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Expo 2020 Dubai: Sheikh Hamdan meets Dutch king, queen – Khaleej Times

Sunday, Nov 07, 2021 | Rabi Al-Aakhir 03, 1443
Published: Wed 3 Nov 2021, 6:42 PM
Last updated: Wed 3 Nov 2021, 8:42 PM
Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, on Wednesday met the Netherlands’ king and queen at Expo 2020 Dubai.
King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima visited Expo to inaugurate the Netherlands pavilion and celebrate the country’s National Day.
Taking to Twitter, Sheikh Hamdan expressed his appreciation for the UAE’s strong ties with the Netherlands.
“I am proud of the friendship relations that unite the two countries, and of this large Dutch delegation present at the most important international exhibition in the heart of Dubai,” he said.
During the meeting, which took place at the Netherlands Pavilion, Sheikh Hamdan and King Willem-Alexander discussed bilateral relations and ways to develop it in various sectors.
They also discussed new avenues to enhance trade and share expertise for the benefit of the people of the two nations.
The meeting also explored opportunities for greater collaboration in the field of sustainability, which is a vital strategic sector for the UAE. Sustainability is also a key focus of the Netherlands pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Sheikh Hamdan and King Willem-Alexander toured the Netherlands pavilion. Designed as a biotope, the Pavilion gives visitors a unique sensory experience.
The climate system featured in the pavilion and its unique design allow visitors to experience the connection between water, energy and food.
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The pavilion also showcases innovative solutions to global issues like water scarcity, food security and energy transition. Though presented on a small scale in the pavilion’s biotope, they have the potential to be developed on a large scale. With a view to keeping the pavilion’s carbon footprint as low as possible, many of the materials used are reusable, recyclable or biodegradable.
A Dutch business delegation, comprising of nearly 50 companies from the water, sustainable energy, food, urban development and logistics sectors, is currently visiting Dubai to further explore partnerships and cooperation.
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