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NBC- KLM event @Expo2020

We had the honor to have President and CEO of KLM Mr. Pieter Elbers attending our Monthly Networking event on 23rd of January at the Netherlands Pavilion Expo 2020 Dubai!

After welcoming our guests by our Vice-chair Willum van den Hoogen and General Manager Middle East at Air France-KLM Simon Scholte, Pieter Elbers took us through the journey of the tough but very interesting past 2 years of KLM.

Also looking towards the future by expanding their approach for Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF). KLM is a member of Dutch Sustainability group. An initiative by Dutch companies in the UAE where it brings together expertise from a wide variety of sectors to deliver sustainability projects in the UAE.

Understanding Expo2020

Programme for the People and Planet

Inspiring collective and meaningful action to address the world’s most critical challenges and opportunities.
The Programme for People and Planet is a platform for the free and open exchange of new ideas and innovations. It’s designed to help reimagine the global economy; place equality, universal respect and human dignity at the centre of human progress; and instill a sense of responsibility to live in harmony and balance with the natural world. 

Through five tracks – Build Bridges, Leave No One Behind, Live in Balance, Thrive Together and UAE Vision 2071 – we will explore humanity’s most pressing challenges through a cultural, social, environmental and economic lens. 

We will build a global community of action from across our 200-plus participants and partners, and millions of visitors around the world. Together, we will unlock the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future as we engage in conversations that matter and deliver real-life solutions to real-life challenges.
NBC event

NBC Opening Event Expo 2020

On the 7th of October 2021, NBC welcomed over 150 members to their opening event to experience the Netherlands Pavilion at Expo for the first time.
NBC would like to extend their gratitude to DutchDubai 2020 for their warm welcome and hospitality and Van der Linde Catering + Evenementen for the delicious food and beverages.
Thank you Wirtz for the amazing wrap-up video reflecting the great sponsor diner. 
Last but not least, a big thank you to the sponsors: Shell, Boskalis, Emirates LeasePlan, Van Oord, FrieslandCampina, Akzo Nobel, NLinBusiness and DAFZA who made this special evening possible. 

The Netherlands’ official programme for Expo 2020

Find here the latest programme information pack for Expo 2020, 


Join us

Save the dates for NBC Monthly Networking events at Expo 2020

Join us and reserve the dates for the great Netherlands Business Council networking events at Expo 2020. Every month many networking possibilities with very interesting themes and speakers at the Netherlands Pavilion. 

More updates and invitations to members will follow soon. Keep also an eye on our website and social media.


Opening at The Netherlands Pavilion


Networking  Event - Sustainability and the nexus  at  7-10pm


Networking  Event - Inside & Outside: Developments in urban design to cope with climate change at  7-10pm


Networking  Event - Successes & achievements of Dutch businesses in the UAE - part of NL sports week


Joint new year’s reception Netherlands Business Council  & Consulate General Dubai at  7-10pm


Networking  Event Global Goals Week & sustainability at  7-10pm


Networking  Event – Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods at  7-10pm


Networking  Event – Water at  7-10pm


For more information on the events, please send an email to office@nlbcuae.com

NL pavilion: Ready for Expo 2020

The Netherlands pavilion ready for opening at Expo 2020 Dubai

With the handover of a symbolic key, the new Netherlands pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai has officially been delivered today. This means that the Dutch entry will be ready in time for the opening on October 1st.

The key was handed over virtually in the Dutch city of Rotterdam, during a meeting between governments, companies and knowledge institutions connected to the Dutch theme ‘Uniting Water Energy Food’ at the Expo.

Join the Making of a New World

Tickets for Expo 2020 are available NOW!

The wait is over! TICKETS ARE NOW AVAILABLE to Expo 2020 Dubai, an exhilarating global stage that will showcase the best of design, innovation, architecture, culture and technology from around the world! Hit the link to buy your tickets.  

NL Pavilion update

Netherlands Pavilion zeroes in on food security solutions for Expo 2020 Dubai

Published in Gulfnews : 11 July 2021.

The Netherlands Pavilion will merge water, energy and food solutions into a biotope at Expo 2020 Dubai.

In an interview with Gulf News, Hans Sandee, Consul General of Kingdom of the Netherlands in the UAE and Commissioner General of the Netherlands Pavilion, says that the world’s population is projected to reach 10 billion by the year 2050 as per the United Nations. “We realise that you can only cater to such a huge number when you do something different as we do in our pavilion,” Sandee adds.

The final countdown

100 things to know about Expo 2020 Dubai

Published in Gulfnews : 23 June 2021.

In just a 100 tidbits, we'll convince you to attend the mega-event coming this October.

It’s time. The final countdown has begun. There are only 100 days left for the Greatest Show on Earth: Dubai’s Expo 2020. With COVID-19 protocols firmly in place, the emirate is gearing up to welcome visitors from far and wide; more than 190 countries are participating, bringing their best offerings to the table. As we head firmly into show time, here’s a look at 100 things to see, do and know about when October comes around.

Dutch pavilion in the news

solar-powered rainfall and edible plants to be on show at dazzling Dutch pavilion

Nature will spring into life and the power of the sun will make it rain inside a dazzling Dutch pavilion housing a vertical farm at Expo 2020 Dubai.

A giant cone blanketed with edible plants that shelters mushrooms growing within will be ready by June as the eagerly-awaited world's fair continues to take shape.

Read more in the National News UAE

Dutch participation

Connecting minds for a sustainable future 

Unique through ingenuity, that is what we - Dutch - are. We bring people, knowledge and technology together for a higher purpose. Always with a view to a sustainable future.

As far as we can remember we make connections. Preferably all over the world. Driven by finding opportunities for impossible challenges, especially in the field of wind and water. We know better than anyone how we are natural must manage and connect elements. Water, energy and food are one.

With the Dutch participation in Dubai Expo 2020, we are aiming at entering into new economic, technological and political partnerships

Dutch Pavilion

The Netherlands create a temporary biotope

Inside the  Dutch pavilion visitors are treated to a sensorially rich experience of Dutch know-how and skills in the field of innovative water, energy and food harvesting. The circular or closed-loop climate concept generates a world in which visitors are able to immerse themselves in silence, warmth, coolness, light, darkness, agriculture and water, and in which they can discover natural ways of controlling climate. In Dubai’s dry desert climate, the Netherlands will create a temporary biotope.

NBC Award 2020

Celebrating Dutch innovations

After an exciting competition with … competitors, the four winners of the NBC 2020 Awards were announced at our virtual awards ceremony in honour of Expo2020 Dubai in November 2020. With nine outstanding nominees, the judges had a tough time selecting the winner in each category. We are delighted to announce the winners of:

Without the support of the wonderful sponsors and members: Shell, Boskalis, LeasePlan Emirates, NLinBusiness and Dafza this event would not have been possible and last but not least we like to thank all our members for their support and trust.We are looking forward to seeing you all at Expo 2020.  Where we can all enjoy and admire these impactful innovations of the winners and much more in the field of Water - Energy - Food -Nexus at the Netherlands Pavilion.

You can watch the award ceremony here.

And the winner of

the Boskalis Water Award is...

From the 10 outstanding applications the jury chose the winner because they impressed the judges with its potential to contribute to both water availability and carbon emissions. The jury believes that this is a great and groundbreaking innovation. We need a lot more green in the world and Groasis can provide this. It is clear that Groasis has a passion to make a difference and we are proud to be able to help them in achieving this.

And the winner of

The Shell Nexus Award is...

The concept of extracting energy from tidal waves is really appealing. It's a solution that be can used for centuries to come and all applied around the world. The jury considers this the product’s strength. The economic and environmental impact is huge, and the jury beliefs DMEC  would really make a difference with this product.

And the winner of

the NL in Business Food Award is...

The jury believes the winner is solving major problems not only for us, but also for future generations. Protifarm has a fully automated farm, based on vertical farming and patented processing techniques, insect larvae are converted into sustainable, high-quality, functional ingredients for the food industry. Protifarm bridges the gap in consumer acceptance by producing recognizable functional ingredients for everyday recipes.

And the winner of

The LeasePlan Emirates Energy Award is...

ZigZagSolar is turning sustainable dreams into a reality. They show the power of both Dutch design and technology and their solar models would make the world a better place by offering affordable, good-looking, high-performance solar facades. ZigZagSolar offers architects over mass-customization and endless freedom in design.

Video credits: Olivier de Zeeuw