DUBAI, 13 November 2021 – The Monaco National Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai were led by a high-profile royal visit from His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie of Monaco. To mark the royal visit, Monaco’s Prince Orchestra of the Palace Guards carried out the first live performance of a National Anthem at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai was treated to a selection of the finest culture on offer at Monaco. The Ballets de Monte-Carlo performed at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre at an event attended by HSH Prince Albert II, HSH Princess Stephanie and a host of UAE VIPs. Additionally, the Cirque de Monte Carlo treated the public to fantastic entertainment from Monte Carlo’s famed festivals on the Jubilee stage.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and HSH Princess Stephanie of Monaco, were welcomed by Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation & Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai; and Najeeb Al Ali, Executive Director, Commissioner General Office, Expo 2020 Dubai.
HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco said: “The Expo 2020 Dubai Theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future leads us to more deeply question how we can use the extraordinary technical means available to us today. The hyper-connectivity offered by modern communications means we need to consider how to teach our children ethical rules. The Monaco Pavilion addresses this theme by an interactive bench, which offers a screen interface to interact with other visitors from a diverse variety of backgrounds, symbolic of achieving calm dialogue to achieve harmony.”
Najeeb Al Ali, said: “Monaco’s identity is expressed at its pavilion through the Garden of Opportunities, which sets the stage for a taste of the best that Monaco has to offer, from its advanced marine life and polar biology scientific research, to Education sector digitisation. Monaco’s strong cultural landscape is featured through a fascinating Arts and Culture Exhibit where guests can enjoy the finest Monaco theatre, ballet and Opera.”
Al Ali outlined how the UAE is looking to strengthen economic and cultural ties with Monaco: “As the only country in the world with a Human Development Index above 1 and a near zero unemployment rate, Monaco has a lot to offer. The UAE’s own example of swift development provides an example of the great synergy that exists between our two countries, which is something we look forward to further exploring at Expo and beyond.”
The day’s events also saw the UAE and Monaco use the Expo 2020 Dubai platform as an opportunity to boost bilateral cooperation between the two nations. The countries signed a Double Taxation Agreement at a ceremony joined by His Excellency Jean Castellini, Minister of Finance and Economy of Monaco & His Excellency Mohamed Bin Hadi Al Hussaini, UAE Minister of State for Financial Affairs.
During an event held at the Leadership Pavilion, HSH Prince Albert II presented a watercolour painting by Giumio Colombo, representing a Monaco-Ville rampart and a view of the Mediterranean Sea, which also included an elegant frame by Christian Tiercin.
The Monaco Pavilion is located in the Opportunity District and is inspired by the principality’s legendary ‘Rock of Monaco’. The gem-like, polygonal pavilion takes visitors on a multi-sensory journey through mirrored exhibition spaces, replicating the sights and sounds of the French Riviera. Its main façade is covered with solar panels and takes inspiration from the labyrinthine streets of Monaco itself, through a maze-like layout that offers surprises around every corner: interactive penguins, cars that run on compressed air and kaleidoscopic visual displays. It features the ‘Garden of Opportunities’, which brings to life Monaco’s warm, sunny climate.
National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each features a flag-raising ceremony at the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.
Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.