Saudi Arabia Reveals Expo 2025 Osaka Pavilion Design and Logo

Saudi Arabia's participation at Expo 2025 Osaka builds on the long-lasting relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia's participation at Expo 2025 Osaka builds on the long-lasting relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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Saudi Arabia Reveals Expo 2025 Osaka Pavilion Design and Logo

Saudi Arabia's participation at Expo 2025 Osaka builds on the long-lasting relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Saudi Arabia's participation at Expo 2025 Osaka builds on the long-lasting relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia. (SPA)

Saudi Arabia unveiled its pavilion design and logo for Expo 2025 Osaka, reported the Saudi Press Agency on Wednesday.

The unveiling took place at a Saudi-hosted Cultural Gala dinner at Osaka's River Dojima Forum, held under the patronage of Minister of Culture Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Farhan Al Saud.

The event, held on the sidelines of the Expo 2025 Osaka International Participants Meeting in Osaka, was attended by Mayor of Osaka Hideyuki Yokoyama and government delegates from Japan, Saudi Arabia, and officials from other Expo 2025 Osaka participant countries.

The Saudi Pavilion design and logo showcase the Kingdom's storied history. A journey from the culture, traditions and values that form the foundation of Saudi Arabia's identity, right through to the Kingdom's forward-looking transformation today, championing a better future for the world.

Saudi Arabia's participation at Expo 2025 Osaka builds on the long-lasting relationship between Japan and Saudi Arabia and the Cultural Gala celebrated increased investment, tourism and cultural exchange between the two countries.

Vice Minister of Culture and Chairman of the Executive Committee for Saudi Arabia at Expo 2025 Osaka Hamed bin Mohammed Fayez said: “With diplomatic relations between Saudi Arabia and Japan first officially established in 1955, and the launch of Expo 2025 Osaka marking 70 years of official relations, the two nations share deep cultural traditions. Our heritage is both rooted in hospitality, generosity, a sense of community and a deep respect for others.”

“As Saudi Arabia progresses ahead with Vision 2030, fostering economic diversification and cultural exchange, we look forward to celebrating our shared values at Expo 2025 Osaka,” he added.

The pavilion's design was curated by leading architects Foster + Partners, signifying a celebration of the Saudi and Japanese relationship through heritage and architecture. The sustainable design pays tribute to Saudi Arabia's natural environment, blending the shapes of the desert with modern architectural elements, symbolizing a connection between historical legacy and future advancements.

With a strong emphasis on environmental responsibility, the design incorporates features to lower carbon emissions, uses energy-efficient lighting, implements rainwater harvesting, and is equipped with solar panels to produce clean energy.

The identity of Saudi Arabia at Expo 2025 Osaka was revealed through an innovative logo that seamlessly blends the word "Saudi" in the aesthetic of Japanese script within the Kingdom's map, depicted through Arabic calligraphy in a style reminiscent of Japanese penmanship. The unveiling of the logo complemented the architectural design of the pavilion.

CEO of the Architectural Arts and Design Commission Dr. Sumayyah Al-Sulaiman said: "The Saudi Arabia pavilion represents the harmony between Saudi and Japanese cultures, narrating a story of human spirit and innovation. This architectural feat showcases a commitment to authenticity, continuity, human-centric design, livability, and technological advancement while highlighting a firm dedication to sustainable practices."

Commissioner General for Saudi Arabia - Expo 2025 Osaka Othman Almazyad said: "Saudi Arabia's partnership with Japan paints a picture of an ambitious horizon. Building on our like-minded visions, the Kingdom's Pavilion at Expo 2025 Osaka reveals a nation undergoing an ambitious transformation - celebrating its rich traditions while embracing modern transformations. Today is an opportunity to demonstrate how the pavilion design embraces our shared journey, rooted in deep cultural heritage aimed at a progressive, inclusive future."

For nearly a century, Saudi Arabia and Japan have maintained a strategic partnership with both nations charting a path of mutual prosperity and the Gala dinner in Osaka recognized ever-growing economic ties.

Building on the transformative program of the Kingdom's Vision 2030 program, the joint Saudi-Japan Vision 2030 initiative, first signed in 2016, formalized multiple areas of economic convergence, with a rise in investments between the two nations since the agreement was signed, and multiple sectoral areas identified as priorities to build bilateral ties. The strategy bolsters both nations' strengths, underscoring a commitment to fostering innovation and heralding a new era of partnership.



2 Million Pilgrims Begin Hajj on Friday with Comprehensive Services at Their Disposal

The pilgrims will spend the day at Mina ahead of heading to Arafat on Saturday. (SPA)
The pilgrims will spend the day at Mina ahead of heading to Arafat on Saturday. (SPA)
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2 Million Pilgrims Begin Hajj on Friday with Comprehensive Services at Their Disposal

The pilgrims will spend the day at Mina ahead of heading to Arafat on Saturday. (SPA)
The pilgrims will spend the day at Mina ahead of heading to Arafat on Saturday. (SPA)

Over 2 million pilgrims will begin on Friday the annual Hajj pilgrimage, starting at Mina, and amid a comprehensive package of services at their disposal aimed at ensuring that they have a safe and smooth journey.

The pilgrims will spend the day at Mina where they will perform the Duhr, Asr, Maghreb and Isha prayers ahead of heading to Arafat on Saturday in what is the most important day of the Hajj.

Mina is considered the greatest tent city of the world and one Saudi Arabia’s mega projects. It stretches 2.5 million square meters to accommodate 2.6 million pilgrims.

Muslim worshippers pray around the Kaaba, Islam's holiest shrine, at the Grand Mosque in Saudi Arabia's holy city of Makkah on June 13, 2024, ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. (AFP)

The General Directorate of Passports revealed that it has registered 1,547,295 pilgrims this year.

Director of Public Security and head of the Hajj Security Committee Mohammad Al-Bassami inspected the readiness of the Hajj security forces and supporting military forces. He underscored their readiness in implementing security and organizational plans aimed at ensuring the safety of the pilgrims.

He stressed that the security forces will firmly confront anything that may undermine the safety of the pilgrims during their holy journey.

Pilgrims leave after offering prayers outside at the Grand Mosque during the annual Hajj pilgrimage in the holy city of Makkah, Saudi Arabia, early Friday, June 14, 2024. (AP)

The Saudi Royal Air Force will also be monitoring the Hajj to provide security and prevent any development that may impact the pilgrimage and worshippers.

Concerned parties at the Interior Ministry will follow up on the security plans and crowd control. They will monitor entrances to the holy city of Makkah to prevent anyone violating Hajj regulations from entering.

Meanwhile, the first of the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro trips kicked off on Thursday. It will transport pilgrims between nine stations spread between Mina, Arafat and Muzdalifah. Seventeen trains will be operated by 7,500 employees.

The first of the Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddassah Metro trips kicked off on Thursday. (SPA)

The Saudi Authority for Data and Artificial Intelligence has provided the pilgrims with several digital services through the Tawakkalna app that is available in seven languages: Arabic, English, Filipino, Indonesian, Bengali, Urdu and Hindi. The app provides message, weather and Qibla services, a Quran, and prayer times. It also boasts features from the Nusuk Hajj digital card and other services.

The Public Health Authority will provide a number of services to the pilgrims. It has placed plans to combat infectious diseases, updated protocols and guidelines related to public health risks, and is constantly assessing risks.

The Ministry of Health is continuing its awareness campaign towards pilgrims throughout the holy sites. It is informing them of preventive measures that will help them protect their health and safety during the Hajj. This includes information on how to protect themselves from heat exhaustion due to the soaring heat. Pilgrims are advised to carry umbrellas and drink water.

The health ministry is also providing instant digital medical consultations around the clock. Pilgrims can contact consultants through a dedicated hotline with services provided in six languages: Arabic, English, French, Turkish, Persian and Urdu. They can also be contacted through the X platform or the Sehhaty app.