Prague, Feb 1 (CTK) – A tender for the design of the Czech pavilion at the 2020 World Expo exhibition in Dubai was launched by the office of the Czech general commissioner for Expo on Thursday, which invited domestic and foreign companies to submit their bids which have to represent Czech culture.

The contestants are asked to submit their proposals as of February 15. The winner will be known by the end of May.

The budget of the Czech participation in Expo 2020 will be between 250 and 310 million crowns, the office said.

The office put up the tender during the opening of an exhibition in the Technical Museum in Prague, which presents various Czech pavilions at Expo exhibitions, including those designed but never built.

There are the models of the victorious pavilions from the 1937 Expo in Paris, the 1958 Expo in Brussels, and other seven designs linked to the Expos in Paris in 1937, New York in 1939 and Milan in 2015.

The Czech Republic gained a plot for its pavilion in the Dubai exhibition grounds in October 2017, when the organisers approved its “Czech Spring” concept and allotted a plot of almost 2,200 square metres near the main entrance to the Czechs.

The Czech pavilion will present a monumental installation of design glass by the Lasvit producer and the S.A.W.E.R system that produces water from the air by means of solar energy and can cultivate deserts. The rotating exhibition will change every two weeks.

The pavilion will also offer a restaurant and a hall for lectures and discussion meetings.

The Czech Republic will hire its pavilion for six months, for 90 million crowns at the most, and then return it to the owner, the office for the Czech participation in the Expo said.

Like in the case of the previous Milan 2015 Expo, the private sector will contribute to covering the costs of the Czech participation.