A recent ground-blessing ceremony marked the start of construction of Peru’s country pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Part of the Mobility District, it has been designed to bring to life the country’s cultural diversity and ancient wisdom.
Under the theme ‘Timeless, Always Peru’, the pavilion will feature a unique architectural design that evokes the path the nation has travelled throughout its existence, telling stories from the past 10,000 years.
“We are, and will always be, a country that transcends time. Even after many centuries, we continue to surprise the world: Inca constructions still astonish visitors through their innovative building techniques that have endured the passage of time. We have learnt from our ancestors to work as a community, looking to the future while keeping our past alive”, said H.E Vasquez Vela, Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism of Peru.
The pavilion will reproduce the last Inca bridge, Q’eswachaka, welcoming visitors and symbolising the connection between the past, present and future of Peru.
“This bridge – which is woven annually by communities in Cusco – represents the path that Peru has travelled throughout its history, nourished by multiple influences and events that have given us the identity that today fills us with pride. It also represents the path we are traveling, one that will take us to the future as a country. A country with an infinite wealth, great export products and beautiful tourist attractions for the world to see. This path is based on the sustainability of our biodiversity, our history and our cultural diversity, and shows our contribution towards the construction of a better future for humanity,” added H.E Vasquez Vela.
“Expo 2020 Dubai is a great opportunity to showcase to the world what we are, who we are and what we are made of – from our marvellous attractions to our award-winning gastronomy; and from our cultural and natural diversity to our ancestral knowledge and intangible heritage. It is a great opportunity to showcase our talent, hospitality, creativity, uniqueness and diversity, as well as the tremendous array of opportunities and vast possibilities to be fostered commercially.”
Mr. Luis Torres, Executive President of the Commission for the Promotion of Peru for Export and Tourism (PROMPERÚ), said: “We are extremely proud to be part of the most anticipated World Expo in history. We are coordinating with our partners from the public and private sectors to guarantee a great representation of Peru at the Expo.”
The ceremony was also attended by Alvaro Silva Santisteban, Director of the Trade and Tourism of Peru in the UAE; and Deputy Commissioner General of Peru for Expo 2020, Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.