Vietnam Pavilion Opens At Expo 2020 Dubai

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The opening ceremony of the Viet Nam Pavilion was held in spectacular fashion on October 1 in the Expo Village at the Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Attending the event were HE Mr. Ta Quang Dong, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism; HE Mr. Nguyen Manh Tuan, the Ambassador of Viet Nam to the UAE, and Mrs. Nguyen Phuong Hoa, Commissioner General of Viet Nam at EXPO 2020 Dubai, Director of the International Cooperation Department of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism; international guests including Mr. Omar Shehaded, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Chief of International Participants, Mr. Graham Cooke, Founder and President of World Travel Awards, Ambassadors and Commissioner Generals, Pavilion Director of Int’l participants especially  ASEAN member states and ASEAN Secretariat  at EXPO 2020 Dubai; as well as numerous overseas Vietnamese and Viet Nam’s friends in the UAE. 

This is the seventh time that Viet Nam has participated in the World Expo under the direction of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Viet Nam. At the opening ceremony, Deputy Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Ta Quang Dong said: “Covid-19 pandemic will be one of the most memorably devastating catastrophes of modern history causing an unprecedentedly tremendous impact on every aspect of social life. In this context, the presence of Viet Nam Pavilion at EXPO 2020 demonstrates the firm commitments and great efforts of Viet Nam Government to promote the country’s images, to raise the cultural and creative values of Vietnamese people and to add Vietnamese colour to the vivid-coloured painting of the world.

Covering an area of more than 850 square meters, the Viet Nam Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is located in the ‘Opportunity’ District and showcases the theme, “Distilling the Past, Shaping the Future.” The facade of the pavilion is covered with 800 traditional conical hats from Hoi An with colorful lights, and a display of 18 replica artworks created by Vietnamese artists for the Vietnamese National Assembly building. The exhibition area takes up two floors of the pavilion, and is divided into various themes through which the organizers aim to show international visitors a country rich in cultural identity, and an emerging destination of opportunities for cooperation with the Middle Eastern region and the world. 

Compared to previous exhibitions, this year’s Viet Nam Pavilion brings a fresh new look and approach. In addition to promoting and honoring national culture and traditions, Vietnam’s advances in the field of science and technology are also highlighted. Visitors can experience Viet Nam’s travel hotspots through 3D glasses and touch screens or learn about “Make in Viet Nam” technological achievements such as the Dragon satellite line, sneakers made from recycled coffee and plastic, 3D-printed carbon fiber unibody products and Vietnam’s own artificial intelligence.

According to Ms. Nguyễn Phương Hoa, Vietnam’s Commissioner General at EXPO 2020 Dubai, the Viet Nam Pavilion will actively promote international collaboration, trade, investment and tourism through seminars, forums and B2B and B2C meetings. The Vietnamese delegation will also participate in international business events at Expo 2020 Dubai such as ASEAN Day on December 13, 2021 and Francophonie Week (March 2022). Vietnam will be the only Asian country to participate in a virtual reality tour hosted by the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie (OIF) 

The most anticipated event of the Pavilion’s programme is Viet Nam’s National Day on December 30, 2021. The day will be focused on Viet Nam, promoting the country through a variety of activities, including the Vietnamese flag raising ceremony, a parade, projection of the Vietnamese flag on the surface of Al Wasl Plaza’s dome, Vietnamese outdoor arts and fashion performance, a country business briefing and trade promotional event for investors and businesses, and Vietnamese Film Week. 

As the first World Expo held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes over 190 participating countries along with major international organizations. Despite being delayed by the COVID-19 outbreak, the host country decided to keep its original name and continue to devote resources to this event with the ambition that EXPO 2020 Dubai will welcome 25 million visitors and become a major milestone marking the recovery of the region and the world after the pandemic.