RIYADH, Saudi Arabia - Saudi Arabia has made a major commitment to the upcoming Expo 2020 which will be staged in Dubai.
The country has begun construction of a pavilion which will cover an area the size of two football fields.
The pavilion, which will be second in size only to that of the UAE will symbolize Saudi Arabia’s "welcoming character, long heritage and unlimited drive," and adopt a design that is "distinctive and memorable," according to an official from the kingdom on Sunday.
"The facade opens like a large window into the future, soaring into the sky and reflecting a society deeply rooted in its culture with unlimited ambitions," the statement added.
"A path will lead visitors through exhibition displays which highlight the country’s openness to businesses and tourists, and its desire to build links and collaborate with countries to create a better future for everyone."
"This extraordinary and innovative design perfectly captures the determination of the kingdom to fulfill its promise of being an ambitious nation while conveying a message of dynamism and partnership with the world," Mohammed Al-Tuwaijri, Saudi's Minister of Economy and Planning and Chairman of the Supervisory Committee for the Kingdom's participation in Expo 2020 Dubai said Sunday.
"All Saudis can be proud of the vision that this ground-breaking pavilion will deliver to the world, and we look forward to inviting global citizens to share in the exciting story of our thriving and vibrant society," he said
Construction of the pavilion, designed by Boris Micka Associates began in early February.
"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s pavilion at Expo 2020 will offer visitors a chance to experience the country’s rich heritage and culture, while demonstrating how our region is working together to create a better future for everyone. We look forward to welcoming our brothers and sisters from the Kingdom as they join us for the first ever World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region," Reem bint Ibrahim Al-Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau said Sunday.
So far 190 countries have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020. Organisers expect to record 25 million visits between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021, with 70% of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE – the highest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos, a statement from the UAE news agency WAM said Sunday..