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Saudi Arabia - Expo Osaka 1970

Saudi Arabia at the Exhibition Expo Osaka 1970
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Saudi Arabia was modernising rapidly, yet the process of its modernisation was in harmony with the traditions and teachings of the great religion of Islam.

The visitor to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion had to bear in mind that Islam is not only a religion, a relationship between man and God, but also a way of life, governing and regulating all aspects of human life.

The concept of "progress in harmony" was first presented in the architectural design of the Saudi Arabian pavilion. The Islamic design was an arabesque of traditional style in an ultra-modern context.

As with the indoor exhibition area, the one-storey pavilion was divided into two sections, the general exhibition hall and the religious hall.

The General Exhibition Hall reflected the spirit of progress in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a progress that had taken place in a short period of time under the enlightened leadership of His Majesty, King Faisal.

The surroundings of the symbol area, in the general exhibition hall, showed the progress made in the fields of social and physical infrastructure.

The symbol area was entitled "Towards a better use of natural resources". In this section, the Kingdom's great efforts to make full use of its natural resources, the oil industry, petrochemical industry, mining and agricultural industries, were presented in a very attractive and colourful way.

The corridor leading to the religion room and the religion room familiarised the non-Muslim visitor with the religion of Islam. The universality of Islam, the religion of more than 600 million people worldwide, was presented through the display of one of the main pillars of Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca.