DUBAI: Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi has said Pakistan was a beautiful mix of different cultures, ethnicities and civilizations, and stressed the need for projecting its positive image as a peaceful country.
In an interaction with media persons after the formal inauguration of Pakistan Pavilion here at the Dubai Expo 2020, the president said the country was innovating a future of immense opportunities for growth.
The president said Pakistan Pavilion was the true depiction of cultural coexistance and gave the ‘best flavour of Pakistan’ for the outside world. He lauded the work of artists who turned the pavilion into a mega piece of art.
Earlier, the president along with Begum Samina Alvi inaugurted the Pakistan Pavilion, themed as ‘Hidden Treasure’.
The president visited different sections of Pakistan Pavilion and appreciated the creative display of the pavilion showcasing the unexplored riches of the country.
He interacted with artists Rashid Rana and Nisar Malik, and curator Noor Jahan Bilgrami for the beautiful artistic melange of culture, history and craft.
A large number of Pakistani expatriates gathered outside the pavilion to cheer President Alvi and raised the slogans of Pakistan Zindabad.
Earlier in the day, President Dr Arif Alvi arrived in the UAE on a two‑day visit, where he met the UAE dignitaries and also inaugurated the Pakistan Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020.
The president was received by UAE’s Minister of Justice Abdullah bin Sultan bin Awad Al Nuaimi, at the Al Maktoum International Airport. Begum Samina Alvi also accompanied the president.
Commerce Minister Abdul Razak Dawood and Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood were part of the president’s entourage.
A red carpet was rolled out for President Alvi and a contingent of the UAE forces presented a static salute to him. During his stay, the president will meet leading businessmen, investors, entrepreneurs, senior representatives of information technology companies and media persons.
He is also scheduled to interact with members of the Pakistani community in the UAE. The president was chief guest at an event on Roshan Digital Account and Roshan Apna Ghar, the initiatives launched by the government to facilitate the expatriates.
The visit of President Alvi coincides with the 50 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the UAE. Pakistan and the UAE have enjoyed close fraternal relations, rooted deep in common faith, shared history and cultural affinities. The UAE is Pakistan’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and a major source of investments.