The EXPO in Dubai will start in a year

5. 10. 2020

There is just one year left until the opening of the first General World Exposition in the Arab World. The EXPO gates in Dubai are not scheduled to open until October 1, 2021, but the vast majority of the organizers' buildings are ready and by the end of 2020 most of the pavilions of foreign participants should be built. In the Czech one, the scientific team of the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of the Czech Technical University tested the S.A.W.E.R. system – the technological and expositional core of the pavilion producing water from the air, in provisional conditions.

The scientific team of the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings of the CTU started the installation of the expensive technology in the pavilion of the Czech Republic in mid-September, even though the space for it was not ready - and on October 1, 2020 in the morning, exactly one year before the start of the EXPO, the team managed to use a generator to start the desiccation unit; the part of the system that adsorbs H2O molecules from the air.

"The water is flowing, but it is a provisional test - we have not yet been able to connect the solar panels to the system or start water production at a hundred percent," says Tomáš Matuška, head of the CTU UCEEB team, “all that is left to do now is to secure everything, because the room is not sealed against dust and we will have to return to Dubai at the end of the year."

The biotope of the garden is able to grow in the desert sand thanks to microbial cultures supplied by subsurface irrigation - a system tested at the Botanical Institute of the Academy of Sciences. It should be planted around the pavilion by the end of February 2021 - at the optimal time to plant plants in the UAE. The technological and botanical part of the S.A.W.E.R. system will then be connected to create an oasis in the desert.

"We arrived in Dubai in February this year, but the garden was not ready for the construction of an irrigation system and for planting," explains Miroslav Vosátka from the Botanical Institute in Průhonice, optimistically adding: "On the other hand, we did not have to worry about the plants dying from a lack of water from the S.A.W.E.R. system during the summer. "

The General Commissioner of Czech participation at the EXPO expects that the work on the pavilion will resume by the end of October, so that the entire construction is completed by November. The cloud of capillaries, designed by Czech architects from the Formosa AA studio, symbolizing a massive spring gushing from the sand and functioning as a parasol protecting the garden and visitors in front of the pavilion, will be finished by the end of the year.

"There was a large delay during the construction of the pavilion," says Jiří F. Potužník, General Commissioner of Czech participation at the EXPO, "we will probably not be the first completed building at the EXPO as it was five years ago in Milan, but we will use the extra time to coordinate the architecture of the pavilion with the indoor exposition."

The budget of the Czech Republic's participation at the EXPO in Dubai is currently around 330 million crowns - in addition to the state contribution of 185.2 million crowns, the General Commissioner will use almost 70 million of savings from the World Expositions in Milan and Shanghai. The sum of around 80 million is also being provided by third party investments, mostly from private companies that have the potential and want to present themselves at the EXPO in Dubai.