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null H.E. Al Zeyoudi praises the remarkable presence of GCC countries at Expo 2020 Dubai

26 Mar 2022


H.E. Al Zeyoudi praises the remarkable presence of GCC countries at Expo 2020 Dubai


Total non-oil trade between UAE and GCC countries amounted to AED 246 billion in 2021 with 25% growth


Dubai, 26 March 2022

H.E. Dr. Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of State for Foreign Trade, visited the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) country pavilions at Expo 2020 Dubai, praising the remarkable GCC presence at the global event held in the UAE’s territory. The Expo is a prominent platform to highlight the progress and prosperity achieved by the GCC member states at various levels and puts the spotlight on their unique values, heritage, and civilization, he noted.

H.E. Al Zeyoudi underlined the importance of Expo 2020 Dubai and the pivotal role it plays in consolidating the UAE's position as a global economic, trade, and tourism capital and an attractive destination for quality investments, prestigious global companies, talents, and creative competencies from around the world. This achievement can be attributed to the UAE’s sophisticated infrastructure, flexible and progressive legislation and an economy characterized by resilience, sustainability, innovation, diversity, and technology in line with the objectives of the 50 and the UAE Centennial 2071.

During his visit to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, the second largest pavilion at Expo 2020 spanning a total area of 13.059 sqm, located in the Opportunity District and under the theme ‘Ambition without borders’, H.E. was briefed on the Kingdom's vision and ambitious projects. These include four main pillars: people, nature, heritage, and opportunities. In addition, the Minister was briefed on Saudi Arabia's long history, future projects, and opportunities offered by its rich economy. The Saudi Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai showcases unique and exciting stories about the country, its ancient heritage, and the historic development of its culture and arts, through a giant globe with an interactive floor that takes visitors on an audiovisual journey through spectacular scenes designed by a team of Saudi artists.

H.E. then visited the Omani pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai located in the Mobility District under the theme ‘Oman - Opportunities over time’. The pavilion recounts the history of the Sultanate throughout the ages, through its unique design that takes the shape of the historic frankincense tree with its fragrant scent.

H.E. Al Zeyoudi was briefed on Omani innovations derived from the environment and heritage with contemporary techniques in the fields of medicine, cosmetics, food, and others. The Oman Pavilion offers an interesting experience that reviews different timelines from the Sultanate's history, through an educational and historical journey using audiovisual techniques that tell the success story of the Oman Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, and its future aspirations for sustainable opportunities.

Furthermore, H.E. Al Zeyoudi visited the Bahraini pavilion, located in the Opportunity District under the theme ‘Density as Opportunity’. Here, he was briefed on the Bahraini heritage and the role of traditional weaving in promoting the harmony of the people of Bahrain, as well as creating promising opportunities in the fields of trade and innovation. Visitors to the Bahraini pavilion can enjoy an interesting maze-like journey to experience density through cultural performances, which bring together the Kingdom's crafts and ancient heritage. The Pavilion offers visitors the opportunity to taste traditional Bahraini food and delicacies, as well as enjoy popular music that reflects the country’s cultural identity.

During his visit to the Kuwaiti pavilion, which is located in the Sustainability District under the slogan ‘New Kuwait: New Opportunities for Sustainability’, H.E. was briefed on opportunities for sustainable development in transport networks and future homes. He also learned about inspirational ideas on Kuwait's sustainable future and its perceptions of future cities, as well as interactive databanks. The Kuwaiti pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai offers visitors an opportunity to learn about the culture of the Kuwaiti people through an interesting experience that blends music, poetry and songs, and get to know the history of the Kuwaiti people and their vision for the future through flexible and innovative foundations. Here, visitors can also enjoy an experience titled ‘The Spring of Life’, which provides inspiring insights into the sustainable future of Kuwait.

H.E. Al Zeyoudi also visited the Qatar pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, located in the Sustainability District under the slogan ‘A vibrant, forward-looking country,’ where he was briefed on Qatar's active cultural movement, as well as its outlook on the future in the light of its sustainable projects, economic diversity, and the unique and diverse investment opportunities it enjoys, along with its historical development. The unique Qatar pavilion, inspired by crosswords, the sailing boat, and the island with two palm trees, enables visitors to learn about Qatar's future aspirations and explore its present through a spectacular audiovisual performance.

The non-oil trade between the UAE and the GCC countries grew by 25% last year to record nearly AED 246 billion, up from AED 196.2 billion recorded in 2020.

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