went live in Cologne, a statement said.

“Our top priority is making sure that everything is ready on time for the opening of the Expo on October 20 next year. So it’s important to stick to the schedule and start work on construction in good time,” said Gerald Böse, president and CEO of Koelnmesse, which will run the pavilion.

The groundbreaking ceremony on the German plot, right next to the host pavilion of the UAE, highlighted the fact that work on the German Pavilion is on schedule, he added.

Commissioner general Dietmar Schmitz said: “Now it’s our turn to start construction work on Campus Germany and become part of this story.”

The German Pavilion plot, which measures about 4,600 sq m, is located in the Expo’s Sustainability District.

Visitors will “enrol”, like at a university, and then embark on a curriculum that takes them through a Future Energy Lab, Future City Lab and a Biodiversity Lab to “graduate” in a show at the end of the tour.

“This graduation will be a milestone for everyone – full of emotion and knowledge, with a multitude of possibilities and opportunities for sustainability combined with an appeal to take advantage of them,” the statement said.

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