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Ambassador to Korea underscores UAE Pavilion's Silver Medal win

posted on 14/08/2012: 2713 views

The Ambassador of the UAE to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Al-Rumaithi has underscored the significance of awarding the Silver Medal to the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea by the Bureau of International Expositions (B.I.E) for creative display.

In a statement to WAM, the ambassador said in the past three months at the exposition, the UAE made unique presence through and astonished hundreds of thousands of Koreans and visitors from across the world by its achievements displayed at its pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu Korea.

"Making it to the top-rated A Class, alongside ten other major nations, Australia, USA, Japan, Russia, Germany, Turkey, Italy, Spain and Denmark, affirms the UAE's determination to make more achievements which would place it among the world's advanced nations." With over 100 participating countries, categorised into A, B, and C classes, depending on their level of participation, the UAE was assessed in the top-rated A Class.

Thanks to the prudent leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the keen interest of Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and the directives from His Highness Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, the UAE has been able to achieve this prestigious international position," he stressed.

The ambassador also hailed the efforts of H.H. Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Foreign Minister and Chairman of the National Media Council (NMC) to make the UAE Pavilion as one of the best during EXPO 2012 Yeosu.

Al Rumaithi also hailed the efforts made by NMC which is responsible for running the UAE Pavilion at B.I.E.'s Expo events and the dedication of its employees to present the UAE's brilliant image to the Koreans.

The efforts of the UAE's artists and members of the media who provided great support to the management of the pavilion to reflect the UAE's achievements in the past 40 years were also praised by the ambassador.

The UAE Pavilion imaginative films, all of which were strongly focused on Expo Yeosu's theme of Living Ocean and Coast, were selected by the judges for their high quality and strong impact on audiences. The main film showing in the pavilion, The Turtle, has drawn considerable praise from critics and visitors alike. The international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards made special mention of the film in their comments at the award ceremony, prior to the closing of the three-month exhibition.

The most recent recognition for the UAE Pavilion by the international judging panel of the B.I.E. Medal Awards represents a real support to the UAE's bid to host EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

On directives by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the UAE Pavilion at EXPO 2012 Yeosu succeeded in promoting the UAE's bid to host the 2020 event.

The promotion campaign run by the UAE Pavilion attracted the attention of officials from Korea and most of the 160 member countries of B.I.E., the ambassador noted.

He expressed hopes that these countries would vote for the bid for EXPO 2020 in the UAE which is among the world's most stable and most advanced nations with wide open doors for different cultures as a prominent global economic hub and a favourite destination for tourists from around the world. – Emirates News Agency, WAM


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