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Oman Pavilion


Oman Pavilion

THEME: Oman – An Evolving Journey

PAVILION: The Pavilion exterior combines elements of two of its famous historic forts. At the rear is the distinctive round tower of Oman’s old capital Nizwa. In the front, the elegant tower of Sohar, a port tower once known as the gateway to China. These structures are complimented by a stylized glass enclosure reminiscent of the prow of a Ganjah, one of the largest and most beautiful of traditional Omani sailing ships.

EXHIBIT: Combining Arabian features and modern styles, the Pavilion will exhibit old Omani towns, cities in desert and mountain and port cities. It will trace the country’s progress from past to present, capturing the nation’s intrinsic beauty, rich traditions and deep culture. The Pavilion will also offer visitors the ever-unfolding experience that binds buildings, roads, greenery and the remarkable geographic diversity that are uniquely Omani, as well as showcase initiatives that are making its cities more attractive to residents, tourists and foreign investors. The Pavilion’s interior is essentially structured as a journey through Oman, allowing visitors to experience and understand the varied geography that makes up the Sultanate – ranging from the desert interior to the grand austerity of its mountain ranges to its rich marine life through to the stunning sub-tropical diversity of the southern region of Dhofar. The culture and social heritage will be the focus of the Pavilion’s second section. Along the shipping routes of Sinbad described in the stories of “1,001 Arabian Nights,” visitors can “visit” the old port of Sohar, and then “start” from Nizwa to the capital Muscat. The terminus is the Blue City which is scheduled to be completed in 2020. Visitors will then be able to leave Oman for Shanghai on a magic carpet. The magical journey is the uniquely Omani interpretation of the city. Today, along with responsible ecological conservation and an environment conscious outlook, modern-era Oman is emerging as an elite travel destination. Throughout, Oman’s emphasis on a disciplined, sustainable development approach echoes the philosophy of Oman’s ancient civilizations, which understood how to survive in harmony with nature. Visitors enter into a typical Omani village, with a central plaza and surrounded by stone. Visitors can get henna tattoos in traditional Arabic tents. A super widescreen video presentation immerses viewers in the stark and beautiful landscapes of Oman, sharing the serenity of the desert and subtropical environments that make up this Middle Eastern country. In a small antechamber, a portrait of the current Sultan of Oman, Qaboos, watches over a scale model of a Dhow, the type of ship that sailed from Oman to China carrying cargo to and from these two lands. The second floor is a recreation of Muttrah Souk, the most famous one in Oman.

CUISINE: There is no dining area listed for the Pavilion.

SHOPPING: There is no specific shopping facility listed for the Pavilion.

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2 Responses

  1. thanks for the pavilion review , could you buy souvenirs of Oman – or was there just nothing at all to buy?

    • They did have some souvenirs available but not a great selection and mostly Pavilion-related stuff.

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