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UAE Shares Its Sustainability Journey At Floriade Expo 2022 International Horticultural Exhibition

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The UAE Pavilion, entitled “Salt Water Cities: Where the Land Meets the Sea” at the Floriade Expo 2022 International Horticultural Exhibition (Floriade) in the Netherlands Netherlands, shows how the UAE has overcome the challenging environment of desert and sea to grow prosperous and sustainable cities.

Mariam bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment, announced the UAE’s participation in this international forum, commenting, “We are honored to join Floriade Expo 2022 and share in the UAE’s sustainability journey. Saltwater Cities : Where the Land Meets the Sea demonstrates how the UAE has adapted to our desert environment and arid climate and how our commitment to conserving biodiversity and upholding food and water security is driving socio-economic development through a single lens. sustainable.

He added: “Our ancestors and founding fathers addressed the constraints posed by our desert environment through responsible use of natural resources; this resilience continues today as we work to strengthen our food security for current and future generations.”

Jamal Al Musharrekh, the UAE Ambassador to the Kingdom of the Netherlands, is serving as Commissioner General of the UAE Pavilion in Floriade, which officially opened on April 14, 2022.

Showcasing for the first time at Floriade, the UAE Pavilion, which will welcome visitors through October 9, explores how the country is meeting the challenges of a landscape where water scarcity, scorching heat and saline soil make horticulture typical is almost impossible to achieve sustainably.

Al Musharrekh added that Salt Water Cities showcases the UAE’s response to the Floriade theme of “growing green cities”, telling the story of a unique journey of optimism and resilience and how the people of the UAE have overcome the challenges of living in an ecotone of desert and sea to grow prosperous and sustainable cities.

Commenting on the pavilion, the UAE ambassador said: “The history of the UAE is a story of ambition and collective progress, and we are honored to host our inaugural pavilion at Floriade Expo 2022. Our extreme weather means that sustainability is intrinsic to our national identity and DNA.

“Salt Water Cities shows how we live side by side with our environment by creating circular systems of biosaline agriculture, as shown in the garden of the UAE Pavilion, to encourage new innovations to address food and water security and make make our cities more efficient, sustainable and sustainable”. By sharing the stories and knowledge of UAE innovators and plants, we hope to bring solutions to build a better tomorrow.

“We are proud to present our answer to how to grow greener cities and look forward to creating deeper connections with and looking to our fellow Floriade participants for inspiration.”

The UAE Pavilion guest experience at Floriade Expo 2022 begins with a saltwater garden inspired by circular biosaline farming systems created in the UAE. The exhibit features halophytic plants that can thrive in the UAE’s saltwater environment: salicornia, quinoa, mangroves, microalgae, and seagrasses.

On the opening day, the Commissioner General was joined by the Mayor of Almere, representatives from the Netherlands and the creatives who contributed to the UAE Pavilion in Floriade, including Tellart, a Dutch company that co-designed the Pavilion display in partnership. with Pragma, based in the United Arab Emirates, the architects of the saltwater garden.

Among the attendees were also representatives of Aectual, a Dutch company that creates custom-made circular architectural systems and interior objects through innovative 3D printing techniques, reusing materials.

Maia Garau, Chief Strategy Officer at Tellart, said: “We are inspired by UAE innovators and scholars looking to nature for answers to global challenges, and Tellart is grateful to co-create with our UAE friends to contribute to the pavilion design. We hope the pavilion will transport visitors to the ecotone of the United Arab Emirates as they immerse themselves in the unique magic of an environment where the desert meets the sea.”

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