Why Germany’s pavilion is one of the most talked about at Expo 2020 Dubai

Germany’s pavilion is one of the most talked about at Expo 2020 Dubai, continuing to draw curious crowds and regular visitors as the world’s fair enters its final days.

Hundreds of people line up outside the pavilion, sometimes for over three hours, to partake in the fun and excitement it offers.

Outside, attendants hand out water and even offer impromptu craft classes, teaching people how to make paper hats as they wait in line.

Many revisit the pavilion, which is built around a campus theme, for the pure pleasure of sitting on swings in the final area called the “graduation hall”, moving in sync with glowing light bulbs.

People are surprised that Germany is so cool, no one expected this from Germany

Sebastian Rosito, Germany Pavilion

Others return to take a closer look at the interactive exhibit that shows how to harness the energy of the ocean or watch a model elevator that moves horizontally.

Pavilion manager Sebastian Rosito said the fun element surprised visitors.

“It’s a different art of telling stories that people love,” he said. The National.

“Entertainment and education, when combined, are popular. We witness this every day with the crowd.

“People are surprised that Germany is so cool. No one expected this from Germany. We even got this reaction from visiting Germans.

Here’s a selection of attractions people can’t wait to see before Expo ends on March 31.

Charged with energy

From the moment a visitor is registered with a badge, unusual learning methods begin.

Parents plunge behind their children into a large pit filled with 100,000 yellow recycled plastic balls.

Outside the pit, each ball, when placed in a special scanner, tells a story about green efforts in Germany.

These balls will be distributed to nurseries and schools in the United Arab Emirates and Germany once the Expo is over.

Visitors can move a lever to observe how wave energy generates electricity. This exhibition shows how a generator placed at the bottom of the ocean uses the movement of waves to capture and supply electricity for a year to more than 600 homes.

Then, pull a string that maneuvers a kite across a screen, for a quick lesson in harnessing wind power.

In another cabin, children pull a rattling chain into a deep hole to represent geothermal energy from deep within the Earth that the city of Munich aims to harness for district heating by 2040.

Have fun with learning

Visitors maintain their balance on moving discs for a lesson in the regular supply of electricity at the German pavilion at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai.  Pawan Singh / The National

Being part of the experience, not a spectator reading billboards, draws people to the pavilion more than once.

Helen Nevis, a tourist from South Africa, visited the pavilion three times in two weeks.

“I love how we each get a name badge and our names are displayed on the walls with information about our country’s environmental efforts,” she said.

“It’s a real revelation.”

Families gather around a large table to pass a ball through chambers where it collects imaginary bacteria replicating a German research project to treat sewage.

Another group of three struggle to maintain their balance on constantly moving discs as part of a game about intelligent electricity control systems.

Ms Nevis said she took dozens of videos to show her friends the lessons she had learned about building sustainably in a separate room on megacities.

Here, skyscraper models show elevators using magnets instead of strings, vertical farming, and building facades made of clay and crushed glass.

To balance

Visitors swing through the Hall of Degrees, the final room in the German Pavilion at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.  Pawan Singh / The National

A crowd favorite is the final swing-filled space.

Each visitor’s name is beamed onto the wall as they enter and sit on a swing.

As the band sways back and forth and achieves a synchronized rhythm, their movement controls the glowing bulbs in the center that dip and rise in tandem.

Adults and children cheer and cheer during the finale which comes with a message of working together.

“People are moved because they are very happy in this room,” said Mr. Rosito, the director of the pavilion.

“It was a way to raise awareness that we really need to work together to solve today’s big problems.”

Updated: March 23, 2022, 04:43

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