The inauguration ceremony for the Israel Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai took place in the presence of 300 invited Israeli guests and UAE guests led by H.E Dr. Ahmad Belhoul, Minister of State for Entrepreneurship and Small and Medium Enterprises.
The inauguration ceremony was held in the presence of Israel Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov and with the participation of Ministry of Tourism Director-General Amir Halevi, MFA Deputy Director General for Media and Public Affairs Noam Katz, the Commissioner-General of Israel’s Expo 2020 Pavilion Elazar Cohen, Rabbi Eli Abadi and the Israeli Consul in Dubai Ilan Sztulman. Rabbi Duchman affixed the mezuza during the opening ceremony.
This is the first time that the State of Israel has a national pavilion in an event of such magnitude in an Arab country. The invitation for Israel to participate in the event was already extended in 2018, even before the decision was taken to establish official relations. It is estimated that around 15 million people will visit the Israeli pavilion during the course of the event.
The Israeli pavilion, under the banner Connecting Thoughts – Creating the Future and the headline To Tomorrow in a Hebrew and Arabic logo, features a design (by AVS Creative) inspired by the desert dunes common to both Israel and the Gulf States. The pavilion, which has no sides or barriers, signifies openness and welcoming guests. All these reflect the idea of the power of tomorrow to connect us and that creating a better future for humanity is within reach if we combine forces. The secondary theme, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, allows Israel to showcase its capabilities in a variety of different areas such as agriculture, cyber security, medical equipment, water technologies and more.
“Peace allows us to forge a new reality in the Middle East that will bring prosperity, security and stability to all,” said Israel Minister of Tourism Yoel Razvozov. “We believe that in order to reach a better tomorrow, one should choose practical and positive actions today. So, I’m delighted to invite each and every one of you and each and every visitor, participant and host at this EXPO to come and visit our country.”