The minister said at the ceremony on the following day that, "Slovenia will show know-how, innovation and energy at the Expo".
Počivalšek also presented the volume of trade between Slovenia and the UAE. "In the first 10 months of last year, we recorded a 5,6 percent growth in trade in goods to EUR70,7 million, of which EUR68,6 million was Slovenia's exports."
Expo Dubai will have a record number of the participating countries - a total of 194. Slovenia will be among them, with the pavilion placed in the sustainability venue. Slovenia's pavilion, located in the part of the venue dedicated to sustainability, is built from wood, has green facade and is surrounded by water, expressing three main natural resources of Slovenia - wood, green environment and water.
The aim of Slovenia's participation in Expo Dubai is to strengthen the presence in the markets of South Asian, African and Middle East countries. This is also key in light of post-Covid relief efforts. Slovenia's pavilion will be one of the 83 separate venues, where Slovenian as well as European characteristics will be presented - the EU will not have its own pavilion this year.