Visitors at the Syria Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be able to see a replica of Ugaritic alphabet, widely believed to be the first alphabet in history, dating back to around 1,400 BC.
The pavilion will reveal more about the development of writing and the alphabet in several areas across Syria, in addition to the alphabet’s impact and the influence of the Arabic language on many other languages around the world.
The pavilion will showcase a rich civilisation that contributed towards laying the foundations that connect the world as we know it. Syria was historically home to the very first crop yield, alphabet, poem and musical notation, making Syrian culture an embodiment of Expo 2020’s theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
Visitors will learn more about words of Arabic origin that are now present in their other languages around the world. There will also be an audiovisual interactive experience. This experience aims to speak to visitors in the universal language of music.
Other attractions at the pavilion include a group exhibition for Syrian artists entitled ‘I Am Syrian’. It will showcase artworks that each represent a portrait of a Syrian face.