20 Oct 2020 - 10 April 2021

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MONACO INTER EXPO IS HIRING people for Monaco Pavilion at the World Exhibition EXPO 2020 Dubai which will be held in Dubai from October 2020 to April 2021. We are looking for the following job positions : guides, waiters and waitresses, salespeople, linen maid, communication and public relations officer, polyvalent assistant and technical engineers.

Good English level is mandatory and other languages would be appreciated.

If you are interested in participation in this exceptional adventure, send us your CV + a motivational letter by email at : staffpavillonmc@mie.mc



On Thursday April 25th, between 4 and 8pm, Monaco Inter Expo organised at the Café de Paris an open day afternoon session around the theme : " Monaco Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai". For this occasion, interested companies were able to pre-book one or more periods in one of the 2 spaces in the Pavilion that are to be let.



FACTS AND FICTION have been appointed to create Monaco Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai : MONACO 360º, a World of Opportunities.

As the result from a 10 months-long tender process, the Principality of Monaco and Monaco Inter Expo (MIE) have appointed the winning concept. The Cologne-based agency facts and fiction has been selected to realize the Monaco Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai as the turn-key contractor. In a team composed of the Monegasque architect Olivier Deverini (AODA) and the Swiss architect office OOS, the agency provided the most convincing concept to showcase the vision of Monaco 360º.

The overarching theme of the Monaco pavilion is “Monaco 360º”. Within this theme, Monaco will uncover the multi-facets and opportunities the country has to offer through an attractive and content-loaded exhibition.

The motto of the upcoming EXPO in Dubai, starting from October 20th, 2020 to April 10th, 2021, is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. The EXPO site is divided into three areas, each one will highlight a particular sub-theme: “Sustainability”, “Mobility” and “Opportunity”. Monaco will present itself in the “Opportunity” area.



On Wednesday, February 27th, in the presence of H.S.H Prince Albert II, Mohamed ALSAHLAWI, Deputy Chief of Mission, M. Humaid ALMANSOORI, Second Secretary from the UAE Embassy in Paris, H.E. Mrs. Mireille Pettiti, President of Monaco Inter Expo and Albert Croesi, General Commissioner of the Monaco Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, presented the Pavilion which will showcase the Principality of Monaco at the next World Expo in Dubai in 2020, whose general theme is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future ".

With the Monaco theme being "Monaco 360 °, a world of opportunities", the Pavilion of the Principality of Monaco which will occupy more than 1,700 m2, was imagined to surprise and fascinate. Built by Olivier Deverini, in collaboration with the OOS agency, and animated by the facts & fictions company, it will have a polygonal shape symbolizing all facets of Monaco,  in particular the commitment of His Serene Highness for the protection of the environment.

Thus, the Pavilion, thanks to its photovoltaic panels, will ensure its energy autonomy: it will also be equipped with a gray water recycling system (www.fgwrs.mc)



The Pavilion is spread over different levels, just like the mazy streets of Monaco that are full of surprises. It is an invitation to discover, observe and interact with an environment of cultural resources, research and know-how.

The Pavilion consists of an exhibition area, a souvenir shop and a restaurant on the ground floor.

Visitors will enjoy two main exhibition worlds. The first, named "the Garden of Opportunities" showcases projects and high-quality pioneering work, made in Monaco and internationally. It will look like a kaleidoscopic fantasy garden that comes out of one’s imagination. All facilities of the Pavilion are interactive, with diverse interfaces that offer multiple forms of engagement to interested and curious visitors.

The second area is a show that reveals the "identity" of Monaco. A 360-degree immersion that takes the visitor into the history, culture and values of Monaco and its citizens.

On the first floor, a private and flexible space inside the "Rock" enables the organization of events, conferences and meetings to accentuate the participation of the Principality.

To animate the Pavilion during the 173 days of this World Expo, the following entities from the Principality have confirmed their participation: the Prince Albert II Foundation, the Princess Charlene Foundation, the Monaco Olympic Committee, the Monaco Scientific Center, the Oceanographic Museum, the Monaco Economic Board, the Tourism Board Office, the Mission for Energy Transition, the Delegation for Digital Transition, the Monaco Cyber Security Agency, Monaco Tech, Monaco Brands.

The National Day of Monaco in Expo 2020 Dubai will be celebrated on Friday, November 13th, 2020.



An idea of what you will discover inside the Pavilion :



To get the full press kit of Monaco Pavilion at EXPO 2020 Dubai, please click hereunder:




Visuals of the projects of the candidates involved in the call for tenders for the design, production, maintenance and dismantling of the Monaco Pavilion at the world exhibition EXPO 2020 Dubai : PROJECT VISUALS


On Tuesday, December 12th, the Principality of Monaco confirmed its participation in the Dubai World Expo 2020. Albert Croesi, General Commissioner of Section announces a "Monaco 360 ° - a World of Opportunities". Since Prince Albert I, who committed the Principality of Monaco to the Universal Exhibition in Paris in 1900, Monaco has been part of all the World and Specialized Exhibitions, and is delighted to go to Dubai, the first exhibition organized in the Middle East. The Principality of Monaco is proud to present, during the six months of the Exhibition, all the assets of Monaco that makes it a key meeting point where ideas, people and technologies connect. Art, culture and science, gastronomy, hospitality and luxury, research, the environment, new technologies ... all these areas of excellence that characterize the Principality of Monaco will animate, during 173 days, Monaco Pavilion, through shows, conferences and exhibitions. Visitors of EXPO 2020 Dubai will have the pleasure to discover in Monaco Pavilion the vision and assets of one of the smallest countries in the world already committed to the future.


EXPO 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle Eastern, African and South Asian (MEASA) region. EXPO 2020 site will occupy a total surface area of 4.4 km2 and is expecting more than 25 million visitors. The EXPO will take place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. Its theme is "Connecting minds, creating the future". It will be divided into 3 sub-themes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. During the 6 months of EXPO, Monaco will be registered in “Opportunity”.



Dubai is the first city in the United Arab Emirates. Located on the Persian Gulf, it is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, and it has more than one million inhabitants. The agglomeration of Dubai exceeds 3.2 million inhabitants. Dubai is also the country's leading port and has the most international airport in the world.



20-21 JUNE 2020
3rd Edition of the Rencontre des Sites historiques

The third edition of the "Rencontre des Sites historiques Grimaldi de Monaco" will take place on the Palace's square on saturday 20th and sunday 21st of June 2020. More information coming soon with the confirmation of this year's regions invited and hints of what to expect.

Our Mission

Showcasing the Principality of Monaco during promotional events, expositions, exhibitions, trade fairs or conferences

Initially, the goals of Monaco Inter Expo (MIE) were out of the borders.

Aside from the organisation of the different Pavilions of Monaco, MIE supports the promotion of global goals presented by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) such as:

  • Education and responsibilisation of the public in terms of good ecological behaviour,
  • The promotion of innovation,
  • The support of collaboration between countries and cultures.

MIE is a Monegasque public limited company (SAM, Société Anonyme Monégasque) that was founded in 1997 and that is owned by the Monegasque State. It is under the supervision of the Department of External Relations (Département des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération).


For thissecond edition of the "Rencontre des Sites historiques Grimaldi de Monaco", were welcomed on the Palace's square, on June 22nd and 23rd 2019, the Pays de Matignon, the Valentinois, the italian village of Dolceacqua and the city of Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.








PROGRAMME (in french)


  • 09h00           Réunion des Confréries de Taste-Caillette, de la   Défarde ainsi que des Groupes Empi et Riaume, Cabeolum Folk  et le Bagad Salicornes, sur la Place d'Armes
  • 10h30           Jusqu’à 10h30 – Remontée des participants sur le Rocher par la Rampe Major


  • 10h30         La Palladienne de Monaco
  • 11h00          Discours de Bienvenue
  • 11h40          Cérémonie d'intronisation dans la Confrérie du Nougat de Montélimar
  • 11h55          Relève de la garde des Carabiniers du Prince
  • 12h15          Le Bagad Salicornes de Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo
  • 13h00         Groupe folklorique du pays de Matignon danse Emeraude
  • 13h30          Les Chants marins des Fous de Bassans du Pays de Matignon
  • 14h00         Groupe Folklorique de Roquebrune Cap Martin U’ Ginest
  • 14h30          L’orchestre de Mandolines de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • 15h00          La Lyre Roquebrunoise de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • 15h30          Empi et Riaume, Musiques du Dauphiné
  • 16h00          L’Association Cabeolum Folk de Chabeuil
  • 16h30          Spectacle de Magie « Malizia » par Romain Fouques
  • 17h15           La Palladienne de Monaco
  • 17h30          Lectures de textes de Châteaubriand
  • 18h00          Les Enfants de l’Académie de Musique Rainier III de Monaco
  • 18h30         Duo de chant et violon traditionnel de Haute-Bretagne par Katell Lorre et Lectures de textes de Châteaubriand
  • 19h00           Le Bagad Salicornes de Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo
  • 19h30          Groupe folklorique du pays de Matignon danse Emeraude
  • 20h00          Les Chants marins des Fous de Bassans du Pays de Matignon
  • 21h00           L’Orchestre des Carabiniers du Prince avec l’intervention des Musiciens des Sites historiques invités
  • 22h00           Spectacle « son & lumière »



  • 09h00          Réunion des Confréries de Taste-Caillette, de la   Défarde ainsi que des Groupes Empi et Riaume, Cabeolum Folk  et le Bagad Salicornes, sur la Place d'Armes
  • 10h30          Jusqu’à 10h30 – Remontée des participants sur le Rocher par la Rampe Major


  • 11h00           La Palladienne de Monaco
  • 11h30           Duo de Chant et violon traditionnel de Haute-Bretagne par Katell Lorre
  • 11h55           Relève de la garde des Carabiniers du Prince
  • 12h15           Le Bagad Salicornes de Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo
  • 13h00          Les Chants marins des Fous de Bassans du Pays de Matignon
  • 13h30          Groupe folklorique du Pays de Matignon danse Emeraude et lectures de textes de Châteaubriand
  • 14h00          Solistes de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • 14h15           Scène illustrant l’acte de vente du Château de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin à la famille Grimaldi en 1355 avec accompagnement musical
  • 14h30          Ensemble d’accordéons de l’Ecole de Musique
  • 14h45           Ensemble à vents de l’Ecole de Musique de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin
  • 15h00           L’Association Cabeolum Folk de Chabeuil
  • 15h30           Empi et Riaume, Musiques du Dauphiné
  • 16h00          Spectacle de Magie « Malizia » par Romain Fouques
  • 16h30          Duo de chant et violon traditionnel de Haute-Bretagne par Katell Lorre
  • 17h00          La Palladienne de Monaco
  • 17h30          Le Bagad Salicornes de Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo
  • 18h00         Groupe folklorique du Pays de Matignon danse Emeraude
  • 18h30         Les Chants marins des Fous de Bassans du Pays de Matignon
  • 19h00         L’Association Cabeolum Folk de Chabeuil
  • 19h30         Empi et Riaume, Musiques du Dauphiné
  • 20h00        Clôture de la manifestation


  1. PAYS DE MATIGNON in Brittany
  2. LE DUCHE DE VALENTINOIS in the Drôme area in central France
  3. LE VILLAGE DE DOLCEACQUA, italian village 40 minutes drive from Monaco 
  4. ROQUEBRUNE-CAP-MARTIN, ex-Monégasque territory


By the Pays de Matignon

  • Le Bagad Salicornes de Saint-Cast-Le-Guildo
  • Les Chants marins des Fous de Bassan
  • Groupe folklorique du Pays de Matignon danse Emeraude
  • Duo chant et violon traditionnel de Haute-Bretagne par Katell Lorre
  • Des lectures de textes de Châteaubriand
  • Démonstrations de Gouren Breizh – Lutte bretonne

By the Duché de Valentinois

  • L’Association Cabeolum Folk de Chabeuil
  • Groupe Folklorique « Empi & Riaume » de Romans-sur-Isère

By Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

  • La Lyre Roquebrunoise
  • Le Groupe Folklorique « U’ Ginest »
  • L’orchestre de Mandolines : C’est un ensemble à cordes qui comprend des mandolines, des mandoles, des mandoloncelles, des guitares, des contrebasses et d’une harpe.
  • Une scénette illustrant l’acte de vente du Château de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin et présentation des enfants costumés en Genêts
  • L’ensemble à vents de l’Ecole de Musique
  • L’ensemble d’accordéons de l’Ecole de Musique
  • Les solistes de Roquebrune-Cap-Martin

By Monaco

  • La Palladienne de Monaco
  • Stella Almondo
  • Les Enfants Musiciens de l’Académie de Musique Rainier III de Monaco
  • Un claveciniste de l’Académie de Musique Rainier III de Monaco



From the Pays de Matignon

  • Les huîtres de Yorrick Joveneaux ;
  • Les crêpes bretonnes de Marguerite Eudes ;
  • Les galettes-saucisses de Valérie Carfantan ;
  • Les produits de la mer: truite, haddock et maquereaux, fumés par Wilfried Quinveros ;
  • Le cidre et le jus de pommes bio de Jehan Lefèvre.

From the Duché de Valentinois

  • Les Ravioles du Dauphinéde Romans-sur-Isère « Mère Maury » ;
  • La ferme Eurreuse avec ses chèvres et ses dégustations du fromage Picodon ;
  • La maison de la Défarde, spécialité Crestoise ;
  • Les caillettes de la « Confrérie de Taste-Caillette » de Chabeuil ;
  • Jean-Pierre MENARD, "La ferme de Rippert", agriculteur, il cultive la butternut qu'il sublime en créant des recettes innovantes de soupes, de purées, de confitures…

From Monaco

  •  Stand de Barbagiuans by « Le Petit Monégasque » ;





A "sound and light" show was projected on the facades of the Prince's Palace and magnified the evening of the Saturday, June 22nd. This spectacular projection tells the story of the Grimaldi Dynasty and its links with the old Fiefs.



- Association des Sites historiques Grimaldi de Monaco - www.sitesgrimaldimonaco.fr

- Mairie de Monaco - www.mairie.mc

- Archives du Palais Princier - www.annales-monegasques.mc


Official Partners:

- Compagnie Monégasque de Banque - www.cmb.mc

- Lopez De La Osa & Franco Real Estate - www.lofrealestate.com


Partners of the Rencontre :

- Fairmont Monte-Carlo & Fairmont Private Dining - www.fairmont.com

- Société Monégasque de l'Électricité et du Gaz - www.smeg.mc


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In 2018, in honour of the Hereditary Prince Jacques, Marquis des Baux, and Princess Gabriella, Countess of Carladès, was held for the first time, between June 23rd and June 24th 2018, the first "Rencontre des Sites historiques Grimaldi de Monaco".

The Marquisat des Baux, in Provence, the County of Carladès, in Auvergne, and the city of Menton, which was part of the Principality for over five centuries, was the first former historical sites of the Grimaldis to participate in this gathering. The event will take place every year around the “fête de la Saint-Jean”, in June.

Under the pines of the Place du Palais Princier, the “fiefs" presented the history that binds them to the Principality and the Sovereign Dynasty, as well as their cultural and artisanal heritage. During both afternoons, various animations were offered for children: sack race, "pignata" game, “tin can toss” game, treasure hunt and medieval fights ...

Sound and light show

A "Sound and Light Show ", with a projection on the façades of the Prince's Palace, magnified the evening of the 23rd of June, at 10:00PM.

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The Theme of the Specialised Astana EXPO 2017

Universal Exhibitions have become, over time, discussion platforms designed to find solutions to global changes and current challenges. Specialized Exhibitions take place between two Universal exhibitions and are dedicated to a specific theme that animates the different pavilions. The countries participating in the exhibition can, thus, associate their image and highlight their involvement and innovations around this challenge. In 2017, the Specialized Exhibition was organized around the theme "Future Energy", which focused on three main themes:

  •     Reducing CO2 emissions
  •     Living with energy efficiency
  •     Energy for all

This was an opportunity for various countries to present an overview of durable energy solutions as well as technological innovations. The choice of this theme was intended to make visitors and future generations, reflect on the challenges of energy transformation on the planet. The impact of today's choices on economic and social development will be crucial for the future. This exhibition took place in the city of Astana, capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It ran for 3 months, from 10 June to 10 September 2017.

Monaco Pavilion 2017

The exhibition was held on a 25-hectare site, 8 km from the historic centre of Astana. In addition to the pavilions of the participating countries, the site offered visitors several infrastructures that could accommodate thousands of people such as convention centres and auditoriums. Monaco Pavilion registered its participation in this unique EXPO. The Principality wanted to highlight the country's reflection on energy and show its ecological awareness. The slogan of the Pavilion, "MIRRORING THE FUTURE", allowed to play between the intellectual reflection and the game of physical reflection, also presented within the Pavilion.

The theme of the Pavilion will thus be articulated around the theme of reflection:

  •    Of Monaco on the Mediterranean
  •     On the duality between Man and Nature

The Pavilion aimed to expose new paradigms for urban development and a balanced relationship with its environment. It corresponds to one of the wishes of HSH Prince Albert II, to make the Principality an example in terms of sustainable development, innovation and sensibility. The Principality is in the process of becoming a real example of good environmental practices. Whether in terms of sustainable urban development, sustainable water and waste management or the acquisition of clean public vehicles, Monaco has been able to use its particularities to its advantage, while ensuring responsible and ecological innovation.

The design of the Pavilion emphasized this principle of reflection, from the materials used to the projection on a giant screen made up of oscillating blades. The form, the design and the choice of the content were closely linked to highlight the stakes of energy transition.


This Specialized Exhibition was the opportunity for Monaco Pavilion to welcome its visitors through different spaces:

  •    Between Earth and Sea
  •    Mirroring the Future
  •    Discover the City
  •    The Future is Here
  •    Green-Lab
  •    The Solar Bike
  •    The Pavilion Shop
  •    Coffee Corner
  •    VIP Lounge

Monaco Pavilion was based in building C-1-1-1 in which the Principality of Monaco reserved a site of 550m2 to welcome its visitors.


The Republic of Kazakhstan, located in Central Asia, is at the crossroads of Europe and Asia. Its capital is Astana.

The country has a total area of ​​2 724 900 km2 (the size of Western Europe) for just over 17 million inhabitants, with a large part of the population living in cities (56%). On a geographical level, the country is bordered to the west by the Caspian Sea, rich in oil resources, to the north by Russia, to the east by China and to the south by Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and China.

There are two languages: Kazakh (state language) and Russian (official language).

The country has been governed since its independence in 1991 (former Soviet Republic) by President Nursultan Nazarbayev and is governed by the 1995 Constitution.

14 regions and 2 main, Astana and Almaty, make Kazakhstan. It should be noted that Almaty was the capital of the country until 1997. Several reasons have been put forward to justify the transfer of capital to Astana and in particular, the vulnerability to earthquakes and the proximity of the Tian mountains, which limit urban development. 71 cities of the country participated in the construction of this capital, considered today as a modern city with unique architecture. In July 1999, Astana was awarded by UNESCO.




SAM L'Anse du Portier is in charge of the development of the urbanization project on the coastline of Monaco. It ensures the design, construction, financing and marketing of private spaces. Monaco Pavilion presents a whole installation entirely dedicated to the extension at sea. A 6 meters long model will be animated by a mapping technology, with a film on the history of extensions in the Principality to complete its staging.



The Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer group owns the most beautiful assets in Monaco and has been managing them for more than 150 years. It has created a global and legendary luxury brand: Monte-Carlo. It offers an unprecedented experience combining luxury, well-being, gastronomy and entertainment, in iconic establishments that it manages. Monte-Carlo Société des Bains de Mer will be participating in the life of  Monaco Pavilion by organizing promotional events for the luxury hotels field, the gambling field, and also real estate.




Founded in 1898 in Florence, Chelini Company is dedicated to the production of furniture, home furnishings and traditionally made products. Chelini style is a pure classicism revisited. Chelini is committed to creating a harmonious and charming space. It is a partnership that is renewed between Monaco Inter Expo and the Chelini entity. Already in charge of designing and furnishing the VIP lounge of the Pavilion Monaco in Milan, the company renews this experience at Astana EXPO 2017.




This is the story of a great Turin brand that started out in 1890, when the sale of roasted coffee beans was the preserve of a small number of experts.

Today a lot goes into each cup of coffee we produce. And behind it all is a long process beginning with the selection of the finest raw materials, followed by sophisticated roasting processes and culminating in the best equipment and training we can offer to baristas. Because in all roasted beans there are 125 years of history and love for coffee..

The family business Costadoro Caffè is once again a partner of the Pavilion. With a space of 60 m2, the shop Costadoro Caffè will offer coffees and small snacks throughout the day.




Developing customized and scalable telecommunication solutions, Sonema, operator-integrator specializing in the African continent, supports its clients on a daily basis in their projects. With a mindset of commitment based on a strong understanding of issues, Sonema is a proactive partner for its customers by allowing them to focus on their core business and business innovations. After "Milan 2015" Sonema accompanies Monaco Pavilion in Astana.




Based in Monaco since 2005, Somodif specializes in olfactory marketing. Expert in the diffusion of perfumes and essential oils, its methods and high-end technology allow it to spread odor in small and large spaces and respond to all sectors of activity. It also offers a wide range of products (candles, scented sprays, fragrance sticks) enabling its fragrances to be declined on different supports for a better communication. It is a partnership that is renewed after the success of Milan. Somodif is in charge of the olfactory signature of Monaco Pavilion 2017.




Thanks to a close collaboration with the Direction de l’Education Nationale, de la Jeunesse et des Sports, Monaco Pavilion is pleased to welcome in its scenography a solar bike designed by students of the Lycée Technique de Monaco. This innovative project, created from ecological materials such as bamboo graciously offered by Mr. De Rechnewski, Honorary Consul of Vietnam, highlights the involvement and sensitivity of young people in the Principality on future energies.



On June 25th, the "National Day" of Monaco during Astana EXPO, Monaco Pavilion is pleased to offer to the visitors of the exhibition an entertaining and unique program, animated by Monte-Carlo Festivals. In the evening, a gala dinner such as a "Circus diner" will be held to close this major event.




2015 – Universal Exhibition of Milan

This Universal Exhibition was held around the theme: “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”. It was then divided in 5 sub-themes: mankind’s history, and the history of food, abundance, and privation, which implies tackling the paradox of the contemporary world, the future of alimentation and sustainable food, and to make the current world “fair” with taste as an element of “awareness”.

This Exposition managed to give more visibility to tradition, creativity and innovation in the food industry, notably by highlighting the right to healthy, safe and sufficient food for our planet.

Therefore, the goal of the Exposition was to encourage countries to think about solutions to counter the great contradictions of our world: while large parts of the world population suffer from hunger (around 870 million people were underfed during the 2010-2012 timeframe), others suffer from illnesses or die due to overeating (around 2.8 million casualties linked to obesity or excess weight). In parallel, our consumer society faces an astronomical amount of wasted food every year (around 1.3 billion tons of food yearly).

The Exposition was held in Milan, during 6 months, from May 1 to October 31, 2015.

Monaco Pavilion 2015

The Expo 2015 covers an area of 1.1 million square meters, in the municipality of Rho, close to Milan. Designed by some of the most influential architects of the world, the site of Expo 2015 was thought of as a “garden-exhibition” with more than 12 thousand trees, water games as well as an artificial canal surrounding the Exposition. The Expo was divided in several thematic spaces in order to better address the different subthemes.

The Pavilion of Monaco was located not far from the entry of the Expo site, between Turkey and Japan, and its motto was “excellence and solidarity: a new look at feeding the planet”.
Part of the speech given by H.E. Robert FILLON, General Commissioner of Monaco Pavilion during the signing ceremony of the participation contract in Milan on July 2, 2013, accompanied by Giuseppe SALA, commissioner of the Italian government and CEO of the Expo 2015.

« To the invitation of Italy, which is one of our close by neighbor country, but also and especially by heart, we wanted to answer the call. We did it for reasons linked to both our recent and less recent past. Indeed, since the 19th century, the Principality of Monaco has been participating in Universal Expositions. It was a way for a small country like ours to acquire visibility among a diversified public, to show itself as it truly is and to trigger curiosity and intelligence of visitors. Monaco also participated in the Universal Expositions of Seville, Lisbon, Hanover, Shanghai, as well as Yeosu. Each exposition had its own style and theme; each time, it was for us a creative challenge to design a pavilion that would honour as harmoniously as possible the expectations of organisers, visitors and what we wanted to show of our identity. This time again, participating in the Milan Expo 2015 will compel us to gather all our resources. We will do so with determination and conviction that the small size of our country, which reflects that of the team working on the project, can turn out to be an asset: that of reactivity, flexibility, adaptability”.


Located in the North of Italy, Milan is Monaco’s neighbour and is known as the “capital of fashion, design and culture”.

Milan has approximaltely 1,369,000 inhabitants, making it the second largest city in Italy. With it's agglomeration, it is the largest urban area in the country ; with 7,123,563 inhabitants in 2009, it's the fourth largest urban area in Europe, after Moscow, Paris and London.

Italy and Milan have gained global recognition in the culinary field, but also with several international food security agencies, such as the FAO. Milan is easily accessible, with experience and skills in welcoming visitors, and is also known for its many innovations: it therefore possessed key arguments in influencing the decision of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).



2012 – Yeosu International

Exhibition, South Korea (Specialised Expo)

This EXPO was organised around the theme “The Living Ocean and Coast: Diversity of Resources and Sustainable Development”, with three subthemes: Development and Preservation of the Ocean and Coast, New Resources Technology, and Creative Maritime Activities.

The Expo theme aimed to shed light on humankind’s knowledge and advancement of technology concerning the management and protection of the ocean and coast. Since the United Nations Convention of the Law and Sea came into force in 1993, the oceans and seas have emerged as key elements in resolving various issues humankind faces, including those related to food, resources, space or even the environment. However, human activities have drastically damaged the marine ecosystem and reduced fishing reserves, which is why there is still a lot to be achieved to give the oceans their key role for the future.

As a consequence, the 2012 Yeosu Expo in South Korea undertook to reaffirm the efforts of the international community aiming at solving these problems while guaranteeing mankind’s prosperity and harmony through innovative technologies and actions towards the environment.

The Expo was held in Yeosu, South Korea, during 3 months, from May 12 to August 12, 2012.


Monaco Pavilion 2012

The 2012 Yeosu Expo was located around the New Port area of Yeosu, in the South Jeolla Province and covered a total area of 1.77 km², with 0.25 km² dedicated to the exhibition.

Ideally located, Yeosu is well connected to the bus station and Yeosu airport. Monaco Pavilion was in a 46,000m² hall, on the ground floor of the Atlantic Ocean Joint Pavilion with an area of 480m². Monaco Pavilion outlined the “work of the Principality of Monaco around the protection of the Environment, seas and oceans”. The mascot of Monaco Pavilion, named “Monacus”, accompanied visitors during the visit of the Pavilion. It was named after the Mediterranean monk seal (Monachu Monachus), an endangered species.



Korea is located on the east end of Asia and is one of the most mountainous regions in the world. The Korean Peninsula is divided in two distinct states: The Republic of Korea, also called South Korea, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, also called North Korea. Yeosu is a coastal city with 300,000 inhabitants. The official language of Korea is Korean, based on the “hangul” alphabet.

Yeosu’s territory consists of 317 islands and it is resolutely oriented towards the exploitation of the sea: its economy is essentially based on fishing (40,000 jobs), tourism (Halleyo National Maritime Park), but also on maritime transport (Gwangyang Port).

As one of the most influential cities in terms of its industry and the diversity of marine species in South East Asia, Yeosu was chosen by the members of the BIE to address the issues of over-exploitation of marine resources, pollution of oceans and the continuous development around coasts. Yeosu also acts as a historical centre in terms of maritime transportation between China, the Korean peninsula and Japan, and was the logical candidate to address the issues of the oceans.


2010 – Shanghai Universal Exhibition

It was in Monaco, at the Grimaldi forum, on December 3, 2002, that the Bureau International des Expositions chose Shanghai as the host city for the 2010 Universal Exhibition. The dream of the Chinese city, known as the “Pearl of the Orient”, was fulfilled. For the first time, a Universal Expowill be held in a developing country, thus opening a new chapter in the history of EXPOS.

The exposition was held around the theme “Better City – Better Life”. The increase in the percentage of population living in urban areas raises the issues of social diversity and socio-cultural conflicts directly linked to it, as well as security, pollution or even hygiene issues.

The aim of the EXPO was to encourage participants to come up with harmonious solutions for the urban environment of the future. The municipality of Shanghai held a unique large-scale event that celebrated 25 years of uninterrupted growth.

The expo lasted six months, from May 1 to October 31, 2010.

This exposition was the “the most important World Exhibition of all because it welcomed the highest number of countries represented and visitors with the biggest superficies

Monaco Pavilion 2010

Monaco Pavilion covered an area of 2000m² with a height of 12 meters, and followed the theme “Monaco, Past, Present, Future – the challenges of an evolving City-State”.

Monaco Pavilion was designed around a good balance between technological interactivity and the respect of the environment, and invited visitors on a stroll in the heart of the Principality of Monaco by allowing them to discover the remarkable evolution of Monaco over time, notably marked by a strong historical and cultural heritage, as well as the extension of its territory via offshore extension projects to guarantee the prosperity of its urban economy.

In the Pudong district, along the right bank of the Huangpu river, Monaco Pavilion was in the European Pavilions area, and its neighbours were: Serbia, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, France, Germany and Poland.

Guided visit:

At the beginin of the visit, the visitor plunged into a "walk in the heart of the Principality of Monaco" and discovered as the visit progressed the remarkable evolution of the Principality of Monaco through the centuries, marked notably by a strong historical heritage and cultural development and an expansion of its territory in order to guarantee the prosperity of its urban economy.

A 6 minutes animated film was projected, retracing the history of the Principality.

Monaco National Day was celebrated on Thursday October 7, 2010, and for the occasion the Monegasque delegation travelled to China to visit the Chinese and Monegasque Pavilions during the official ceremony. The Shanghai Universal Exposition celebrated the Principality of Monaco during a whole day.


China covers 9 596 961km² and has the world’s largest population with nearly 1.4 billion inhabitants. China shares its borders with many countries: Russia, North Korea, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Mongolia, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kirghizstan and Kazakhstan.

When bidding for a slot, Shanghai suggested to implement “experimental urban areas”, later called “Urban Best Practices Area”, aimed at improving the quality of life in cities.

With 23 million inhabitants, Shanghai is particularly concerned by this issue. Following the approval of the BIE, Shanghai fulfilled its engagements by implementing the “Dongtan” project aiming at building an eco-city while applying “best practices”. The stakes of hosting the World Expo were twofold for China: improving China’s international image by highlighting the economic power of the country, and on a national level, convincing Chinese citizens of the benefits of living in urban areas.

It was the first time a World Expo took place in a developing country, and it allowed many Chinese who had never travelled abroad before to grasp foreign cultures and countries.



2008 – Saragosse International Exhibition (Zaragoza) 

The 2008 International Exhibition was organized around the theme "Water and Sustainable Development".

The key element of this exhibition, water, can be assimilated to Life, raw material or Energy. It is thus a link between peoples and regions, the germ of civilization and source of culture. The objective of this Exhibition was to consider ways to make the most of water in a sustainable way.

The Exhibition was held in Zaragoza for three months, from 14 June to 14 September 2008.

Monaco Pavilion 2008

The site of the exhibition was located along the Ebro. Organized on 405 m², the discovery of the Principality of Monaco through its pavilion was imagined as a stroll through the city. The visit included 4 thematic spaces: the entrance to the city, a space devoted to International Cooperation, a main room where the interactive "Open Source" installation, designed by Thierry Fournier (delegated production "Le 3ème pôle"), and at the end of the visit, an area reserved for the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation.

The National Day of Monaco was celebrated on 26 June, during which the International Exhibition of Zaragoza was flagged with the colors of the Principality, in the presence of HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, accompanied by the official delegation led by HE Minister of State and composed of the highest authorities of the State.


With an area of ​​505,992 km² and more than 46.4 million inhabitants (in 2015), Spain is located in southern Europe and occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula. The official language is Spanish. Zaragoza is the fifth city of Spain in number of inhabitants. It was built at the confluence of three rivers: the Ebro, the Gallego and the Huerva. Zaragoza is well connected with both the road system and the airport. It also houses the headquarters of the first integrated river basin management organization in the world: the Ebro Hydrographic Confederation. Zaragoza was the first large Spanish city to fully purify its waters, and is recognized as a "water-saving city" by the United Nations. All these arguments have made it a particularly appropriate place for international dialogues and debates on water as a resource and the conflicts that this entails to capitalize on the notion of "sustainable water".


2000 – Universal Exhibition of Hanover, Germany

For the first time in its history, Germany hosted a Universal Exhibition in the year 2000, bringing together 187 countries and international organizations.

Hanover, the international trade fair and congress center in the Land of Lower Saxony, has placed a 160-hectare site (equivalent to 4 / 5th of the surface of Monaco) at the disposal for EXPO. The theme was "Man, Nature and Technology: the Emergence of a New World".

This Exhibition was held on 160 hectares. The idea of ​​an Exhibition of this magnitude in Hanover dates from 1988. The country wanted to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany. In parallel with the life of the pavilions, the Expo site in Hanover hosted a series of events and activities. More than 200 bands and orchestras played during the 6 months of the Exposition.

The Exhibition was held from June 1 to October 31, 2000.


Monaco Pavilion 2000

A real multimedia cube, designed by the architect Hans Ferdinand Degraeuwe. This Pavilion was a veritable communication machine: the visit, set on 1400m², allowed the public to interact with various multimedia structures (an area devoted to the past / Present in Monaco and a 360 ° cinema area, where a 3D film depicting the major projects of the Principality was screened: "Invisible Ocean".


Germany Federal State of Central Europe covering a territory of 357 376 km² for more than 82 million inhabitants (in 2016).

Hanover, a city chosen as the venue for the 2000 Exhibition, is located in the north of Germany and is particularly well-known for being an international city for trade fairs and congresses.

Hanover is particularly well served by two motorway networks, the railway and its airport. There is cooperation between the companies and the very important scientific centers and in particular around six cutting-edge sectors: automotive construction, energy saving, information and communication technology, health economics, creative economy and production technology.



1998 – Lisbon International Exhibition

1998, the year of the 500th anniversary of Vasco da Gama's trip to India, was also the year in which the city of Lisbon hosted the International Specialized Exhibition. The theme: "The Oceans, a Legacy for the Future". The objective of this exhibition was to "propose new ethics in the relationships between Man and its natural environment and contribute to the awakening of consciousness respecting the oceans.

That year, the logo of EXPO symbolized the sea and the sun and was created by the Portuguese artist Augusto Tavares Dias. His logo was chosen from 1,288 applications. Participants in this exhibition did not have to build their own pavilion on a blank space. All the country exhibitions were planned under the roof of two distinct spaces: the International South Pavilion and the International North Pavilion. In these pavilions, modules were provided to accommodate countries.

Germany, Spain, China and Japan had a particularly important place in this Expo, they each had several modules to accommodate a large number of visitors. This year has also been designated by the United Nations as the International Year of the Oceans. The theme adopted was therefore meaningful at the international level. The Exhibition was held for three months, from 22 May to 30 September 1998 in Lisbon.

Monaco Pavilion 1998

The Exhibition was held on 50 hectares along the Tagus river. Monaco Pavilion was designed by the architect Jean-Michel Wilmotte, with a bluish atmosphere representing the sea throughout 650 m².

It allowed visitors to cross the pavilion in a chronological way, from the present to the future of the Principality of Monaco. The visit was punctuated by the works of Claude Viret: Two main rooms, one in tribute to Albert 1er, a scientist and forerunner in oceanography, the second presented Monaco’s involvement in the protection of the marine environment.

The visit ended with the release of "Save the Sea", a film made in computer graphics.


Portugal, a country in southern Europe sharing its borders with Spain, has more than 10 million habitats covering an area of ​​92,226 km². Lisbon is the most populous city in Portugal with 2,807,525 inhabitants.

The official language is Portuguese. Through this Exhibition, Lisbon, and by extension Portugal, has been able to highlight its modernity and rehabilitate the western part of the city by creating a new district using elements of the site of the Exhibition.




Administrative Board

Monaco Inter Expo is a Monegasque public limited company with the State as its sole shareholder. The Administrative Board is composed of 7 administrators. The goal of the Administrative Board is to determine the strategic orientations of Monaco Inter Expo and to ensure their implementation and a good management of the company’s activities.

A word from the President

“Showcasing the Principality of Monaco during such large-scale promotional events, expositions, exhibitions, trade fairs or conferences is the goal of Monaco Inter Expo, acting as the cornerstone of the organisation, the support and the incubation of all the ideas likely to accurately highlight Monaco’s messages to the world.

Conveying our ideas revolves around developing the international attractiveness of our country to make it better known and better understood, in its intricacies, its uniqueness, the diversity of its proposals, as well as the positioning and the policy of H.S.H Prince Albert II especially in the fields of the Environment or Sustainable development.

Initially, the goals of Monaco Inter Expo (MIE) were out of the borders.

Aside from the organisation of the different Pavilions of Monaco, MIE supports the promotion of global goals presented by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) such as:

  • Education and responsibilisation of the public in terms of good ecological behaviour,
  • The promotion of innovation,
  • The support of collaboration between countries and cultures.

MIE is a Monegasque public limited company (SAM, Société Anonyme Monégasque) is owned by the Monegasque State. It is under the supervision of the Department of External Relations (Département des Relations Extérieures et de la Coopération).

The goal to effectively and constructively participate in such large-scale expositions that are key for the international influence of the Principality requires a continuous process of reflection in conveying a message, that of our Sovereign Prince, that goes beyond the scale of our Principality, and that must be heard and understood on all continents.”

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