Dubai: An official reception was held here to mark the celebration of the 51st Glorious National Day of the Sultanate of Oman by Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Duabi.
The reception was attended by HH Sayyid Asa'ad bin Tarik Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan, and Sheikh Mansoor bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
The reception was also attended by Sayyid Hamoud Faisal Al Busaidi, Minister of Interior, Qais Mohammed Al Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, and Nayah Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence in UAE, Commissioner General of Expo2020 Dubai, as well as commissioners general, ambassadors and consuls of Arab and friendly countries.
Mohsin Khamis Al Balushi, Adviser at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion, Commissioner General of Oman at Expo 2020 Dubai, said in a speech that the Sultanate of Oman boasts a wide range of historical, cultural and humanitarian achievements. The feats of Oman persist today and position it as a country that takes pride in its modern-day accomplishments at local, regional and international levels. “We are proud to be here today and interact with 193 countries, regional and international organisations and civil society institutions,” said Mohsin.
“Through its participation in this global event, the Sultanate of Oman strives to portray its civilization, its current accomplishments, its Renewed Renaissance and its future aspirations,” said Mohsin.
Al Balushi pointed out that the activities saw the launching of a programme to provide scholarships for students from GCC states from among visitors to Oman Pavilion, who will be candidates of this programme.
The reception included a number of shows, among them a short film about the Sultanate of Oman, a pop drama, an exhibition of Omani paintings titled “Glory To You”, musical and pantomime performances presented by military bands of the Royal Guard of Oman and the Royal Cavalry.
The exhibits also included samples of advanced Omani products to be promoted at Oman Pavilion, with the returns going to owners of small and medium enterprises, families operating under the livelihood programme, rural women and Omani artisans.
Sheikh Khalifa Ali Al Harthy, Diplomatic Affairs Under-Secretary at the Foreign Ministry, told Oman News Agency (ONA) that today’s events reflect the depth of relations between the Sultanate of Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE), as well as the hopes pinned on these relations in fostering bilateral cooperation.
Al Harthy added that Oman Pavilion at Expo2020 Dubai“represents the Sultanate of Oman as it should be, with the conspicuous Frankincense Tree section sending a strong message from Oman’s past. The Sultanate of Oman is playing a positive role in today’s world through its balanced policies and diplomacy, and this theme is omnipresent in its participation in global events. The Oman Pavilion is a window to the country’s historical, cultural and tourist attractions,” Al Harthy explained.