Expo 2020 Dubai to boost international tourism, investment in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD, Sep 30 : Pakistan’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to boost international arrivals to the country, Islamabad’s envoy to the United Arab Emirates has said, as the world exhibition opens on Friday.

The first world fair to be held in the Middle East, Expo 2020 Dubai was delayed for a year by the coronavirus pandemic. It will host exhibitors from almost 200 countries.

Themed “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the exhibition is divided into three sub-theme districts: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The Pakistani pavilion is in the Opportunity area.

“We are expecting a good number of tourists from all over the world after the display of Pakistan’s development plans and tourism attractions at the Expo 2020,” Ambassador Afzaal Mahmood said in an interview with  Arab News.

“All the six regions of Pakistan have planned extensive trade, investment and tourism promotion.”

The ambassador said Pakistan’s pavilion, which cost $21.4 million to be built on 3,200 square meters, is anticipating large crowds.

“We are showcasing our long history, diverse culture and potential for trade, investment and tourism,” Mahmood said, adding that infrastructure, energy, and housing will also be in focus during the six-month long event.