Manama, Sept. 8 (BNA): Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (BACA) has moved into full swing with its preparations to take part in the Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest global event in the Middle East, with its national pavilion.
Pavilion volunteers are expected to play a critical role in mapping out Bahrain's success story while conveying the Kingdom’s message to the world.
To ensure the best performances and contributions, BACA launched a training programme in early September for the volunteers who had made it through the last selection thanks to their exceptional linguistic, administrative and creative skills.
The training programme is held in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sports Affairs, Mohammed Bin Mubarak Academy for Diplomatic Studies and the Economic Development Board.
More than 400 people had applied for the volunteer programme organised in cooperation with Tamkeen.
During the training programme, which continues until September 14, the volunteers will attend several sessions aimed at enhancing their skills in the media, culture, diplomacy, and administration.
Topics in the training include diplomatic culture, effective communication, team building skills, decision-making and problem solving techniques.
The training also features topic-dense sessions regarding the history and culture of Bahrain, the details of the Kingdom’s pavilion and its general theme as well as the programme of events and activities planned for six months starting from October.
The completed construction of Bahrain's pavilion, bearing the slogan “Density Weaves Opportunities” and centred on the concept of density and emulates the natural and urban structural features of Bahrain has been recently announced by BACA.
The pavilion is an open and slightly submerged space accessed by a ramp that forms the bridge from the exterior to the interior. The structure of this central space is conceived as a 24m high rectangular building with a central and open exhibition area of 30 metres by 30 metres held by 126 steel columns only 11cm in thickness.
In addition to functioning as a support mechanism to one another and the ceiling, the columns elegantly reference the principles of communication and density in exploring three-dimensional possibilities inspired by the traditional geometric plaster ornamentations of traditional Bahraini architecture.
This central space includes the main exhibition space, gift shop and café, all of which have been arranged in a free-flowing manner between the columns as a physical spatial representation of the pavilion’s density-centred theme.
Expo 2020 Dubai – “Connecting Minds Creating the Future”, will run from October 1 to March 31 as the first and largest event of its kind in the Middle East, Africa and South Asian Region.
Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract millions of visitors over the next six months, 70 % of whom will be international visitors travelling to the United Arab Emirates, giving Bahrain a unique opportunity at a wider space to enhance its presence within an open commercial and economic environment.