It's hard to say who the millionth visitor was–a young Spanish couple crossed the pavilion's threshold hand in hand, so the hostesses had to declare a draw. According to Carlos Casta and Elisabet Madrigal from the Spanish Mediterranean, they came to the Czech pavilion because they learned that the Czech Republic's GDP exceeded Spain's GDP per capita, and that the Czech exposure is based on innovative technologies. They were rewarded with a commemorative coin, chocolate and lunch for their visit and knowledge of Czech economic realities.
On February 24, in addition to the Czech flag, the Commissioner General had the Ukrainian flag hoisted over the pavilion. And subsequently, some other foreign EXPO participants joined the symbolic support of the country invaded by Russian invading troops. On the same day, a meeting of forty ambassadors from the Middle East, North Africa and Asia took place in the pavilion of the Czech Republic with the participation of the First and Second Deputy Foreign Ministers.
S.A.W.E.R. still attracts prominent personalities
The Czech exposition continues to be unexpectedly highly popular with local and global media, as well as public figures–the pavilion was visited by Her Royal Highness Sheikh Shamma Bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan on 25 February 2022. An extremely rare visit from Abu Dhabi inspected the exhibition and made no secret of the recognition of the S.A.W.E.R. technology, which independently produces water from dry desert air, as well as the "Energy the Smart Way" exhibition brought by the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. In the end, she accepted with undisputed pleasure the artistic sculpture of Subfossil Oak made of more than 6,000-year-old oak trunks.
On February 28, the Minister of Education of the United Arab Emirates, His Excellency Hussain Bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, also visited the Czech Republic's Country for the Future exhibition, asking with high expertise about innovations in the field of energy as well as 3D printing technologies–especially the new generation of Prusa Research printers.
Obviously, there were cultural and gastronomic events as well, such as events presenting Plzeňský Prazdroj, where guests could taste tap Pilsner, which has been cooked in the same way since 1842–it offers guests a trained headtapster on weekends at a symbolic time of 18:42 along with an explanation of its production and traditions.