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Saudis develop special rooftop oasis

AS if the Saudi Arabia Pavilion hasn't been one of the most popular since the start of Expo, it's going all out with a new attraction from next week.

It's opening a rooftop oasis with dozens of palm trees and a traditional Bedouin tent so visitors can have a bird's eye view to the China Pavilion, the Huangpu River and pavilions on the Puxi site.

Pavilion staff are installing a railing around the rooftop garden to ensure the safety of visitors, Mohammad Allissan Al Ghandi, executive director of the pavilion, said yesterday.

Visitors will be invited to the rooftop after seeing the 15-minute panoramic movie, the current biggest attraction of the pavilion.

There they can take photos or just have a cup of coffee in the exotic tent, he said.

A dozen trees erected on the roof, resembling the country's palm trees, will provide shade. The tent is about 1.5-meter high and visitors can cluster inside sitting on mats.

The pavilion plans to cut down waiting times to 90 minutes with computers set to measure the real-time length of queues.

If the waiting time is longer, the pavilion staff will let more patrons enter the corridors to stay inside and allocate more staff to ensure every visitor is comfortable. Seniors and people on wheelchairs will be given faster access.

Umbrellas that will spray mist to cool people down will be installed soon. The popular pavilion can cater to 25,000 visitors each day.


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