Dubai, UAE – Within the aftermath of the Beirut blast final yr, Lebanon witnessed main political instability at residence and a diplomatic rift with Gulf nations, as its economic system went into free fall with spiralling poverty and growing discontent.
In line with a current Al Jazeera report, three-quarters of Lebanon’s inhabitants is now residing in poverty, the Lebanese pound has misplaced about 90 % of its worth in opposition to the US greenback. A lot of public life has been paralysed due to energy cuts, staggering meals and gas inflation, and drugs shortages.
Whereas these issues exist at residence, the temper contained in the Lebanon pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 is one in every of hope, optimism and of clinging on to alternatives.
“Lebanon has gone by means of a lot lately – from the blast to the economic system, the revolution after which COVID. The presence of this pavilion is in itself actually an achievement and measure of success,” pavilion employees Antoine Char instructed Al Jazeera.
“We determined to have this slogan ‘Collectively we stroll’ right here on the pavilion as a result of no matter has occurred and no matter will occur in Lebanon, we’re nonetheless standing. The diaspora helps us. We’re chargeable for our future and altering every part as a result of we now have to indicate the world that the previous is previous and now we’re going in the direction of a change.”
As guests enter the pavilion, they’re greeted by large projector screens and loud music, depicting life within the “Switzerland of the Orient”, Char added.
A handicrafts and artefacts show is adopted by extra screens, the place guests can sit on swings and “embrace the entire expertise” of being in the course of Lebanon.
“Our intention is to indicate how Lebanon is rising once more and attempting to enhance its economic system,” Ludmilla Medawar, founding father of lebanesesignature.com, instructed Al Jazeera.
“We shaped the platform throughout COVID lockdown and now, as you’ll be able to see from the merchandise we now have right here on the Expo 2020, how individuals there moved ahead and began creating their very own Lebanese signature merchandise.”