Around the world in 182 days: Georgia

Crossroad of the future. Pavilion of Georgia at EXPO 2020 in Dubai, UAE.

January 2022

A manifestation of ancient culture and heritage. See the crossroad of the future. The pavilion focuses on traditional winemaking, the Georgian alphabet, sustainable tourism and various business opportunities that stem from Georgian culture/heritage.

Quick facts – Georgia:

  • Georgia is the birthplace of winemaking. Georgia’s uninterrupted tradition of winemaking stretches back at least 8,000 years.
  • One of the oldest alphabets. Georgian language is one of the oldest in the world and is unique in its appearance.
  • People who’ve been inspiring generations. See images of people like Nona Gaprindashvili, the first woman awarded the FIDE title Grandmaster.

In the Georgia Pavilion:

  • Georgia’s oldest Qvevri, a clay pot for storing/fermenting wine, from the 6th century BC.
  • A replica of Svaneti’s UNESCO-recognised Koshki tower, one of the symbols of sustainable tourism.
  • A sculpture depicting the Georgian alphabet: a ‘living culture of three writing systems’.
  • Folk sounds and memorable experiences. Folk sounds chime throughout the pavilion, transporting you to Georgia as you take in photographs and illustrations that create a visceral, memorable experience. Have a deeper sense of connection and understanding of Georgian heritage as you discover its wonders and history.
  • Georgian winemaking. See Georgia’s oldest Qvevri, a clay pot for storing/fermenting wine, from the 6th century BC. Take a look at displays of a historic sculpture of a Tamada (the traditional toastmaster at Georgian feasts), a Satsnakheli (a traditional 9th-century Georgian wine press), and a Supra (a traditional Georgian feast rug).
  • Georgian Alphabet. The Georgian alphabet, is a ‘living culture of three writing systems’ and is in the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. There are 33 letters in the modern Georgian alphabet; 5 vowels and 28 consonants with no capital letters and each letter is pronounced exactly as it is written.
  • Georgia as a trade and logistics hub. As a country at the heart of the crossroad between East and West, the histories of Georgia’s famous sites and traditions are interwoven with the histories of many different cultures, yet Georgia has always remained distinctly itself. The Pavilion highlights not just the mobility of culture but also the unique opportunity Georgia presents as a regional hub of trade and logistics.

Ξ EXPO 2020 Dubai webpage

EXPO 2020 Dubai – Georgia Pavilion

∇ Location: view on Google Maps (Sustainability District)

Ξ EXPO 2020 Dubai webpage

See also:

Georgia at EXPO 2020 Dubai

Around the world in 182 days | EXPO monochrome | Eat at EXPO | All posts about EXPO 2020 Dubai

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© Agata Ziz • All photos were taken by me • All rights reserved

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