Norway Pavilion

Norway – Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions at the Expo in Dubai

October 1st, 2021 – March 31st 2022.

Norway Pavilion

Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions

The Norwegian pavilion is based on the overarching theme of the Ocean. The oceans hold the key to reaching many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, focusing on SDG 14, to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Norway is a pioneer in technology-based sustainable solutions for the ocean within energy, aquaculture, fisheries, shipping and the maritime sector. We want the world to know what Norway has to offer in terms of innovations, research and applied technologies within these industries.

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“The Norwegian coastline is one of the world’s longest. The marine areas we manage are more than five times as large as our land territory. The ocean has shaped our history and our people, and has challenged us to develop sustainable technology that are at the forefront globally. We are showcasing these solutions at Expo 2020, to contribute to the greatest possible sustainable value creation in the ocean industries.”

– Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy, Bjørnar Selnes Skjæran

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Sustainable Oceans and the UN

Join us at Nexus for People and Planet on March 27 at 1400 for this seminar with the UN Global Compact.

The oceans hold the key to reaching many of the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Many ocean-based industries have the potential to outperform the growth of the global economy, both in terms of additional value and employment. That is only possible if we manage the ocean wisely.

The UN Global Compact is an essential forum for cooperation with industry, and we are very happy to be able to address the important cooperation between governments, international organizations and businesses.

Sustainable Oceans and the UN

Nordic Piano Music Week

The Artists-in-Residence at Ingesund Piano Center is travelling to Dubai World Expo during 22-29 March, playing at Nordic and other international pavilions at the World Expo. They will play 4 programs with piano music from Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden as well as programs with mixed music from all countries including Iceland.

Nordic Piano Music Week

Space technology for Sustainable Oceans

Join us for a paralell session under the the Water Business Forum on Water Day, Mar 22 at 1415 at the DEC.

Satellite data can be used to effectively monitor the world´s oceans, providing timely and targeted information about pollution, fishing activity, algae blooms, installations, wind, and waves to end-users all over the world. Detecting pollution as early as possible reduces clean-up cost and environmental impact. Uncovering illegal fishing fleets is instrumental for the protection of life in the ocean and detection of harmful algae ensure water security.

In this session in cooperation with our partner KSAT – Kongsberg Satellite Services, experts from Norway and UAE will present compelling examples from the region of good stewardship and ocean protection using space-based technology.

Space technology for Sustainable Oceans

Norway Day

Norway celebrated its National Day at the Expo 2020 on February 23rd 2022. A high-level business delegation led by Minister of Fisheries and Ocean Policy Bjørnar Skjæran visited the Expo 2020 Dubai.

Norway Day


Join us at the Sustainable Energy Solutions: UNLOCKING THE FULL POTENTIAL OF THE BLUE ECONOMY FOR THE ENERGY TRANSITION. On Tuesday January 18 we will host a Norwegian-Belgian Sustainable Ocean Solutions event at the Norway Pavilion, as part of Global Goals Week and G-STIC: Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Community, featuring partners DNV and Equinor.


Sustainable Oceans Forum

Join us at the Sustainable Oceans Forum at the Seatrade Middle East Conference at Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai. Norway invites you to a series of seminars to
explore a path forward towards greener and more sustainable maritime solutions.

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Norwegian Magnus Carlsen defends World Chess Champion title

The Norway Pavilion supported Norwegian World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen, who defended his title for the fith time against Challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi at the FIDE – International Chess Federation World Championship at Expo 2020 Duba!

Minister of Trade and Industry opening the pavilion and new partner signing

On Monday October 3 the Norwegian pavilion was officially opened by Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Iselin Nybø. We also signed a new partner to the Norway Expo Dubai project.

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Visit the Norway Pavilion at the Virtual Expo

If you are not able to visit Expo 2020 Dubai in person, you can now visit the Norway Pavilion virtually! The Virtual Expo has now been launched!

You can walk around the Norway Pavilion and see the highlights of the pavilion show.

For the best experience, and to access our AR content you can download the app from GooglePlay or AppStore before entering the 360 Pavilion.

Experience the Virtual Expo Pavilion

Norway Pavilion receives first visitors

The Expo 2020 Dubai opened today October 1st, and the Norway Pavilion has received it’s first visitors! Come visit us in the Opportunity District and experience our Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions!

Norway Pavilion Launches Norway Expo 2020 App

The Norway Pavilion is ready to welcome you when the Expo 2020 Dubai opens tomorrow October 1st. To enhance your experience at the Norway Pavilion you may already download the Norway Expo 2020 App from App Store or GooglePlay!

In addition to AR experiences in the pavilion, you will find in-depth information on the Pioneering sustainable Ocean Solutions featured in the Norway Pavilion, information about Norway’s Ocean Policies, tourism in Norway and our Partners.

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Norway Pavilion staff arrived in Dubai

One week to go, and the staff at the Norwegian Pavilion has arrived in Dubai and started their training in preparation for the opening.

Norway Curating Session on Ocean Plastics at Expo Talks: Water

Norway curated a panel discussion on Ocean Plastics during the Expo Talks: Water.

Marine plastic litter and microplastics crosses borders and must be addressed across borders. This is a global concern. To address these challenges, and to create a level playing field for businesses, we need to make this change at the global level.

The session was introduced by State Secretary at the Ministry of Climate and the Environment Maren Hersleth Holsen. Panelists were Erik Solheim, president of the Belt and Road Green Development Institute, Emily Penn, Ocean Advocate & Co-Founder and Director of eXXpedition, Dr. La Daana Kanhai, Marine Scientist at The University of the West Indies, Trinidad & Tobago, Eirik Lindebjerg, Global Plastics Policy Lead, WWF, and Catharina Frostad, CSO, Clean Sea Solutions.

See the discussion in the link, starting around 2:30 in.

Expo Water Talks

Ocean panel sets out new course for the world’s oceans

The 14 countries represented on the High-level Panel for a Sustainable Ocean Economy (Ocean Panel) have now made a commitment to sustainably manage 100 % of the ocean areas under their national jurisdiction, in line with Sustainable Ocean Plans, by 2025. This means that in five years’ time, close to 40 % of the world’s coastlines and 30 % of all exclusive economic zones will be covered by integrated management plans. The Ocean Panel urges all other coastal states to develop plans of this kind by 2030.

‘The action agenda outlines a much-needed, far-reaching process of transformation to safeguard the oceans and the future ocean economy. The actions identified by the Ocean Panel are ambitious, but realistic, and at the same time essential if we are to achieve the SDGs. Norway will do its part and will provide the support it can, based on our experience and leadership in this area. We urge other coastal and ocean states to adopt our ‘100 % approach’ and work to ensure sustainable management of all their ocean areas,’ Ms Solberg said.

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Expo 2020 Dubai

The Expo 2020 Dubai has been postponed to 2021.This is the first time the World Exposition is hosted in the Middle East. The purpose of World Expositions is to promote international relations through uniting world countries with the exchange and exposure of ideas, new thoughts, innovation and experience in business, education, research and technology.

“A BETTER WORLD TOGETHER!” is the main theme for the Expo 2020 Dubai is Expo 2020 Dubai is not just another trade show – but a World Exposition where the world is gathering to present and showcase technology and knowhow for the future. Expo 2020 Dubai themes are in reference to the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The EXPO theme recognises that generating sustainable solutions to global problems demands collaboration across cultures, nations and regions.

At least 190 countries have confirmed their participation. Among these, around 80 countries will have their own self-build pavilion, with design and content never seen before. A number of NGOs, major corporations, institutes and academia will have their own exhibition facilities.

The EXPO site is situated between the new Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC) and The Port of Jebel Ali, and only a 35-40 minutes’ drive from Downtown Dubai and Dubai International Airport (DXB).

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