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The pavilion of France in Expo 2020 Dubai.

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France’s Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion to be reassembled in Toulouse

France’s Monet-inspired Expo 2020 Dubai pavilion is being dismantled and will be rehomed in southern France’s Toulouse where it will be reassembled for its second life.

The first containers with dismantled parts from the pavilion were shipped to France this month. The steel façade, glass and tiles used at the pavilion will all be shipped to France.

The Pavilion of Lights was one of the most visited pavilions at the six-month Expo 2020 in Dubai. It featured an artificial sky on its ceiling that lit up in various colours with the help of thousands of LED bulbs. Around 70 percent of energy used to operate the pavilion came from solar tiles.

Reik Linquier, Commissioner General for France at Expo 2020 Dubai, told media that the repurposed France pavilion will be used by the French Space Agency in its Toulouse campus.

There, the structure will be used as a training facility for agency staff. The pavilion is expected to be rebuilt in Toulouse in November.

The pavilion cost the French government €15 million (Dh57.7 million) to build at the Dubai expo where it was visited by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet. ICA/Expat Media


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