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Saudi Arabia's Expo Pavilion set to reopen

TICKET price will be at least 20 yuan (US$3) for the Saudi Arabia Pavilion, one of the most popular attractions at the World Expo 2010 in Shanghai that is due to reopen - for a year at least - in the near future, officials said yesterday.

Saudi Arabia yesterday signed an agreement with Shanghai to present the pavilion to the city. The city government has decided to retain the facilities and reopen the pavilion to the public.

"We hope those who could not visit the pavilion at the Expo will get another chance," said Hong Hao, director general of the Bureau of Shanghai World Expo Coordination.

"We agreed (with the Shanghai government) to reopen the pavilion for at least a year, but I hope the exhibitions can stay longer so that everybody can come and see," said Abdulrahman al-Shaikh, the Saudi commissioner general to the Expo.

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.

The Expo Development Group, a new company established for the future development of the Expo site, would take charge of the 6,000-square-meter pavilion.

The pavilion will operate like a company so the ticket price will be higher than that of the China Pavilion (20 yuan) which has government funding, Ding Hao, president of the group, said yesterday.


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