The sultanate has been officially handed over its pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai following completion of construction work. The expo is scheduled to start on October 1.
Mohsin bin Khamis al Balushi, advisor to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion and commissioner general of the sultanate at Expo 2020 Dubai, officially received the national pavilion of Oman on Sunday.
It was handed over by the main contracting company in charge of executing the construction and furnishing works of the pavilion. With this, the Omani pavilion is ready to receive visitors a month-and-a-half before the opening of expo.
Expo 2020 Dubai will continue for six months and end on March 31, 2022.
The handover of the pavilion took place during the visit of Balushi to the headquarters of Expo 2020 Dubai to review the progress of work in preparation of the expo’s official opening in October.
The sultanate’s pavilion has been built and equipped according to the specification of the Commission General of Oman’s Pavilion in coordination with the contracting company and organising committee following rescheduling of the event owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Besides delaying the expo for a year, the pandemic obligated organisers and participants to follow additional precautionary measures during the construction and preparation of the pavilions to ensure the safety of workers, administrative staff and visitors.
Oman’s pavilion has a distinct modern design inspired by one of the icons of nature in the sultanate – the frankincense tree. The pavilion is divided into five sections with content to simulate the life cycle of frankincense.
In general, all country’s pavilions in the expo will be based on the three sub-themes – Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. Competencies of young Omanis working through the Innovation Factory Company were engaged in the design, manufacture, equipment and technologies used in the pavilion.
Visitors to the Omani pavilion will be taken on an educational and recreational journey, besides being entertained.
The sultanate’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will not be limited to the pavilion. There will be a set of Omani events – scientific, artistic, cultural and economic seminars – over a period of six months.
The sultanate will also participate in a women’s pavilion to celebrate Omani Women’s Day and a cruise – ‘Oman Youth Ship 2’. The pavilion will include outlets in which more than 2,000 kinds of goods and products from nearly 400 small and medium enterprises, including craftsmen, will be displayed.
The products to be displayed in the expo were selected and developed according to specific criteria in coordination with the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Water Resources, the Ministry of Social Development, the Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises Development, and the Oman Chamber of Commerce and Industry, with the support of a number of companies and institutions affiliated with the Oman Investment Authority.