DUBAI: Kuwait’s pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai is an extraordinary representation of the Kuwaiti culture as it is abound with informative displays and enthralling exhibits. Kuwait chose its pavilion to take place in the sustainability sector and dubbed it ‘New Kuwait .. New Opportunities for Sustainability’ to reflect its commitment to sustained development and investment to ensuring a safe and prosperous future for its people through its Kuwait 2035 vision. The pavilion’s name is reflected in its outer appearance as the architectural design is inspired by Kuwait’s vision for sustainability. It also focuses on the native environment by displaying sand dunes and camels.
Spectators are greeted by the sight of the water towers, a Kuwaiti symbol of sustainability and water security. The towers are strategically located in the center of the pavilion and stretching upwards across all levels, to further illustrate Kuwait’s deeply-rooted respect for its environment, climate and resources. It also includes a large pearly scroll that reflects sunlight in a representation of Kuwait’s investment in solar power.
Kuwait’s pavilion employs the use of groundbreaking technology to exhibit information, as it provides spectators with the opportunity to be completely engrossed in the Kuwaiti experience. The pavilion offers experiences that span across all sensory levels in which audiences can revel in local melodies and scenes, and delight in the wonderful taste of Kuwaiti dishes.
The pavilion sought to appeal to all sorts of age groups as interactive displays charm the young and the old, being fun and informative. Visitors’ hands could be seen waving in front of the interactive displays, smiles broadening across their faces. Visitors could also be delighted with information about the rich Kuwaiti heritage as the Kuwaiti youth present in the pavilion provide explanations of the traditions and historic pieces.
The pavilion also introduces visitors to natural life in Kuwait as mummified desert animals could be seen across the exhibit. It also sheds light on Kuwaiti seafaring culture with the presence of Dhow ship and displays of ship building business as well as fishing and diving for pearls.
Kuwait’s humanitarian role also makes a significant presence in the pavilion as a large screen carries the picture of late Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, dubbed the humanitarian leader and making Kuwait the humanitarian center. Concluding the journey are the pictures of His Highness Amir of Kuwait Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and the Crown Prince His Highness Sheikh Mishal Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah. Spectators are allocated seats in front of screens where they can view scenes of the humanitarian aid Kuwait provides whether internally or externally, highlighting the role of Kuwait’s Red Crescent Society as well as other local institutions and Kuwaiti people who never shy away from extending a helping hand.
The pavilion also highlights Kuwait’s role in empowering women and enabling them to participate in various aspects including political, economic, social and athletic. Visitors looking for information about oil in Kuwait will find that the pavilion provides an interesting and educational opportunity. It also includes a riveting display of the democratic parliamentary life in Kuwait. The United Arab Emirates made an astonishing commendable effort and successfully hosted this large-scale international event employing all resources to enable participants and alleviate all setbacks they could be faced with.
The opening ceremony was on the first of October and under the motto ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ with an unprecedented participation of 192 countries. The Expo is organizing around 60 exciting activities and daily events with more than 200 food caterers for the duration of 182 days, as the expo is scheduled to be over by March 2022. – KUNA