Saudi Arabia unveils Expo 2020 pavilion design
April 15, 2019 | 1:31 PM
by Times News Service
Saudi Arabia pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Photo: Supplied.

Riyadh: Saudi Arabia has unveiled the design of its pavilion for the upcoming Expo 2020 Dubai. The pavilion will be second in size only to that of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), covering an area the size of two football pitches.

The pavilion design is 'distinctive' and 'memorable', symbolising Saudi Arabia's 'welcoming character, long heritage and unlimited drive', according to a statement detailing the reveal. "The pavilion facade opens like a large window into the future, soaring into the sky and reflecting a society deeply rooted in its culture with unlimited ambitions," it added.

"This extraordinary and innovative design perfectly captures the determination of the Kingdom to fulfill its promise of being an ambitious nation while conveying a message of dynamism and partnership with the world," said Mohammed Al Tuwaijri, Saudi's Minister of Economy and Planning and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Kingdom's participation in Expo 2020 Dubai.

A path will lead visitors through exhibition displays which highlight the country’s openness to businesses and tourists, and its desire to build links and collaborate with countries to create a better future for everyone.

Construction of the pavilion, designed by Boris Micka Associates, began in early February 2019.

Commenting on the design reveal, Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 will offer visitors a chance to experience the country’s rich heritage and culture, while demonstrating how our region is working together to create a better future for everyone.

"We look forward to welcoming our brothers and sisters from the Kingdom as they join us for the first ever World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region," she added.

To date, 190 nations have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020. Organisers expect to record 25 million visits between October 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021, with 70 percent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE.

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