DUBAI, 21 November 2021 – Oman’s Expo 2020 National Day celebrations took place today in the presence of His Highness Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said, Deputy Prime Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Affairs for the Sultanate of Oman, Personal Representative of His Majesty the Sultan.
A 50-member Royal Guard marching band performed, while an Omani ship, Shabab Oman II, docked in Dubai Harbour for the festivities.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, accompanied by Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed His Highness Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said and His Excellency Qais bin Mohammed Al Yousef, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Investment Promotion for Oman and Head of The General Commission for the Sultanate’s Pavilion at Expo 2020.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan, said: “In every participation, in World and Specialised Expos, the Pavilion of the Sultanate of Oman clearly stands out, with its exhibits and goals sending the powerful message of the Sultanate to the world.”
“The fine design of the Sultanate’s Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, with its expressive façade, draws inspiration from the canopy of the frankincense tree – an emblem and symbol of heritage which we all cherish for its significance to the Arab region.”
Delivering an inspiring speech on behalf of His Highness Sayyid Asa’ad bin Tariq Al Said, His Excellency Qais bin Mohammed Al Yousef praised the brotherly relations between the leader and people of Oman and the UAE, and reiterated the importance of fulfilling the purpose of the mega-event: “Expo 2020 Dubai epitomises the concept of collaboration and communication between nations and peoples for a better life for all, for generations to come. With the aim of embodying Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and the important subtheme of Opportunity, we announce today that we will be granting scholarships to students, who will be chosen from visitors to the Oman Pavilion who hail from brotherly and friendly nations.”
University students onboard the Shabab Oman II set sail on 7 November to mark Oman’s 51st National Day, and the vessel visited ports in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Qatar en route to the UAE.
The Omani Youth Ship helps to encourage dialogue and communication, to spread a message of harmony and friendship, especially among young people. The vessel, through its engagement with students, is seen as a reflection of Expo 2020’s theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, and its subthemes of Opportunity, Sustainability, and Mobility.
Additional celebrations for Oman National Day included music and cultural entertainment at Al Wasl Plaza. A forum also introduced business leaders and investors from around the world to the Sultanate’s numerous and diverse investment opportunities as well as its development plans in construction, industry, transport, aviation, and free zones – sectors that are experiencing continued growth.
Located in the Mobility District, the Oman Pavilion pays tribute to its ‘gift’ to the world: frankincense. The structure resembles the tree that produces the precious resin, while the interior has five zones detailing how frankincense has benefitted the country, including its uses in medicine, food, and cosmetics. The pavilion is both mystical and futuristic, taking visitors on a journey connecting people and minds across time and place.
National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each features a flag-raising ceremony at the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.
Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.