Dubai, UAE – Within the aftermath of the Beirut blast final 12 months, Lebanon witnessed main political instability at house and a diplomatic rift with Gulf international locations, as its financial system went into free fall with spiralling poverty and rising discontent.
In keeping with a recent Al Jazeera report, three-quarters of Lebanon’s inhabitants is now dwelling in poverty, the Lebanese pound has misplaced about 90 % of its worth towards 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 house, the temper contained in the Lebanon pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 is one among hope, optimism and of clinging on to alternatives.
“Lebanon has gone by means of a lot not too long ago – from the blast to the financial 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 informed 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 accountable for our future and altering every part as a result of now we have to indicate the world that the previous is previous and now we’re going in 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 midst of Lebanon.
“Our purpose is to indicate how Lebanon is rising once more and making an attempt to enhance its financial system,” Ludmilla Medawar, founding father of lebanesesignature.com, informed Al Jazeera.
“We fashioned the platform throughout COVID lockdown and now, as you’ll be able to see from the merchandise now we have right here on the Expo 2020, how individuals there moved ahead and began creating their very own Lebanese signature merchandise.”