India Pavilion among most-visited Expo 2020 attractions with more than 300,000 visitors in 43 days

DUBAI, 13 November 2021 – The India Pavilion hit a significant milestone yesterday (November 12), becoming one of the most-visited sites at Expo 2020 Dubai with more than 300,000 visitors in a mere 43 days.

The pavilion opened its doors to the public on October 1, with an inauguration ceremony led by Shri Piyush Goyal, India’s Minister of Commerce & Industry, Consumer Affairs & Food & Public Distribution and Textiles.

Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commissioner General of India at Expo 2020, said: “The huge interest of visitors in the India Pavilion is a sign of confidence on India’s resilience and opportunities, besides the vibrant culture of the country, which is in full display in different state weeks being held in the pavilion. The pavilion has been visited by 31 country delegations, and 175 high-profile visitors have also graced it with their visit.”

A number of government dignitaries and celebrities have visited the pavilion since it opened, including V Muraleedharan, Minister of State for External Affairs & Parliamentary Affairs; and Bollywood stars Deepika Padukone and Janhvi Kapoor.

India Pavilion among most-visited Expo 2020 attractions with more than 300,000 visitors in 43 days
DUBAI, 11 October 2021. Visitors at the India Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by David Jimenez/Expo 2020 Dubai)

The India Pavilion has hosted an array of cultural activities in October to celebrate the Dussehra, Navratri and Diwali festivals. Several business sessions and conferences on investment opportunities were also organised by the states of Gujarat, Karnataka and Ladakh since the pavilion’s inauguration. This week, the pavilion held a number of bilateral conferences, including the India-GCC Business conference.

Throughout November, the India Pavilion will organise state-focused event weeks with several business and cultural activities. The state-specific weeks are set to revolve around Telangana, Rajasthan and Maharashtra. The month’s engagements will also focus on India’s oil, gas and textiles sectors.

December will see participation from states including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Kerala. The focus will be on key sectors such as electronics and IT, energy conservation, environment and sustainability, higher education and skills, tribal affairs, spices and tourism.