At the groundbreaking ceremony for The Netherlands pavilion in Dubai on June 25, 2019.


Netherlands begins Expo 2020 pavilion construction, unveils bottle of water harvested from air


DUBAI – A bottle of water harvested from air was unveiled as the Netherlands kicked off construction of the Expo 2020 Dutch Pavilion in Dubai on Tuesday.

The innovation was made during the groundbreaking ceremony and presentation on water harvesting, detailing the Dutch Expo theme ‘Uniting Water Food and Energy’.

Dutch Consul-General and Commissioner-General, Hans Sandee, presented the unique bottled water to Najeeb Mohammed Al Ali, Executive Director of Expo 2020 Dubai.

“It is important to realise our responsibility towards our planet and future generations. By showcasing home-grown solutions that link the issues of water, energy and food, we are keen to contribute to Expo 2020 Dubai,” said Minister Sigrid Kaag, in a speech recorded from the beach in the Netherlands, which was broadcast at the event.

Al Ali said, “Today’s groundbreaking ceremony and this unique bottle of water harvested from air reflects the Netherlands’ innovative approach to Expo 2020 Dubai. We look forward to continuing to work with the Dutch team and seeing what other exciting technologies will feature in the Dutch pavilion at Expo 2020.”

Unique tech at pavilion

The unique biotope, designed by V8 Architects, which the Netherlands is going to construct as the Dutch Pavilion showcases the Dutch innovation, inventiveness and openness.

The biotope connects water, energy and food in a circular way. The production of water from desert air powered by solar is one of the impressive inventions that will be on display from October 20 next year in the Dutch Pavilion.

Dutch artist-innovator-entrepreneur Ap Verheggen and his team are the people behind the SunGlacier technology that makes this feat possible.

“Our solar-powered water-from-air technology will enable us to produce food in the future without being dependent on rainfall, rivers or other traditional sources of water,” Verheggen said.

Some 250 Dutch businesses are active in the UAE, with Dutch exports to the Gulf region totalling more than €11 billion, said the press release. DAJ/WAM/Expat Media


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