Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai: Bahrain reveals pavilion that recreates dense forest

Visitors to the Bahrain pavilion will feel like they are walking through a dense forest when the Expo opens in Dubai in October.

Officials confirmed the country’s commitment to the six-month world fair at the Bahrain National Theatre on Tuesday.

The pavilion aims to show how Bahrain has always encouraged trade and entrepreneurship.

How the Bahrain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will look. Courtesy: Bahrain Expo 2020 Dubai
How the Bahrain Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will look. Courtesy: Bahrain Expo 2020 Dubai

Using the theme, Density Weaves Opportunities, the pavilion hopes to create images of weaving needles and the density of a traditionally woven fabric.

The aluminium facade represents Bahrain’s main export and 126 steel columns within the structure will make visitors feel they are walking through a dense forest.

“Our participation in this global event is a great opportunity to affirm our cultural presence amongst the countries of the world,” said Shaikha Mai bint Mohammed Al Khalifa, president of the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities and commissioner general of the pavilion.

The six-month Expo in Dubai has seen participation from hundreds of countries, organisation and companies.

The Bahrain pavilion makes a statement about promises and opportunities available in an increasingly crowded world.

Visitors will see varied crafts from loom weaving to traditional embroidery called naqda and kurar, an age-old technique that used silver and gold thread on fine fabric.

Woven composite materials used in the automotive and construction industry will also be shown.

Old and the new technology will be on display with artisans interlacing palm leaves and installations on the manufacture of fibreglass also part of the exhibition. “We are looking forward to showcasing the Kingdom’s unique competitive advantages and business-friendly environment at this year’s Expo 2020 event,” said Tala Fakhro, chief project officer at the country’s Economic Development Board.

“Bahrain, well known for its openness and diversity, has much to offer investors and we are excited to present those opportunities.”

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Published: April 7, 2021 08:00 AM

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