Dubai – Exhibitions are no longer just a place to display and sell goods but an important platform to present creative solutions for the challenges facing humanity, according to Mohsin Khamis al Balushi, adviser to the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Tourism Promotion and Commissioner General of Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Speaking at a reception to celebrate the sultanate’s National Day at Oman Pavilion in Expo 2020, Balushi said, “With its theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai constitutes an important and exceptional platform that allows the global community to collaborate to discover innovative solutions to the three sub-themes that have been identified as major drivers of global development, and the challenges facing humanity to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals announced by the United Nations.”
This, he said, is in addition to encouraging creativity, innovation and cooperation in the areas of expo’s sub-themes – Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.
“Oman is a country that aspires to a bright and prosperous future for its people and for all the people of the world and as an active and influential member of the international community, it has achieved successes and achievements in many areas at all local and regional levels,” Balushi said.
He stated that Oman has the honour of being present and interact with participants from 193 brotherly and friendly countries, regional and international organisations and civil society at Expo 2020 Dubai.
“Through our participation in this global event, the sultanate seeks to highlight the civilisational and human achievements of Oman throughout history, as well as showcase its current achievements, its renewed renaissance and future aspirations under the leadership of His Majesty Sultan Haitham bin Tarik,” Balushi said.
The sultanate’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is in keeping with efforts to portray Oman as a unique tourism destination, as well as the country’s deep-rooted civilisation and cultural heritage.
The expo is a platform to promote investment opportunities in different sectors in Oman and interaction with the global community. Over the next four months, Omani Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will host a number of activities, including scholarly, technical, cultural and economic symposia. There will be several week-long events that focus on specialised economic activities, including an Omani products exhibition, a small and medium establishments exposition and an investment week.
Omani colleges offer 51 scholarships at Expo
The sultanate’s private higher education institutions are offering 51 scholarships to visitors to Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai with the aim of enhancing cultural exchange and promoting the country and its educational institutions.
The scholarships are being offered as part of the promotion campaign ‘Study in Oman’ conducted by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation. The scholarships will be offered to Bachelor’s and Master’s degree holders who meet the conditions set by the educational institutions.
‘The initiative aims to increase the number of international students studying in Oman. International students add economic, social and cultural importance to a country, and the presence of international students is a criterion considered in the ranking of international universities,’ a press release stated. ‘This is in line with Oman Vision 2040, which specifies in one of its indicators the entry of four universities into the QS World University Rankings by 2040.’
Candidates who meet the conditions will be required to fill out an online form for their entry into a monthly draw. The form contains the general conditions which can be viewed in studyinoman.om