These structures are complemented by a stylised glass enclosure reminiscent of the prow of a Ganjah, one of the largest and most beautiful of traditional Omani sailing ships. The pavilion exterior combines elements of two of its famous historic forts. At the rear is the distinctive round tower of Oman's old capital, Nizwa. In front, the elegant tower of Sohar, a port city once known as "The Gateway to China," now once again welcomes visitors from Shanghai.
Combining Arabian features and modern styles, the pavilion will exhibit old Omani towns, cities in desert and mountain, and port cities. It will trace the country's progress from past to present, capturing the nation's intrinsic beauty, rich traditions, deep culture. The pavilion will also offer the visitors ever-unfolding experiences that binds buildings, roads, greenery and the remarkable geographical diversity that are uniquely Omani, as well as showcase initiatives that are making its cities more attractive to residents, tourists and foreign investors.
Highlight 1: Varied Geography
The pavilion's interior is essentially structured as a journey through Oman, allowing visitors to experience and understand the varied geography that makes up the Sultanate - ranging from its desert interior to the grand austerity of its mountain ranges, to its rich marine life through to the stunning sub-tropical diversity of the southern region of Dhofar.
Highlight 2: The Adventures of Sinbad
The culture and social heritage will be the focus of the pavilion's second section. Along the shipping routes of Sinbad described in the stories of "1001 Arabian Nights," visitors can "visit" the old port city Sohar, and then "start" from Nizwa, to the capital Muscat. The terminal is the Blue City which will be completed by 2020 and visitors will be able to leave Oman for Shanghai on a magic carpet. The magic journey is Omani's unique interpretation of the city.
Highlight 3: Environment and Sustainability
Today, along with responsible ecological conservation and an environment conscious outlook, modern-day Oman is emerging as an elite travel destination. Throughout, Oman's emphasis on a disciplined, sustainable development approach echoes the philosophy of Oman's ancient civilisations, which understood how to survive in harmony with nature.
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