China bets on hi-tech, historical past to draw Dubai Expo crowd

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DUBAI, Oct 4 (Reuters) – As international locations vie for consideration at Expo 2020 Dubai, China has gone all out, hoping to take centre stage by showcasing greater than 5,000 years of civilisation topped by current technological advances.

A robotic panda shakes fingers with guests to its pavilion, named “Light of China”, one of many greatest on the expo which opened final week.

Shaped like a conventional Chinese pink lantern, the three-storey pavilion goals to attract tens of millions of tourists who’re anticipated on the first world truthful to be held within the Middle East.

Built on a web site protecting round 4,600 sq. metres, ‘Light of China’ presents a glimpse into the long run: house exploration, robotics and good cities, and is a supply of delight for some early Chinese guests.

“You can see that now we are experiencing rapid scientific development,” stated Shao Xiong, a Chinese nationwide who was visiting the pavilion.

Dubai, the Middle East’s tourism, commerce and enterprise hub, is hoping to spice up its economic system by attracting 25 million visits to the world truthful, which was delayed for a 12 months by the pandemic.

Expo 2020 Dubai opened final Thursday with a lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging in regards to the energy of worldwide collaboration for a extra sustainable future.

China, whose pavilion is only a few blocks away and across the nook from that of the United States, is eager to focus on its credentials.

“The theme of China’s pavilion is building a community with a shared future for mankind, innovation and opportunity,” stated Fang Ke, the deputy director of the Chinese pavilion.

Reporting by Jacob Greaves, Abdel Hadi Ramahi and Imad Creidi, writing by Aziz El Yaakoubi, modifying by Susan Fenton

A panda robot waves while being pictured at the Chinese Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Greaves

A panda robot stands while being pictured at the Chinese Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Greaves


A panda robot is pictured at the Chinese Pavilion at the Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, October 4, 2021. REUTERS/Jacob Greaves