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Saudi pavilion at Expo 2025 gets new Commissioner-General

The pavilion of Saudi Arabia at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan aims to showcase the Kingdom’s historical heritage, natural resources, and diverse culture, as well as its innovation and creativity…reports Asian Lite News

Saudi Arabia has announced the appointment of Othman Almazyad as Commissioner-General of the Kingdom’s pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

Almazyad obtained a bachelor’s degree in business administration and the college Dean’s Award from Tokai University in Japan in 2013 and a master’s degree in policy making and social innovation and won the Best Dissertation Award from Keio University in 2015. He has been employed in several jobs in various sectors, such as the non-profit sector and the Japanese higher education sector, the last of which was his work as a faculty member at Tokai University, Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Political Science and Economics. He is also a senior researcher at the Keio Research Institute at SFC.

The pavilion of Saudi Arabia at Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan aims to showcase the Kingdom’s historical heritage, natural resources, and diverse culture, as well as its innovation and creativity.

At Expo 2020 Dubai, Saudi Arabia’s pavilion earned several awards, including best pavilion in the category of large suites, two honorary awards from EXHIBITOR magazine for best exterior design and best display, and the Platinum Certificate in LEED granted by the US Green Building Council.

The Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai also holds three Guinness World Records: the longest interactive water curtain, the largest interactive light floor, and the largest interactive digital screen mirror.

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Nigel Adams visits Japan ahead of Osaka Expo 2025

Cabinet Office Minister Nigel Adams said, “It has been great to visit Osaka, see the site for the 2025 Expo and learn more about the historic ties between Japan and the UK…reports Asian Lite News

Cabinet Office Minister Nigel Adams visited Tokyo and Osaka last week to confirm the UK’s commitment to the Osaka Kansai Expo 2025, a major international conference which will highlight British businesses on the global stage.

The Minister met senior Japanese politicians, as well as a range of influential representatives of Japanese and UK businesses and organisations, to discuss partnership opportunities at the Expo and the potential to strengthen the ever-growing relationship between Japan and the UK.

The World Expo is an international event for nations across the world to showcase products, expertise and sources of national pride. In November 2018, the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) decided that the World Expo 2025 will take place in Osaka, Kansai, Japan.

Minister Adams met with Minister for World Expo 2025, Kenji Wakamiya, and executives from the Japan Association for 2025 World Exposition, using the visit to reiterate the UK’s participation and next steps for both countries to help make the event a success.

Cabinet Office Minister Nigel Adams said, “It has been great to visit Osaka, see the site for the 2025 Expo and learn more about the historic ties between Japan and the UK. Expo 2025 will be a fantastic opportunity to showcase the best of British innovation and culture and further enhance our deepening partnership with Japan. My conversations with stakeholders this week have underlined the deep interest and shared values between the UK and Japan and the scope for us to work more closely together in the coming years on key global challenges in life sciences, sustainability and digital technology.”

Minister Adams also spoke to business leaders from UK companies and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan about the scope for businesses in both the UK and Japan to work together on the exhibition. During his visit the Minister spoke to Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement on Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) negotiators to underline the UK’s commitment to free trade and joining this world-leading plurilateral trade grouping.

During his trip Minister Adams also spoke to representatives at Astrazeneca’s Tokyo branch about bolstering the UK’s leadership in global healthcare manufacturing and their strong presence across Japan.

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Adieu Expo 2020

Not a dry eye in the house as Al Wasl Plaza’s magnificent closing ceremony revisits some of Expo 2020 most memorable moments …. Reports Asian Lite News

 A moment of huge pride for the UAE and the world, the moving Closing Ceremony on Thursday (March 31) at Expo 2020 Dubai’s breathtaking Al Wasl Plaza, was a celebration of everything the event has achieved — and of all those who made it happen.

With a creative team led by Franco Dragone, one of the world’s greatest creative visionaries, the Closing Ceremony reflected how Expo 2020 Dubai has touched the lives of all who have visited, while heightening the myriad of memories made on site. A world-class production, pioneering technology, immersive laser projectors, emotive music and no less than three firework displays all worked together to heighten the spectacle.

The final chapter of the six-month extravaganza was attended by His Highness Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai.

HE Sheikh Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence said: “We were honoured to have welcomed millions of visitors from all around the world, as the UAE has always been a place where all people meet. Throughout Expo 2020 Dubai’s six months, we had the honour of meeting many delegations, officials, and visitors. We celebrated national days here — at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai — on our beloved UAE’s land; the land of tolerance, coexistence, and peace. Among our most important guests were the generations of the future, particularly hundreds of thousands of our visitors, who were hosted by the Expo School Programme. They are the agents of positive change that we want for a more sustainable, safer, better world for all.

“We have learned a lot together, and we have proved that humans are of one essence, and one fate. We have come together at an extremely difficult time, the likes of which the world has not seen, embodying the strength of human will, at its finest, and made Expo 2020 Dubai a symbol of hope.”

A children’s choir kicked off proceedings with IshyBilady, the UAE National anthem, before handing over the flag to the next World Expo hosts: Wakamiya Kenji, Minister for the World Expo 2025, and Yoshimura Hirofumi, Governor of Osaka Prefecture.

As guests and performers gathered in the garden of Al Wasl one last time, celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave an emotional performance of Gabriel’s Oboe followed by Going Home, before Al Wasl Dome was transformed into a galaxy of stars.

 With singers and the Firdaus Orchestra performing the Expo 2020 Dubai theme song, ‘This is our Time’, an undeniable highlight of the show was the underwater scene with dancers waving huge swirling blue sheets which were then opened — in perfectly synchronised fashion — to reveal the 192 flags of the participating countries, creating a circle of flags representing the world and everyone standing together.

Mira Singh, the young star of the Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony, was again the heartbeat of the show, responsible for returning the ring with its magical powers to where it originated, to be ready for the next generation. Her journey included flashbacks of Expo 2020 Dubai’s highlights, including fleeting sequences of Al Adiyat: The Story of a Boy and His Horse, the Flying Piano, yoga at Surreal, the Expo Explorer’s final journey, dancing with Opti the robot, and an astronaut flying into space from Journey of the 50.

As the huge golden ring descended from the top of Al Wasl Dome, Grammy award-winning singer and songwriter, Norah Jones, appeared at a grand white piano to sing As Tears Go By. With another round of spellbinding fireworks, pop icon Christina Aguilera rounded off the show in spectacular fashion, belting out a stunning rendition of The Greatest Showman’s A Million Dreams.

Given the theme of the show, it was no surprise that the ‘VIP guests’ were made up of public and private school children from across the UAE. All aged between seven and nine, the pure, unadulterated joy on their faces throughout the one-hour performance was as stirring as the performance itself.

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Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai takes baton

The Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai theme is Designing Future Society for our Lives, with the sub themes of Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, Connecting Lives, reports Asian Lite News

As Expo 2020 Dubai came to an end, organisers of Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai revealed they are ready to take on the mantle, with construction well under way, and ideas to emulate certain aspects of the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East.

Four of the team for the next World Expo gave a media briefing; Wakamiya Kenji, Minister for the World Expo 2025, Yoshimura Hirofumi, Governor of Osaka Prefecture, Matsui Ichiro, Mayor of Osaka City, and Ichinoki Manatsu, Deputy Secretary-General of the Japan Association for the 2020 World Exposition.

Describing Expo 2020 Dubai as “overwhelmingly attractive”, Wakamiya Kenji said, “We will learn a lot from this Expo based upon its legacy. We will do our part, we will relay the baton.”

He expressed particular interest in Expo’s theme weeks, saying they are “a great idea, and we want to capitalise on that kind of insight, and perhaps use a similar strategy to highlight our focuses.”

As part of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Programme for People and Planet, 10 theme weeks have explored humanity’s most critical challenges and opportunities through a cultural, social, environmental and economic lens.

Ichinoki Manatsu, Deputy Secretary-General of the Japan Association for the 2020 World Exposition, revealed that construction of the site was well underway. He confirmed the artificial island had been filled, the subway was being laid out, and that by April 2023 the land would be ready for the building work to begin, with the aim to be completed by April 2025.

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The Expo 2025 Osaka Kansai theme is Designing Future Society for our Lives, with the sub themes of Saving Lives, Empowering Lives, Connecting Lives. Yoshimura Hirofumi said: “We want to pursue happiness, and consider what kind of lives are fulfilled lives?”

Matsui Ichiro spoke of the 1970 Expo hosted in Osaka, when the UAE had not yet been formed, but Abu Dhabi had a pavilion. He discussed Osaka’s successes in manufacturing and craft, but described the “hospitable people as the biggest asset.”

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‘Thank you’ campaign celebrates Expo volunteers

Etisalat is launching a “thank you” campaign to celebrate the 30,000 outstanding volunteers of Expo 2020 Dubai, reports Asian Lite News

Etisalat, the Official Premier Partner of Expo 2020 Volunteers and Telecommunications Services Partner of Expo 2020 Dubai, is launching a “thank you” campaign to celebrate the 30,000 outstanding volunteers who helped make Expo 2020 Dubai a reality.

The campaign will feature a special message from Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, recognising the volunteers’ efforts, with messages from Etisalat and Dubai Police. The campaign will launch on social media platforms, print media and billboards around the UAE.

A total of 30,000 people from across the country, including nationals and expatriates, volunteered to bring to life the first World Expo held in the region for millions of visitors and more than 200 participants, making it the largest volunteer programme in the UAE.

Al Hashemy said, “The Expo 2020 Dubai volunteers have impacted and inspired millions of visitors and brought Expo 2020 Dubai to life. Each and every volunteer is a hero, epitomising the programme’s core values of respect, commitment, integrity, knowledge and enthusiasm. The UAE is incredibly proud to have brought a group of devoted and outstanding individuals together for this once-in-a-lifetime global event.”

Volunteerism is a key component of the UAE Vision 2021 National Agenda, and all of the volunteers demonstrated the core values of the Expo 2020 Volunteers Programme throughout the six thrilling months.

Acknowledging the importance of volunteering, Etisalat launched an awareness campaign in the lead-up to and during Expo 2020 Dubai to encourage millions of its customers to participate in the programme.

Each volunteer has been invited to the Volunteers End of Event Celebration on 27th March, where Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Al Hashimy, will recognise their achievements.

As part of its legacy, Expo 2020 Dubai will sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Tolerance to keep the country’s largest volunteer programme alive and thriving.

The event will also recognise the programme’s main stakeholders, Etisalat, Dubai Police and National Service Recruits. The Ministry of Tolerance Choir is expected to open the ceremony with an exciting performance.

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Kerala set to showcase business potential at Expo 2020

The state floor at the Indian Pavilion will be inaugurated by Chief Minister of Kerala, Pinarayi Vijayan, reports Asian Lite Newsdesk

The Indian state of Kerala is all set to showcase its business attractiveness to the global investors with its cultural heritage during the State’s week opening today at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The state floor at the Indian Pavilion will be inaugurated by Pinarayi Vijayan, Chief Minister of Kerala along with P. Rajeev, Minister for Law, Industries and Coir, Government of Kerala and Sunjay Sudhir, Ambassador of India to UAE today.

Dr Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commissioner-General for India at Expo 2020 and Mohammed Haneesh, Principal Secretary – Industries, Government of Kerala will also be present at the inaugural ceremony along with senior state Govt. officials, eminent industrialists based in UAE and NRK business community.

A high-level delegation headed by the Chief Minister will meet the investors during the week and pitch for investments. The programme would also feature diaspora connect events and showcase the tourism prowess to bring more investment and business opportunities in key growth sectors.

A reception for Pinarayi Vijayan will also be organised by Norka Roots and Kerala Pravasi Lokam.

While the state’s industry department will showcase business potentials for investment in various key sectors and highlight the recent changes in the Ease of Doing Business policy, Shri P. A. Mohammed Riyas, Minister for Tourism, Govt. of Kerala will lead an Industry awareness session along with a roadshow on the state’s Tourism capabilities.

Along with showcasing the business attractiveness, the state will also exhibit its rich art & cultural heritage to the global audience at the India Pavilion.

Two days ago, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, met the Kerala Chief Minister at the Expo, where he praised the contributions of the Indian expatriate community to the UAE’s development and highlighted the growing investments the two countries are making in each other’s economies, especially in renewable energy, logistics services, air transport and food security.

Sheikh Mohammed affirmed the UAE’s keenness to expand economic and investment cooperation with India and further strengthen the strategic partnership between the two countries. India is the UAE’s second-largest trading partner while the UAE is India’s third-largest trading partner and the largest in the Arab world.

Sheikh Mohammed further said that the UAE’s ability to provide a conducive environment for foreign investment, a supportive legislative framework that protects these investments and a productive base for international companies to establish their headquarters creates a wide range of opportunities for enhancing the partnership between the two countries.

Noting that India’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai has enriched the event, Sheikh Mohammed said the organisation of ‘Kerala Week’ within the Indian Pavilion will showcase the state’s economic and investment potential. The country’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai gives an opportunity for the two countries to explore new partnerships that can help build on the strong historical ties between India and the UAE.

The Kerala Chief Minister expressed his pride in the strong relationship the people of the state have with the UAE.

He conveyed his deep appreciation to the UAE government for ensuring the welfare of the Indian expatriate community. Expatriates from Kerala account for a large percentage of the Indian community in the UAE.

Pinarayi Vijayan noted that the two countries have significantly enhanced their ties in recent years as evidenced by the growing bilateral trade.

He expressed the hope that the two sides will continue to advance their cooperation in various sectors and wished the UAE leadership and people continued progress and prosperity in the years to come.

Vijayan also met with Abdulla Mohammed Al Mazrui, Chairman of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and discussed the prospects of cooperation in diverse economic sectors and the best means of cementing trade and investment relations between Abu Dhabi and Kerala in a way that reflects their respective capabilities.

Vijayan called on to the Abu Dhabi Chamber to form an economic delegation and visit Kerala to take a closer look at the available investment opportunities in diverse sectors, especially in agriculture, industry and tourism.

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Ronaldo visits Expo 2020 Dubai

Man Utd ace Cristiano Ronaldo Friday swapped the football pitch with Al Wasl Plaza, where he engaged in a Q&A session amid cheers of his huge Dubai fan base at Expo 2020 Dubai…reports Asian Lite News

The Portugal international spoke about his passion and journey that saw him become one of the world’s top footballers.

He was all praise for Dubai, saying, “Dubai always brings something to the table, unique and different.”

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The 36-year-old was greeted by hundreds of supporters who had turned out in their droves to catch a glimpse of the superstar at the ceremony.

Ronaldo is reportedly spending the international break in Dubai with his family. (WAM)

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India opens MSME floor at Dubai Expo

India on Monday opened a floor at Expo 2020 Dubai devoted to Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME), a highly vibrant and dynamic sector of the Indian economy…reports Asian Lite News

The Minister for MSME, Narayan Rane, said micro, small and medium enterprises employ 110 million Indians in such enterprises and has become a “significant contributor to economic growth with over 30 per cent contribution to GDP and accounts for over 48 per cent of overall exports from India.”

A readout by his Ministry hoped that participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will enable interaction by this sector of the Indian economy with governments of various countries as well as global business and industry leaders, which would help in adoption and exchange of best practices from across the world. It will also help to promote better understanding about the MSME ecosystem in India.

Sunjay Sudhir, India’s Ambassador to the UAE, highlighted the importance of MSMEs in the socio-economic development of India at the inauguration of the MSME floor.

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The rationale in opening the special floor at Expo 2020 Dubai is India’s record in providing large employment opportunities at comparatively lower capital cost through MSMEs and their role in the industrialization of rural and economically backward areas.

MSMEs in India include Khadi and Village Industries (KVI), two national heritages of India. Khadi means hand spun natural cloth, which was a symbol of India’s freedom struggle. At today’s inauguration, Rane launched “Khadi India,” a film produced by KVI Corporation.

Coir, an agro-based traditional industry, which originated in Kerala state and proliferated to other coconut producing provinces is also part of MSMEs in India. In recent years, the acceptability of Coir products has increased worldwide due to its environment friendly composition.

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Dubai Silicon Oasis partners with India Innovation Hub

The delegation included six Indian start-ups with a focus on travel and tourism, presenting their ideas to be incubated at DSO…reports Asian Lite News

Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), the integrated free zone technology park, on Monday welcomed Dr. Aman Puri, Consul General of India in Dubai and Deputy Commissioner-General for India at Expo 2020 Dubai, touring the Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus (Dtec) and discussing collaboration opportunities between DSO, Dtec, and India Innovation Hub at the India Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai.

Dr. Aman Puri was welcomed by Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi, Director General of DSO, in the presence of Siddhartha Baraily, Consul, Head of Chancery, and Ghanim Al Falasi, Senior Vice President of Technology and Entrepreneurship at DSO.

The delegation included six Indian start-ups with a focus on travel and tourism, presenting their ideas to be incubated at DSO.

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Dr. Aman Puri said, “The Government of India and the UAE are committed to working together to foster innovation between the two countries and contribute towards a sustainable world. India has emerged as an innovation hub with the world’s third-largest startup ecosystem with 42 Indian start-ups joining the Unicorn Club in 2021. The UAE is a global hub for expats and global businesses, which provides immense business opportunities for Indian talent. Innovation hub at India Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai has featured over 190 Indian start-ups. Elevate pitching series and interactions with prestigious organisations such as Dubai Silicon Oasis, Dubai Technology Entrepreneur Campus, TiE Dubai among others, provided excellent opportunities for the Indian innovators to interact with investors, global counterparts for further networking and partnership.”

Dr. Juma Al Matrooshi said, “UAE and India share deeply rooted bilateral relations and have been key trading partners for centuries. In the last few weeks of 2021, both nations concluded negotiations for a bilateral trade agreement that aims to boost non-oil trade to at least $100 billion over the next five years. In contribution to this ambitious plan, we aim to be a key enabler and incubator for start-ups and entrepreneurs, from all over the world, looking to expand into the region. Providing world-class facilities to streamline business set-up and operations, DSO is home to more than 1,000 companies from more than 75 countries.”

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Morocco celebrates National Day at Expo

National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants…reports Asian Lite News

Morocco celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 on Sunday with a visit by Aziz Akhannouch, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, an impressive aerobatic display by the Green March Moroccan Patrol, and a performance by one of the nation’s most eminent pianists, Marouan Benabdallah.


Aziz Akhannouch, Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Morocco, accompanied by Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Minister of Economy and Finance in Morocco, was welcomed by H.H. Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, and Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology.

Prime Minister Aziz Akhannouch said: “I am sincerely grateful for the warm reception accorded to the Moroccan delegation, and I congratulate the United Arab Emirates for their wonderful organisation of this World Expo. Our presence at Expo 2020 Dubai allows us to introduce our ancient heritage, plus our tourism, cultural and scientific achievements to the world.

“Morocco’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai showcases the Kingdom’s commitment to actively contribute to an enriching dialogue at both regional and international levels for a safer and more stable future for all, while our pavilion is a platform to announce our new identity, ‘Morocco Now’, highlighting Morocco’s investment and industrial opportunities, particularly for foreign investment.”

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber welcomed Aziz Akhannouch to the UAE and to Expo 2020 Dubai.

He said that celebrating Morocco’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai reflects the strong relations between the two brotherly countries, the foundation of which was laid by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late King Al Hassan II.

He added that, thanks to the directives of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and the keen following up of His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and King Mohammed VI, relations between the two countries are confidently heading towards a brighter future of political, economic, cultural and social cooperation.

said: “We share with the Kingdom of Morocco a common history, strong relations, as well as a common framework and active presence in the Arab and Islamic Worlds; which all serve as a strong base to expand partnerships and constructive collaboration for the benefit of our nations.”

“The UAE continues to work on strengthening its relations with the Kingdom of Morocco, and intensifying cooperation in various sectors of mutual interest, such as energy, agriculture, industry, mining, tourism, and others,” he added.

Dr. Sultan bin Ahmed Al Jaber noted that the UAEis the top Arab investor in Morocco, with a total of US$ 20 billion investments in 2022.

“I seize this opportunity to express thanks and gratitude to HM King Mohammed VI for Morocco’s strong participation in Expo 2020 Dubai, reflecting the deep-rooted ties between the UAE and Morocco. I would also like to thank Nadia Fettah Alaoui, Minister of Economy and Finance and Commissioner of the Moroccan Pavilion and her team for the excellent participation in this global event.”

He praised the design of the Moroccan Pavilion.

Located in the Opportunity District, the Morocco Pavilion gives visitors an immersive experience through a continuous ramp that reflects Moroccan streets, and its Wast Eddar, ‘heart of the home’, patio. The pavilion’s theme, ‘Legacies for the future – from inspiring origins to sustainable progress’, invites visitors to (re)discover the Kingdom, along with its history, identity, tangible achievements and vision for the future. It includes a climb to the top of the vertical earthen village for spectacular views of Expo 2020.

The Moroccan-Hungarian pianist Marouan Benabdallah’s repertoire ranges from classical music to tunes from the Middle East and North Africa. He often performs remarkable finds from composers from Syria, Algeria, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates, Egypt and his native Morocco.

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National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming.

Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.