Expo 2020 Dubai: Visitors at Pakistan Pavilion surpasses expectations, says Dawood

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14th Oct, 2021. 03:17 pm

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Commerce Abdul Razak Dawood shared on Thursday that the number of visitors coming to the Pakistan Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai “surpassed expectations”.

“We are pleased to announce that Pakistan Pavilion received 55,000 visitors in its opening week of Expo 2020. The response we received was overwhelming, and the number of visitors we had in the first week surpassed expectations,” tweeted Dawood.

Talking about the message the government hopes to give with the pavilion, he said that Pakistan had “largely been misrepresented” and with the pavilion, the country hopes to change that belief.

“As I mentioned earlier, Pakistan is a wonderful country that has largely been misrepresented. However, at Expo 2020, we are here to show the real Pakistan to the world,” said Dawood.

The adviser thanked all the visitors that showed interest in Pakistan’s culture, its richness and diversity.

“It [Pakistan] is a country with great opportunities for tourism and investment,” said the adviser. It was the artists’ creativity and skills that helped the country showcase “actual Pakistan to a broader audience”, he added.

EXPO 2020 is a highly-publicised global trade show that has brought together representatives of 190 nations who will display their cultures, human resource and investment opportunities for the next six months to enhance their country’s trade and commerce with the rest of the world.

The Pakistan Pavilion under the theme “Pakistan: The Hidden Treasure”, is located in the “Opportunity District” with a total covered area of 35,000-square feet.

The facade of the pavilion is designed by Rashid Rana, an internationally renowned artist, whose work is displayed in the important public collections at a British museum.

The pavilion will be divided into eight key spaces where visitors will experience the country’s best-kept hidden treasures. It will also feature a custom-made Pakistani cuisine restaurant called “The Dhaaba” that will feature the country’s authentic, centuries-old cuisine for global audiences. It will also offer indigenous dishes from each region.

A souvenir shop with art and craft works unique to Pakistan will also be part of the pavilion to allow visitors to take home a bit of Pakistani culture from its array of cultural memorabilia available.

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