On the morning of March 8, Vice Mayor Fang Guoqiang met with the six-member delegation headed by Dr. Abdulrahman al-Shaikh, deputy minister of the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Saudi commissioner general to the 2010 Shanghai World Expo. The two sides discussed the matters regarding the project of rebuilding Saudi Arabia's Expo Pavilion in Changzhou.
As discussed in the previous communication, Yuexing Group will be authorized by Changzhou Municipal People’s Government to undertake the construction and operation of Saudi Arabia Pavilion, the “Moon Boat”, and relocate it in Jiangnan Global Harbor, Xinbei district, Changzhou as a permanent building. After completion of construction, it will become a symbol of China-Saudi Arabia friendship and an exhibition building of Saudi Arabia's natural scenery, history and culture. This project will serve as an important carrier of Changzhou’s implementation of the “Belt and Road” Initiative, and will further promote the development of cultural and tourism industry.
At the meeting, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the reconstruction of the Saudi Arabia Pavilion.
During the 184-day Expo, some people had to wait for up to nine hours to enter the pavilion that featured a 15-minute film about the Middle Eastern country on a 360-degree, 1,600-square-meter screen, said to be the world's largest. "Moon Boat" is used to name the exhibition hall to do justice to its design concept. It opened its doors again in September 2011. On October 8 last year, the original site was officially closed for other plans. The reconstruction this time will respect the design concept and architectural form of the Saudi Arabia Pavilion and the culture of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. With reference to the original display content, there will be some functional design optimization in order to provide visitors with a better experience.