Under the slogan “An inspiring Saudi vision for a common future”, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opened its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Mohammed bin Mazyad Al-Tuwaijri, Advisor at the Royal Court and Vice-Chairman of the Supervisory Committee of the Saudi Pavilion participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, officially inaugurated the works and activities of the Saudi Pavilion, in a ceremony held at the pavilion’s headquarters.
The opening ceremony was attended by the Saudi Ambassador to the UAE Turki bin Abdullah Al-Dakhil, the Commissioner-General of the Saudi pavilion, Engineer Hussein Hanbaza, and a group of ambassadors of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, officials and cultural figures from different countries of the world.
Al-Tuwaijri moved between the sections of the pavilion, familiarizing himself with its various programs and activities that reflect the vivid image of Saudi Arabia, which are divided into 4 main pillars that include nature, people, heritage and investment opportunities, in addition to an energy and sustainability station, a brilliant presence of traditional Saudi crafts, folkloric performances, and famous dishes that represent different regions of the kingdom.
Al-Tuwaijri expressed his pride in the rich creative content he saw in the pavilion, presented by the young men and women of the country participating in the pavilion, who conveyed an honorable image of the people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and their high and welcoming values to the world.
He added: “The pavilion translates the growth and prosperity that Saudi Arabia has achieved during the reign of King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense of Saudi Arabia, and our country is present in this global forum with its young, renewed spirit and aspiration towards a prosperous future. For the region and for the world, with its ambitious projects and inspiring vision, the Saudi Vision 2030, which was formulated by His Highness the Crown Prince, to take our country towards broad development horizons.”
For his part, the Commissioner-General of the Saudi pavilion, Eng. Hussein Hanbaza, indicated that the Saudi participation in the “Expo 2020 Dubai” exhibition stems from the cultural value owned by Saudi Arabia, and its capabilities and ambitions, which will give a real addition to visitors to a world exhibition such as “Expo”.
And he indicated that the Saudi pavilion will present distinguished activities and programs covering all economic, development and cultural fields, targeting all segments from children and families to businessmen and investors.
The pavilion’s activity will continue until March of next year 2022, as part of the activities of the new edition of “Expo 2020 Dubai”, entitled “Connecting Minds…Making the Future”, in which more than 190 countries, including Saudi Arabia, participate.
The Saudi pavilion comes inside a building with an area of 13,000 square meters, and is the second largest pavilion after the Emirates Pavilion.
The building’s design was consistent with the highest standards of environmental sustainability, as it received the LEED Platinum Certificate from the US Green Building Council (USGBC), making it one of the most sustainable designs in the world.
The content of the pavilion was designed under the supervision of an official national committee headed by Prince Badr bin Abdullah bin Farhan, Minister of Culture, and to reflect the rich civilized reality of Saudi Arabia through multiple axes, including energy, economy, development, history, nature and life, where the pavilion includes displays of an energy plant and sustainability.
The exhibition simulates 14 Saudi sites with a total area of 580 square meters, including: Al-Turaif neighborhood, Al-Hajar, Historic Jeddah, and rock arts in the Hail region, and Al-Ahsa Oasis.
Through an electronic window topped with 2030 scenographic crystals, the pavilion displays the Kingdom’s most important giant projects that are currently being worked on, such as the Qiddiya Project, the Diriyah Gate Development Project, the Red Sea Project, and other development projects.
The pavilion celebrates creative visions through an artwork entitled “Vision”, which takes visitors on an audio-visual journey through 23 sites that represent the great diversity in the various regions of the Kingdom, and the harmonious relationship between its people and nature. And in the welcome garden dedicated to meetings and constructive dialogues between entrepreneurs and investors, in an atmosphere rich with the values of the famous Saudi hospitality.
The pavilion presents a busy daily program for its visitors that includes distinctive cultural elements of Saudi Arabia that highlight the rich national heritage through traditional arts, folkloric dances, handicrafts and masterpieces of Saudi cuisine.
The pavilion also presents large creative performances presented by the pavilion at its headquarters and in several parallel sites such as the Dubai Millennium Theater and the Dubai Exhibition Center, including dazzling light shows, musical and poetry evenings, cultural salons, in addition to sustainable energy activities, scientific programs and competitions for families and children.
The Saudi program over the next six months will also include active participation in all dialogues and forums held on the sidelines of the Expo, which will chart a better future for the world, with the participation of the Saudi private sector in addition to all relevant state institutions.