Oman gets ready for Expo 2020 Dubai

Muscat, Jan 30 – The Sultanate is looking to tap 25 million visitors who will visit Expo 2020 Dubai which will begin in October next year. Taking the first step in this direction, an agreement was signed at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat (KOM) for the development of the 2,200 sqm Omani pavilion.
The expo, which will be held in Dubai from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021.
The agreement was signed by Mohsin bin Khamis al Balushi, Adviser to the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, and Commissioner-General of Sultanate of Oman at Expo 2020 Dubai, and Firas bin Khamis al Balushi, CEO of Innovation Factory for Scientific Research and Development at the Knowledge Oasis Muscat on Tuesday.
The signing ceremony was attended by Dr Ali bin Masoud al Sunaidy, Minister of Commerce and Industry, member of the ministerial committee on Sultanate’s preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai, HH Sayyid Dr Fahd bin Julanda al Said, Assistant-Secretary General for Innovation Development at The Research Council and officials.
The first phase of the project includes preliminary design, development, installation of the pavilion with the state-of-the-art multimedia, preparation of tender documents for the construction of pavilion, evaluation and analysis of bids, supervision of the construction, furnishing and equipping of the pavilion, and removal and disposal of the pavilion after the expo.
Mohsin bin Khamis al Balushi said the aim and the directions of the ministerial committee on Sultanate’s preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai chaired by HH Sayyid Haitham bin Tareq al Said, Minister of Heritage and Culture, is to give young Omani entrepreneurs and SMEs an opportunity to gain global experience and knowledge.
“We aim to provide Omani companies, especially SMEs, and craftsmen, with the opportunity to benefit from direct and indirect business opportunities through the participation of the Sultanate in the expo. The pavilion will also offer an opportunity for a number of small and medium-sized enterprises and craftsmen to offer their products and services to visitors in the 173-day long expo.’’
Innovation Factory for Scientific Research and Development Company was won the best small-enterprise in 2017.
He added that the main theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ while sub-themes are opportunity, mobility and sustainability. The Sultanate’s pavilion at the Expo will be titled ‘Oman — Opportunities over Time.’ The pavilion will showcase achievements during the glorious reign of His Majesty Sultan Qaboos, in addition to highlighting the future achievements and aspirations of the Sultanate in those subjects and areas.
Hassan bin Mohammed bin Ali al Lawati, Adviser to the Minister of Heritage and Culture for Heritage Affairs, Deputy Commissioner- General of the Sultanate Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, said that Omani participation in this event will be distinct and different.
The architectural design of the pavilion is inspired from the frankincense tree and its historical association with Oman. The shape of the building represents and embodies the frankincense tree. The design is based on a central trunk where the display begins.
From this central trunk, spaces intersect at different levels with the display areas. The outer façade of the pavilion resembles branches of the frankincense tree. Frankincense tree was a bridge of communication and trade between the civilisations of the ancient world more than 5,000 years ago.
Caravans for frankincense travelled on different routes to different parts of the world, which corresponds to the main theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as its sub-themes: opportunity, mobility and sustainability.