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Oman gears up for Expo 2025 Osaka with unique pavilion

13 Nov 2023 Oman gears up for Expo 2025 Osaka with unique pavilion By OUR CORRESPONDENT

Muscat – Oman officially unveiled plans for its participation in Expo 2025 Osaka, Japan set to take place from April 13 to October 13, 2025. The announcement was made at a special event hosted on Monday at the Omani Embassy in Tokyo.

The event was graced by H E Sayyid Said bin Sultan al Busaidi, Undersecretary for Culture in the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Youth, and Commissioner General of Oman’s pavilion at Expo 2025. H E Dr Mohammed bin Saeed al Busaidi, Oman’s Ambassador to Japan, and several other ambassadors of friendly countries, attended the event in which Oman’s vision for the expo was highlighted.

Under the theme ‘Designing the Future Society for Our Lives’, Oman’s participation reflects its dedication to global engagement, cultural exchange and commitment to showcasing its rich heritage and sustainable development journey.

In his address, H E Sayyid Said emphasised Oman’s focus on sustainable development goals. “Through its participation in Expo 2025 Osaka, Oman aims to collaborate with nations worldwide in achieving these goals, encapsulated in the expo’s three sub-themes: ensuring sustainability of life, improving life and enhancing life through communication.”

Oman’s pavilion, boasting a distinctive architectural design, will symbolise the country’s rich environmental landscape, historical depth and forward-looking aspirations, he added.

The design is the result of a competition conducted by the Office of Bilarab bin Haitham Award for Architectural Design, reflecting Oman’s ongoing commitment to incorporating the traditional architecture of the sultanate in its global engagements.

The design team, comprising Ammar bin Abdulhamid al Kiyumi, Bayan bint Musallam al Ramadhaniyah and Nayyara bint Khamis al Hinaiyah, were announced winners on February 28 and received a prize of RO10,000 for the innovative concept.

Ambassador H E Busaidi said he was optimistic that Oman’s participation in the expo would strengthen bilateral relations and provide a platform to showcase the sultanate’s vision for the future in various sectors.

The event included a visual presentation of the pavilion’s design and symbolism. Bayan, one of the designers, explained the pavilion’s architectural concept which draws inspiration from Oman’s diverse natural terrain and its people’s harmonious coexistence with their environment.

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