DUBAI: Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai kept its winning streak since its launch on Oct. 1, the latest being several awards given by the event’s main evaluator.
Exhibitor, a magazine that hands out awards during each expo, gave the Saudi Pavilion an award for the best pavilion in the category of large suites.
It also gave the pavilion — the second-largest at Expo 2020 Dubai with a total area of 13,059 sq. m — an honorary award in the category of best exterior design and best display.
Exhibitor has been organizing this competition for more than 30 years, honoring the best-designed exhibitions, according to the assessment of an international committee composed of design, marketing and events experts.
The Saudi Pavilion also won the Platinum Certificate in LEED granted by the US Green Building Council. This meant that the structure was among the most sustainable buildings in the world. Among its features were 650 solar panels, all manufactured in Saudi Arabia.
Furthermore, the Saudi Pavilion holds three Guinness World Records: the longest interactive water curtain (32 m), the largest interactive light floor, and the largest interactive digital screen mirror (1,240 sq. m).
The pavilion won praise for showcasing the Kingdom’s past, present and future by fusing technology with knowledge and creative arts in a way that conveyed a sense of Saudi Arabia’s growth and prosperity in all fields.
As one of the Expo’s most talked-about pavilions, it logged a record number of visits, with more than 4.6 million people passing through its portals since its launch.
For these visitors, the Saudi pavilion organized more than 1,800 events, activities, programs and themed weeks that reflected the Kingdom’s rich nature, vibrant society, longstanding heritage and economic opportunities.
Other attractions included a sustainable energy station, exhibitions featuring Saudi heritage and handicrafts, popular folklore shows and famous dishes from all of the Kingdom’s regions.
Pavilion visitors went on discovery tours that reflected the spirit of Saudi Arabia and highlighted its cultural innovations and economic and investment opportunities.
On Jan. 7, the pavilion celebrated Saudi Day with activities, programs, cultural performances and creative events to highlight the Kingdom’s growth and renaissance in all fields under the umbrella of Saudi Vision 2030.
Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman visited the expo during an official tour of the UAE on Dec. 8.
He was welcomed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, UAE vice president and ruler of Dubai, who said the world was looking forward to Saudi Arabia hosting the World Expo 2030 in Riyadh, with the support of the Kingdom’s crown prince.
On Feb. 1, Saudi Arabia’s Interior Minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif visited the Expo, where he was taken on a tour of the Saudi Pavilion.
Earlier this month, Saudi Islamic Minister Sheikh Abdullatif Al-Asheikh and Justice Minister Walid Al-Samaani separately toured the Saudi Pavilion among other pavilions during a visit.