What did you miss following Expo 2020 in Dubai? Exhibitions inspired by history’s greatest cultures, showing everything from rare stones and tapestries to artworks and historical relics, national delicacies and spices, cultural performances, and more, blended with each country’s vision of its own future.
The meeting of past and future highlights the wonder of change in the most obvious way possible.
As well as from exploring culture via both physical contact and virtual tours, each nation in the expo displayed some outstanding cultural inventions and plans for their countries’ sustainable future.
Let’s take a look at all of the MENA region’s exhibits and their plans after Expo 2020.
Iraq’s pavilion included a virtual tour of the country’s most famous cultural aspects. With drone footage of its citizens’ everyday life and long-standing customs, as well as stunning architecture and drone footage of the historic Baghdad Gates and Minaret of Malwiya, and the spectacular Martyr’s Monument.
Egypt gave its best effort in Discover Egypt’s historical and contemporary achievements. Begin a new age of possibilities by celebrating a vision of a wealthy future for tourism, infrastructure, education, and other areas.
Visitors may take a high-end digital voyage with the virtual tour guide Ayda, see three authentic antique Pharaoh sculptures, and travel through Egypt’s history in 3D.
Jordan’s Expo pavilion entry, which resembles the entrance to a canyon, is reminiscent of the Jordanian desert city of Petra. Visitors will come at a poetic media installation after passing through, which will take them on an interactive journey across Jordan’s breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage.
The Jordan Pavilion serves as a platform for Jordan to advertise itself to the globe in such a way that international business visitors’ perceptions of the country alter. It will serve as a platform for attaining economic, trade, and investment goals, as well as market access and education opportunities, and it has the potential to strengthen Jordan’s bilateral relationships with participating countries.
Saudi Arabia has the second biggest pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, at 13,059 square meters.
A enormous, multi-faceted 30-metre diameter globe with an interactive floor, brought to life in the Vision space by a collection of Saudi artists, takes spectators on an audiovisual trip across the Kingdom’s creative ecosystem.
Guests are welcome to engage with executives from across the world at the Business Park to form innovative collaborations and explore a variety of investment options.
As the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia opens its doors to the rest of the world, its participation to Expo 2020 reflects the country’s lofty goals. The Saudi Arabia Pavilion, with a façade the size of two football fields, takes the appearance of an opening window that climbs into the sky delivering inspirational messages.
The Saudi experience begins in the open plaza underneath the pavilion, where a massive screen above and LEDs below work together to produce a brilliant light show. A LEED Platinum Certified creative and sustainable design that provides an insight into Saudi Arabia’s future environmental ambitions beyond Expo 2020.
Following that, the “Legacy Path” escalator will take visitors through immersive displays highlighting many facets of Saudi Arabia’s heritage, as well as architectural and natural splendor.
The exhibition takes visitors on a journey through Somali history, beginning with an excerpt from a Chinese explorer’s account of his journey through the country. Traditional clothing, dancing performances, cultural, historical, and traditional legacy are all highlighted.
The book covers every aspect of Somali life, including economic resources and historical elements such as sculptures and figures dating back centuries.
The trip of the visitors begins at the pavilion’s façade, which depicts Sudan’s past and future, with platforms with Nubian symbols reflecting the country’s cultural richness, ancient history, and waves of current transformation to improve its economy.
The pavilion’s center courtyard, which has a carved map of Sudan and a flowing stream portraying the Nile, captures the spirit of Sudanese life. Experience the sights and sounds of water flowing down the White and Blue Niles before joining to become the Great River Nile.
Visitors will be engaged in real cultural experiences, including unique tribal dances never before seen in public.
The ‘Inventions and Innovations Room’ at the pavilion will showcase goods and solutions from the government, business sector, educational institutions, people, startups, and SMEs. The three Expo subthemes of opportunity, mobility, and sustainability guide the innovations.
Sudan boasts more than 50 million acres of agricultural land, enough to feed a billion people. It has been dubbed the “World Food Basket.” Not only that, but if and when the globe really accepts nuclear power as a primary energy source, the country might be caught in the crossfire. Sudan is not only the greatest exporter of gum Arabic and one of Africa’s top gold producers, but it also has about 1.5 million tons of uranium deposits.
The Oman Pavilion offers guests on a panoramic tour of one of the Arabian Peninsula’s major treasures: frankincense, which has long been used in fragrances and incense. Omanis have been gathering and exporting this valuable resin for over 5,000 years, and their experience, care, and invention can be found in every corner of the whimsically tree-shaped pavilion.
Visit a hyper-real animatronic Boswellia sacra tree, learn about the resin’s history and legacy from virtual-reality storytellers, see a botanical “library of life” managed by robots – or simply relax guests at the pavilion’s perfume bar with the subtle smells of frankincense.
This oil-rich desert country has long been a crossroads of civilizations, as indicated by the numerous Roman and Greek remains. The Libya Pavilion transports visitors to the ancient towns of Leptis Magna, Cyrene, and Sabratha, then reveals the splendor of modern-day Libya, as patriotic inhabitants accompany visitors through its past and show its inventions and future objectives.
The Lebanese have always demonstrated how their deep-rooted culture and outgoing friendliness thrive in every environment. The Lebanon Pavilion, a crossroads nation where East meets West, Christianity meets Islam, and tradition meets the cosmopolitan, honors this Mediterranean nation’s legacy of endurance, drive, and inventiveness.
Visit “islands” of technology dedicated to ancient seafaring Phoenicians, modern-day entrepreneurs, and scientists. Enjoy authentic Lebanese folk music or delectable Lebanese food. Visitors have even been caught in the middle of a flash mob.
Kuwaitis recognize the need of protecting natural resources since they have survived in the desert’s harsh sands. This ethos is shared by the Kuwait Pavilion at Expo 2020, which focuses on all areas of sustainability, from efficient new transportation networks to futuristic smart houses. The pavilion’s style is inspired by the region’s golden sand and sun, while the central funnel is reminiscent of Kuwait City’s characteristic conical water towers. Inside, you’ll find redesigned cities, interactive data banks, and a one-of-a-kind “Life Spring,” which provides a stunning representation of Kuwait’s sustainable future.
The world’s earliest alphabet was created in the ancient Syrian city of Ugarit, on a little clay tablet etched with the symbols that launched the creation of the written word. The Syria Pavilion honors the nation’s ethos of community and persistence, as well as its tradition of information exchange. Examine a Ugarit alphabet tablet and trace its influence on mankind before learning about Syria’s agricultural history through seeds and wheat ears. Visitors might join one of the world’s oldest musical compositions, the Syrian “Hurrian Hymn,” and witness this ambitious nation’s inspirational promise of a better future for all.
The Islamic Republic of Iran Pavilion, which combines conventional exhibitions on Iranian art and crafts with an immersive variety of live audio-visual streams, provides a real-time view into the lives of Iranian individuals. The pavilion is divided into numerous sleekly constructed “boxes,” each of which offers a unique viewpoint on the country’s historic culture. Curated visual displays will digitally transport participants to authentic Iranian bazaars, magnificent landscapes, and more as they investigate Iran’s production of saffron (known as “red gold” due to its scarcity and high price).
When you live in a heavily populated area like Bahrain, establishing social peace entails learning to blend diverse cultures and beliefs. This is the spark that ignited the Bahrain Pavilion, which investigates density through the inventive prism of weaving. The pavilion, which has a futuristic design accented by hundreds of needle-like silver columns, shows Bahraini weaving tradition through live demonstrations and exhibitions. Discover traditional textile techniques, try out modern woven carbon fiber, and taste flavors from Bahraini chefs.
The rihla was a prominent Arabic literary style during the Islamic Golden Age that recounted not just a physical trip but also a human journey toward spiritual knowledge. The Algeria Pavilion brings this genre to Expo 2020 for a whole new audience to appreciate, delivering a rihla-inspired trip through the legacy of the North African nation.
The voyage begins outdoors in a casbah-like square, where guests are led through a portal to the future and through a multi-stage display highlighting Algeria’s cultural and natural resources. Watch a high-definition movie, then enjoy the country’s arid sights and sounds before finishing with a cup of Algerian mint tea.