DUBAI: In an official ceremony at the Expo 2020 Dubai site today, the Pakistan Pavilion was handed over to the Pakistani authorities after completion of building civil works. Pakistan side was represented by Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan on Commerce & Investment, Mr. Muhammad Sualeh Ahmed Faruqui, Secretary, Ministry of Commerce, H.E. Mr. Afzaal Mahmood, Ambassador of Pakistan to UAE, Mr. Ahsan Ali Mangi, Secretary Trade Development Authority of Pakistan (TDAP) and other officers from Embassy, Consulate and TDAP. Mr. Omar Shehadeh, Chief International Participants Officer at Expo 2020 Dubai Mr. Ahmed Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery Officer at Expo-2020 Dubai and Mr. Ahmed Al Hamdan, Country Manager for Pakistan at Expo 2020 Dubai were also present at the occasion.
Expo 2020 is now scheduled to be held from 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022 under the theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the future”. The Expo 2020 site is spread over an area of 4.38 square kilometres with more than 200 Participants Pavilions million of visitors from across the globe are expected to visit the Expo during the six months duration of the event. The entire area is divided into three main Districts i.e. Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
The Pakistan Pavilion is located in the Opportunity District on a large size plot with a total covered area of 35,000 Sqft. The inner journey of the Pavilion is set under the theme ‘Pakistan: The Hidden Treasure’ with an aim to enhance tourism, commerce and investment in Pakistan. The pavilion will take visitors through a timeless journey from the world’s earliest recorded civilizations to the challenges of the new millennium.
On the occasion Mr. Abdul Razak Dawood said that Pakistan is bestowed with natural beauty, historical and religious sites, highest peaks and calm deserts. It is the destination for mountaineers, historians, archaeologists, writers, photographers and many such tourists. Through our theme at Expo 2020 Dubai we plan to present and showcase the land of opportunities to promote tourism, commerce and investment in the country. On the side-lines, the Trade Development Authority of Pakistan is also planning six months of programming events which will comprise of Trade & Investment seminars and conferences, cultural shows and events etc.
Pakistan side thanked the leadership and government of the UAE and Expo 2020 Authorities for their support and cooperation throughout the construction phase of Pakistan Pavilion and expressed hope for same cooperation and support until the successful completion of the event.