Sheikh Mohammed with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih during his visit to the Maldives pavilion at Expo 2020 on Monday. WAM
His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, today visited the pavilions of Maldives, Egypt, Palestine, Switzerland and Emirates Airline at Expo 2020 Dubai.
He was accompanied by Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Higher Committee of Expo 2020 Dubai; Sheikh Mansoor Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum; and Reem bint Ebrahim Al Hashemy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Speaking on the tour, Sheikh Mohammed said Expo 2020 Dubai brings together 192 nations with diverse cultures, aspirations and innovations, making the global mega event a unique platform to discover new opportunities for engagement. , development, investment and partnership. In addition, the event creates the perfect environment to build bridges of understanding, connect with different cultures and discover new opportunities for economic transformation and growth, he said.
At the Maldives pavilion, Sheikh Mohammed met Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, President of the Maldives, and explored ways to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries in various fields. The meeting also discussed the participation of the Maldives in Expo 2020 and the opportunities the event offers to promote bilateral relations in various fields.
At the Maldives Pavilion, Her Highness was introduced to the organized visual tour that educates visitors about the history, culture, ecology, cuisine and arts of the nation. The pavilion showcases the unique natural environment of the Maldives and its people who are intrinsically linked to the sea, sharing the country’s development history with the world. Promoting the country’s ‘environment first’ philosophy, the pavilion shares the Expo’s sub-theme, sustainability, and showcases the country’s historic and ongoing initiatives to achieve a sustainable future by championing awareness of the climate change and promoting sustainable practices.
His Highness also visited the Egyptian pavilion, which highlights the country’s ancient treasures and modern innovations that coexist: monumental pyramids and skyscrapers, hieroglyphics and high-definition screens. At the Pavilion, visitors can explore the connection between past riches and future opportunities, through four floors of innovative attractions. Her Highness was briefed on the Pavilion’s 360-degree virtual reality experience, which offers an immersive tour of Egypt’s natural and urban worlds.
Sheikh Mohammed visits the Egyptian pavilion. WAM
The pavilion also offers live digital tours of the Grand Egyptian Museum, the future home of a collection of prized Pharaonic relics.
Sheikh Mohammed also visited the Pavilion of Palestine, where he met Majed Faraj, Special Envoy of the President of the Palestinian Authority. Her Highness was briefed on the pavilion, which offers an innovative way to experience this deeply historic land with imaginative exhibits that individually engage each of the five senses of the body.
Beginning with an elevator ride that doubles as an immersive simulation of the rise above the bustling streets of Jerusalem, Palestine’s Exposition takes visitors on a sensory cultural tour. Visitors can see the sights of Palestine, inhale its aromas and taste its delicious cuisine and don a virtual reality headset and feel the whole experience come together.
Sheikh Mohammed visits the flag of Switzerland. WAM
The Swiss pavilion was another stop on His Highness tour. The “Reflections” themed pavilion features iconic cubic architecture, a giant interactive mirrored facade and a “Swiss crystal cave”. Visitors can hike through a sea of fog or travel on a magic carpet to experience the thrill of excitement as the breathtaking nature of Switzerland emerges. Visitors can also enjoy magnificent landscapes and discover the opportunities offered by the country, in addition to tasting Swiss chocolate specialties.
Sheikh Mohammed during his visit to the Emirates pavilion. WAM
Sheikh Mohammed also visited the Emirates Pavilion, which showcases the Dubai-based airline’s vision for the future of air travel, offering visitors the chance to design their own aircraft and participate in interactive exhibits. Loaded with technologies that offer a glimpse into the changing world of commercial aviation, visitors can learn about the advancements that will define the travel experience of the future, both in the air and on the ground. His Highness viewed the pavilion’s built-in video wall, which introduces the basics of flight and offers hands-on experience with the materials that will be used in the design of future aircraft.