BESIX Group has completed the construction of the Belgian Pavilion for the Dubai World Expo and delivered it to its client, BelExpo, the Belgian General Commission for International Exhibitions. Designed jointly by BESIX Group and the Belgian architects Vincent Callebaut and Assar, this building will showcase Belgium, its talents and its assets.
Pierre Sironval, Deputy CEO of BESIX Group: “BESIX is very proud to deliver to Belgium this outstanding building, both in terms of architecture and scenography. It will be one of the most emblematic pavilions of the Dubai World Expo, with its spectacular parabolic arch and its panoramic terrace offering a unique view of the Expo site. I would like to express my sincere thanks to all stakeholders for their trust and in particular to our client, BelExpo, and our many partners.”
The Belgian Pavilion is now part of the history of BESIX and of Belgian representation at world fairs. In 2015, BESIX had already built the Belgian Pavilion for the Milan World Expo. After the Expo, BESIX reassembled it in Belgium, on top of the Citadel of Namur for the city authorities. The Belgian Pavilion in Dubai can be dismantled and reassembled in the same way after the Expo.
Pierre Sironval: “In the early 2000s, it was also BESIX and our subsidiary Jacques Delens who completely renovated the Atomium in Brussels. This link between BESIX and world fairs continues today and we are very proud to accompany Belgium in the United Arab Emirates where we have been active since 1965.”
For the construction of the building, BESIX was able to count on Six Construct, the Group’s subsidiary in the Middle East. The complementarity of the teams in Brussels and Dubai was an essential factor in the success of the project.
Olivier Crasson, Managing Director of BESIX in the Middle East: “I can only recommend visiting the Dubai World Expo. Under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, the event also demonstrates the UAE’s commitment to actively contribute to shaping a more sustainable world. We are very proud to have contributed to making this vision a reality, including building the inspiring and beautiful Belgian and French Pavilions.”