The Brussels-Capital Region at Expo 2020 in Dubai
A Brussels mission led by Pascal Smet, State Secretary for Urbanism, International Relations and Foreign Trade, visited Dubai from 31 January to 5 February 2022 on the occasion of Expo 2020 Dubai. Several regional economic and cultural players attended the Brussels Days at the Expo.
On Monday 31 January 2022, Pascal Smet, Brussels State Secretary for Urbanism, International Relations and Foreign Trade, officially kicked off the programme of the ambitious Brussels mission to Dubai. A program that ended on a high note during the Belgian Day at Expo 2020 Dubai, in the presence of King Philippe and Queen Mathilde.
A large cross-section of Brussels economy and culture
The representatives of Brussels International and hub.brussels were joined by several Brussels finance, real estate, construction and luxury goods companies on this regional mission. A delegation from the Ommegang, the Jazz Station Big Band and the Brussels designer Charles Kaisin also travelled to Dubai.
The schedule for the Brussels Days consisted of a steady flow of meetings, workshops, exchanges and artistic performances. The highlight was the visit to Expo 2020 Dubai and in particular the Belgian Pavilion, where participants enjoyed a wildly popular programme of events: a concert by the Jazz Station Big Band in honour of the centenary of the birth of Toots Thielemans – the legendary harmonica player and famous jazz musician from Brussels – as well as a smaller-scale Ommegang featuring Emperor Charles V and his court in period costumes, accompanied by dancers, musicians, flag throwers and stilt walkers.
A Belgian Day with a Brussels twist
The Brussels-Capital Region was also well represented on Belgian Day (5 February 2022).
The performance of the Jazz Station Big Band musicians under the dome in Al Wasl Plaza during the official ceremony will go down in the jazz orchestra’s history as one of the more memorable events. The Ommegang provided another excellent opportunity to highlight the Region’s heritage on the world stage. The long historical procession attracted thousands of onlookers as it wound its way through the Expo 2020 Dubai site.