NSHis setting It’s dramatic. Visitors heading from the harsh midday sun into a dimly lit room encounter the slogan. “We believe that all human beings are part of the collective consciousness,” reads the message on the wall of the Syrian Pavilion at the Dubai Expo. It is not explained why the Syrian government spent years dropping bombs on many of these humans.
The $ 7 billion trade fair is the first “World’s Fair” in the Middle East. Like many others in the United Arab Emirates (United Arab Emirates), The exposition, which wants to attract visitors to revive the economy, strives to comment on politics. Exhibitors can present their Pangrosian vision to investors and tourists.
Many pavilions, intentionally or unintentionally, capture something about the character of the country. The United States places guests on moving walkways for serious civic education. China greets them with a video from Xi Jinping. British visitors spend most of their time in orderly lines.
Many things need to be understood for the countries of the region. The Lebanese pavilion feels like a tourist ad, with a large monitor displaying fascinating shots of the country. Lebanon itself, which had a 24-hour power outage earlier this month, would not be able to do such an exhibition. Nothing has been exhibited in some countries yet. Libya is almost empty, the walls smell of fresh paint, and the TV is playing cartoons. Iraq also missed the opening.
Egypt is a popular stop. There are some nods in the past. A replica of the hieroglyphs and King Tutankhamun’s casket. However, many are left to portray Egypt as an economic power, whose image is at odds with its sluggish private sector. On a giant video screen, a woman dressed in Pharaoh talks about an industrial area being built along the Suez Canal. If Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi is Egypt’s new pharaoh, the fish farm near Suez is clearly his Karnak temple.
No one admits politics, even in occupied Palestine, which allows visitors to touch parts of the rock dome of Jerusalem and smell soap made of Nables. Instead, many countries want to do business. In Iran’s unfinished pavilion, one door leads to a construction site, passing space to a kind of bazaar with companies selling ceramic tiles and carpets.
Returning to the Syrian food stalls, there is a booth for companies selling cables and olive oil, and a booth for Cham Holding, a conglomerate under US and European sanctions. Another space is lined with 1,500 wooden panels posted with instructions to Syrians around the world to elicit their hopes. Some are painted with the flag of the administration or the face of Bashar al-Assad. Organizers claim to have tried to reach a representative sample of the diaspora that is currently widespread. Still, no one seems to want a less brutal government or accountability for the war that killed hundreds of thousands of fellow civilians. A nearby neon sign declares that “what you see is not everything.” This is the proper slogan for the entire exposition. ■■
This article was published in the printed Middle East and Africa section under the heading “Popular Pavilion”.
At the Dubai Expo, no one wants to talk about reality
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