The Hungarian Pavilion at the Dubai World’s Fair has welcomed its 500,000th visitor, its managing director announced on Tuesday.
“We are very, very proud to have created such a wonderful pavilion, which shows Hungary, the attractiveness of Hungary’s tourism to the general public, with great success,” said Andrea Tóth, the managing director of Expo 2020 Magyarország Nonprofit Kft. in Dubai.
The total number of visitors to the exposition is now over 10 million, meaning every twentieth person has visited the Hungarian Pavilion.
“This means that since the first day we have been receiving between 5,000 and 8,000 visitors a day, which is a great pride and we are very happy that they love and like the Hungarian Pavilion so much. We also have returning guests who like the experiences here so much that they visit us several times,” the company manager added.
Tóth expects that the goal of one million visitors to visit the Hungarian pavilion by the end of the world exhibition remains realistic.
“Our goal was to present Hungary as much as possible, the tourist destinations that are the most important in the country, to present them as widely as possible, so that more tourists come to Hungary and as many visitors as possible experience the miracle, what Hungary hides,” she explained.
The Pavilion presents the mineral, medicinal and thermal waters of Hungary and architecturally evokes the spirituality of Imre Makovecz, who died in 2011, and the organic architecture he created. It was built by Hungarian carpenters using so-called dry technology, without the use of a single drop of water. The building was designed by Lőrinc Csernyus, a former student and collaborator of Makovecz.
More than 190 countries are showcasing at the Dubai World’s Fair, and this is the first expo in which each exhibiting country has its own independent pavilion. The event, originally scheduled for 2020, had to be postponed for a full year due to the coronavirus epidemic. Due to the pandemic, travel to Dubai is only permitted with a recent negative test, and the expo can only be entered with a vaccine certificate or a negative test result.
The Dubai World’s Fair is open until the end of March.