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Japan Day to be held on December 11, 2021 as part of the new Schedule for Expo 2020 Dubai

- Application process for Japan Pavilion attendants to begin -

December 11, 2020

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) hereby announces that the date for Japan Day at the Dubai Expo 2020 has been fixed for Saturday, December 11, 2021. Applications for Japan Pavilion attendants will be opened from Friday, December 11, 2020.

1. Overview of Japan day

In consideration of the COVID-19 crisis , Expo 2020 Dubai was postponed a year and will now open from Friday, October 1, 2021, until Thursday, March 31, 2022. As part Expo 2020’s programme, every participating country will be able to celebrate its own National Day, and the date for Japan Day has been fixed for Saturday, December 11, 2021. Serving as an opportunity to showcase Japan’s attractions and regional initiatives, Japan Day will be marked with events that also tie into  Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan. The day’s events are being organized together with a variety of companies and organizations, taking into account the new normal presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

2. Overview of the application process

To help ensure the success of the Japan Pavilion, the applications process for Japan Pavilion attendants will be begin on December 11, 2020. Attendants who are inspired and motivated to facilitate once-in-a-lifetime connections will take up the important role of interacting with guests, and, through this exchange, help pave the way for Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

The application process will be open from Friday, December 11, 2020, to 12:00 on Monday, March, 22, 2021. Interested parties are encouraged to refer to the attendant recruitment site for more details.

3. Progress of the construction of the Japan Pavilion Preparations for Expo’s opening next year are progressing smoothly.

Construction of the Japan Pavilion continues to proceed on site and the venue is gradually taking shape, with the exterior façade and interior of various rooms currently complete.

Current appearance of the Expo 2020 Dubai Japan Pavilion (as of November 27, 2020)

Comments from the architecture team


“The other day I finally saw the project nearing completion for the first time. Designing a building in a location as far away as the Middle East has certainly had its ups and downs, but I believe the intricate style of the Japan Pavilion has come together wonderfully, a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm of the construction and project teams. I hope a variety of visitors come and experience what the Japan Pavilion has to offer.”


”In the Middle East’s first registered Expo, the design and engineering were conducted with the aim of creating a Japan Pavilion in sync with the local climate and culture that would resonate with both Japanese and Middle Eastern sensibilities. With the COVID-19 pandemic making the importance of the Expo’s theme—Connecting Minds—all the more clear, we would like to showcase technological and cultural connections through the elaborate aesthetics Japan is known for.”

Comments from the construction team

Obayashi Corporation

“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we carried out the construction work while taking a variety of measure for safety and hygiene, with the prevention of transmission between people from around the world who work at the site always our first priority. Moving forward, we will continue to place the utmost importance on the health and safety of the project team and we will demonstrate the comprehensive capabilities of the Obayashi Group to create a Japan Pavilion that facilitates connections between all those who visit.”

Reference: Outline of the Japan Pavilion

Sponsors and special cooperators of the Japan Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai

Division in Charge

International Exhibitions Promotion Office, Commerce and Service Industry Policy Group

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