Updated 29 October 2021
The Expo 2020 Dubai has opened up a window for several nations to promote their culture, traditions and identity through their pavilions. Mexico’s pavilion in the Mobility District will showcase national treasures by connecting history with modern times and illustrate the nation’s proposal for the future.
Here are five things you must know about the Mexico pavilion before you get there.
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Mexico is marking its participation at the Expo 2020 Dubai through its profound motto ‘Tejiendo Vidas’, which translates to ‘weaving lives’. Visitors will learn about the beauty of Mexico by experiencing its vivid colours at the hands of their artisans. The pavilion aims to highlight Mexico’s lush terrains, tourist attractions and accommodating nature via the concept behind the pavilion; Mexico: flowers, travels and hospitality.
The weaving lives pavilion
Mexico believes in empowering its female artisans, and this can be acknowledged through its picturesque façade, woven by a community of 200 women. The state of Jalisco, which is prominent for its handicrafts and folk art, was in charge of weaving the beautiful façade for the Mexico pavilion. The handwoven strips of the raffia fibre diagonally cover the three-storey building through a brilliant array of colours. The strips represent the Latin American country as “full of culture, heritage and colour”.
Monarch butterflies and a mystical experience
The monarch butterflies are powerful and beloved insects that hold a special place in Mexico’s culture and traditions. The monarchs are known for their migratory pattern and are often sighted arriving from their yearly migration during Día de Muertos (Day of the Dead festival). The Mexico Pavilion, situated in the Mobility district at the Expo, highlights the monarch’s unique mobility and migratory functions. The monarch butterflies are also a symbol of resilience representing immigrants who have spread all over the world.
Visitors who enter the pavilion will experience the enchanting Mayan pyramids that will give them an insight into how the 4,000-year-old civilization lived in the past. In addition, the renowned nature photographer Pepe Soho has created an area showcasing Mexican biodiversity through its flora and fauna. Visitors can indulge in an astounding journey and experience scents evoking Mexico’s natural landscapes and flowers as they watch the Monarch butterflies take flight through an enthralling visual representation.
Valuing the Native craftsmanship
Handicraft stores at the pavilion exhibit Mexico’s rich and diverse indigenous arts and crafts. Mexican handcrafts and folk art are created using various materials and is fashioned for ornamental, decorative or other purposes.
Visitors can find handmade souvenirs made by traditional artisans at stalls set up at the pavilion. Among some of the items on sale are the native black clay pottery, ceramics, handwoven baskets, jewellery, rebozos and items created for celebrations, festivities, and religious rites. These handicrafts and indigenous items were introduced to educate visitors on one of Mexico’s most-valued economic industries – run by the National Fund for the Promotion of Handicrafts.
Creating alliances and business opportunities
One of the objectives is to make possible political and business alliances between the UAE and Mexico to attain a free trade agreement. This will also help to re-launch the tourist and cultural sectors in the country that have been affected by the COVID-19 public health crisis. The pavilion aims to highlight the diversity that makes Mexico a cultural powerhouse with a promise of innovation and a vision for the future.
The Mexico Pavilion is open daily
The Mexico pavilion is based in the Mobility District at Expo 2020, and it will be open from 10 AM – 10 PM every day.