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China Radio: United Arab Emirates Pavilion wows at Expo

posted on 19/05/2010: 1913 views



Shanghai - "The sun glints off golden sand dunes not far from China's World Expo Pavilion, bringing the desert to Shanghai. Designed to look like the legendary sand dunes of the Empty Quarter, the United Arab Emirates' pavilion is proving to be winner with the crowds at World Expo 2010." This is how Mary King starts her report about the UAE pavilion at the World Expo 2010, which was broadcast by Chino Radio International (CRI).

"Audience members walk away from the UAE pavilion on a high, inspired by the hospitality, aspirations, beauty and mysteries of this pearl of a country. The UAE pavilion succeeds where many other pavilions fail Visitors are left wanting more -- wanting to see the country with their own eyes." She remarks.

Before entering the UAE pavilion, Mary interviews a German visitor who tells her:"Wait till you get inside. Of the 20 odd pavilions I have seen so far at Expo -- including China's pavilion -- this small Middle East country's pavilion is by far the most impressive. The theme 'Better City, Better Life' has been beautifully captured. The theme reflects the story of the United Arab Emirates itself." Then Mary goes on describing her visit to the pavilion, saying: "Once inside the pavilion, I felt as if I had been whisked off on a magic carpet in an Arabian Nights' tale. I was taken on an odyssey through the past, present, and future of the country. The United Arab Emirates has chosen "The Power of Dreams" as the central thread of its participation at Expo, weaving the history of the United Arab Emirates' with the theme of the expo.

"The journey is truly breathtaking. Through the medium of film and audio, the audience learns how this nation rose from the sand dunes of the desert into what is one of the most modern and richest countries in the world today." The report tracks the different stages of the UAE history during the 19th and early 20th centuries until the 1960's when oil started being drilled in the region.

"Today, the UAE has the world's seventh largest oil reserve and possesses one of the most developed economies in the Middle East and, indeed, the world. The country is truly a miracle that has risen from the sands of the desert, and at Shanghai's World Expo, this nation which represents a federation of seven emirates, is sharing its pearls of wisdom with the world," it says.

"On entering the pavilion," Mary King remarks, "visitors are ushered into a cinema where they see "In the Blink of An Eye," a beautifully executed film. In the film, we meet an Arab man, dressed in a traditional white gown and headdress. He is sitting with his son around a campfire in the desert's cool night air. The man enchants the young boy with stories of their country's past, as well as of their country's dreams for the future. We see the prosperous UAE cities that stand today, but it the vision of the future of that truly inspires.

"Today's modern cities in the UAE were financed by oil wealth, but the UAE no longer sees its future in black gold. It is estimated that within the next 85 years, the country's oil reserves will be exhausted. Learning from the harsh lessons of the past, the UAE is wasting no time in steering its energies towards new directions. The UAE now envisions creating eco-friendly cities, places that remove the need for fossil fuel-powered vehicles, instead using the world's most advanced transportation system. Masdar City will be the first city of this type.

Expected to be finished in 2019, Masdar will fuse traditional Middle Eastern architecture with the latest "green buildings" and utilise renewable energy and sustainable technology. The city aims to be the world's largest test bed for new technologies by setting sustainability targets not attempted elsewhere. Masdar will be home to people from all corners of the world, a centre for academics and researchers as well as clean-tech companies." Then She moves to speak about the Creative Energy section where visitors "meet the people who make the UAE's evolving cities tick. There are no stereotypes here -- UAE society is made up people from both the East and the West. In fact, the native people of the UAE are a minority in their own land, but they are a people who respect cultural diversity while maintaining their own traditions and cultural identity in the midst of modernity." "The third and final section in the pavilion is a film called "Dream Journey." In this film, we meet Rashid again. This time he is presented in both virtual reality and as an animated character and is joined by his young Chinese friend, Gerry. Together, they show us the natural, cultural and architectural splendours of the UAE. With them, we fly over this amazing country, catching bird's-eye views of people sailing traditional dhows, enjoying water sports, beaches and other highlights. We walk with the young girl and boy through mosques, hotels and traditional markets, and cannot help but feel excited, charmed and hypnotised by what the UAE has to offer." The CRI's report concludes.

It is worth mentioning that the China Radio International (CRI) is one of the "three central media organisations in China" along with China National Radio (CNR) and China Central Television (CCTV). It was founded on December 3, 1941 and is owned and operated by the state. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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