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Dubai: Expo 2020 Dubai is literally “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future” by providing promising opportunities to foster global partnerships and develop fruitful collaboration among nations, said Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Sheikh Abdullah made the remarks while visiting the site of Expo 2020 Dubai on Friday. He toured several pavilions during his visit.

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Sheikh Abdullah kicked off his tour with a visit to the United Kingdom Pavilion at the Opportunity District. The pavilion’s theme is “Innovating for a shared future”. A project of the late scientist Stephen Hawking inspired its design.

Sheikh Abdullah also stopped at the Ukraine Pavilion at the Opportunity District, themed “Smart Ukraine: connecting dots”. He viewed the pavilion’s three zones, depicting Smart life, Smart thinking and Smart feeling.

He also viewed the inventions on display at the pavilion, including an e-bike that can travel 380km on a single charge and solar blinds that generate energy.

Sheikh Abdullah’s tour of Expo 2020 Dubai also took him to the France Pavilion in the Mobility District. The pavilion, themed “France, Lightspeed Inspiration”, showcases light as a source of inspiration, knowledge and creativity.

Interactive

During his visit here, Sheikh Abdullah was apprised about the “Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience”, which creates immersive, interactive reconstructions for the work undertaken to safeguard the structure after the 2019 fire, before the start of reconstruction.

Sheikh Abdullah’s next stop was the Thailand Pavilion at the Mobility District. He was briefed about the pavilion’s design, inspired by the traditional floral garlands used in Thailand to welcome houseguests, the structure’s design symbolises hospitality, luck and respect.

The pavilion uses the promise of business opportunities and a convenient lifestyle, in line with its “Mobility for the Future” theme.

He also stopped at the Belgium Pavilion, built on a 500 square metre area. He was introduced to the pavilion’s contents, offering a glimpse into the future of Belgian mobility technologies and innovations.

Meeting with President of Guyana

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Meanwhile, Sheikh Abdullah and President Mohammad Irfan Ali of Cooperative Republic of Guyana, also witnessed the signing of an MoU on advancing technical cooperation between the two countries.

The MoU was signed at the Expo 2020 Dubai by Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation, and Senior Finance Minister Dr. Ashni K. Singh of Guyana.

The UAE top diplomat welcomed the South American president and his accompanying delegation, and stressed the UAE’s keenness to strengthen cooperation and bilateral relations across various fields.

During the meeting, Sheikh Adbullah conveyed the greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan; His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, and their best wishes for progress and prosperity to the Republic of Guyana. For his part, the President of Guyana, reciprocated the greeting and wished the UAE further progress and prosperity.