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Full text of "1964-65 New York World's Fair Groundbreaking and Dedication Booklets"

PAVILION OF THE SEPTEMBER 19, 1963 

UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC 

FOUNDATION LAYING CEREMONY AT THE NEW YORK WORLD'S FAIR 1964-1965 





The UAR Pavilion will consist of two structures, primarily 
constructed of concrete, with panels of colored cut glass — a 
typical architectural feature of the ancient mosques of Egypt. 
The exhibits will include a museum in which will be displayed 
great treasures from the Valley of the Kings. Architects are 
Mr. Ismail Nazif, general director of the General Organization 
for International Exhibitions and Fairs. Cairo, and 
Mr. Thomas V. DiCarlo, New York. 





Excerpts from cranscription of remarks made by 
officials of the United Arab Republic and the 
World's Fair at foundation laying ceremonies 
for the Pavilion of the United Arab Republic at 
the New York World's Fair. Thursday, Septem- 
ber 19. 1963. 



AMBASSADOR RICHARD C. PATTERSON, JR. 
[Chief of Protocol]: Your Excellencies, Mr. Consul Gen- 
eral, Governor and Mrs. Poletti, ladies and gentlemen. It 
is a great pleasure for me, on behalf of World's Fair 
directors and our president, Mr. Robert Moses, to welcome 
you today at the laying of the foundations for the Pavilion 
of the United Arab Republic, which promises to be one 
of the most attractive and interesting pavilions at the Fair. 

I would now like to introduce the vice president of the 
International Division of the World's Fair, former Gover- 
nor of New York State, the Honorable Charles Poletti. 

GOVERNOR CHARLES POLETTI [Vice President, 
International Affairs and Exhibits]: Ambassador Patter- 
son, Your Excellencies, Mr. Consul General, ladies and 
gentlemen. We are all very happy that we are assembled 
today for the dedication of the UAR Pavilion. I speak on 
behalf of the Fair, but I also speak principally on behalf 
of Charlie Poletti, and express my own feelings. I made 
a great effort to persuade the United Arab Republic to 
come to this Fair. I think it is very important for all of us 
to have a UAR Pavilion here. There aren't many countries 



that have made great contributions to the civilization of 
rhe world — but certainly the UAR is one. Greece is 
another, and Italy, the land of my ancestors, is another. 

These countries have made special contributions to what 
we are trying to achieve at the Fair. We are going to have 
millions of people here, principally Americans — 70 mil- 
lions, and fortunately a good number of them will be 
young people. Young people don't know as much about 
the world as they should. Neither do we for that matter 
— but we have lived a few more decades and we have 
absorbed something in the process. 

I think it is very important for the American people to 
learn more about the extraordinary conttibutions made to 
the world by the L T AR. I think of the Egyptian Museum 
in Cairo, one of the greatest museums in the world. It is 
so rich in the extraordinary achievements of this wonder- 
ful people. 

The UAR has so much to show. I don't know whether 
it will be possible, but I wish you would show the con- 
tributions of the Islamic religion. I hope in preparing 
your exhibits you will give some attention to the impor- 
tance of conveying to the American people an apprecia- 
tion of the religion which is the predominanr religion of 
your country. I am tremendously impressed with how- 
fortunate we are to have millions and hundreds of mil- 
lions of faithful Moslems. A great religion — wonderful 
people. I hope that the Pavilion of the UAR will reflect 
this glorious past and religious background. 

I trust that this pavilion will also include exhibits de- 



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piecing the contributions thac Egypt has made in perpetu- 
ating the educational heritage of the world. We ought to 
be told about the contributions of Alexandria, about the 
University of Cairo. We ought to be told about Al-Azhar 
University, the oldest university in the world, founded in 
970 AD — a great university chat has enriched not only 
the people of that part of the world, but also all the 
scholars of the entire world. 

And, finally, I hope chat the exhibits will show us che 
new Egypc — che new UAR. We are very much impressed 
by the progress made in che UAR. For example, I hope 
che pavilion will concain a display abouc che Aswan Dam. 
I hope thac che plans for the future, to build a new Suez 
Canal paralleling che present one, will be displayed in 
your pavilion. 

I hope your pavilion will be exceedingly successful. In 
che pasc chose of us on che scaff of che Fair have cried co 
be of assiscance co you and we shall concinue in that spirit. 
We want to help you and all parcicipancs. chrough our 
Public Relations Department, co spread your message 
chroughouc che Uniced Scaces and abroad during 1964 
and L965. 

So, in conclusion, speaking as an official of che New- 
York World's Fair and also speaking as Charlie Polecti 
and expressing whac I feel deeply in my hearc, I hope 
your pavilion will achieve my wish, chat it will have tre- 
mendous success, thereby improving and cementing the 
relations between the people of the UAR and the people 
of che Uniced Scaces. Thank you very much. 




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Present at the luncheon honoring His Excellency, Dr. 
Mostafa Kamel, Ambassador of UAR to the United States, 
are: fief/ to right) Mr. Lionel Harris, International 
Division, World's Fair Corporation : The Honorable 
Mohamed Kamel Ahmed, Consul General of UAR in 
Sew York City; Governor Charles Poletti, vice president. 
International Affairs and Exhibits; His Excellency. Dr. 
Mostafa Kamel, Ambassador of UAR to the United States 
(guest of honor) : Mr. Robert Moses, president of the 
New York World's Fair Corporation; Ambassador Richard 
C. Patterson. Jr.. Chief of Protocol, World's Fan- 
Corporation : His Excellency, Ambassador Mohamed H. 
El-Zayyat. Deputy Permanent Representative of UAR 

to the U.N. 



(Inspecting the com true! ion at the UAR site are: (jrom 
left to right) Mr. Aly Kamel, Director of UAR Touri 
Office in New York Cit) : Mr. Mohamed Habih. Pren 
Counselor, U AR Embassy : General Mohamed A. Khalifa. 
Director General of United Arab Airlines for North 
America: The Honorable Mohamed Kamel Ahmed . 
Consul General of UAR in New York City; His 
Excellency, Ambassador Mohamed Kamel Abdel-Rahim. 
Head of Arab States Delegation: His Excellency. Dr. 
Most a fa Kamel. Ambassador of UAR to the United States: 
Mr. Lionel Harris, International Division^ World's fair 
Corporation : His Excellency, Ambassador /Mohamed H. 
El-Zayyat. Deputy Permanent Rep UAR to 

theU.\ 




AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Thank you, Governor 
Polecci. Next I have the great honor to call upon the 
distinguished Deputy Permanent Representative of the 
United Arab Republic to the United Nations, His Excel- 
lency Mohamed El-Zayyat. 

HIS EXCELLENCY MOHAMED H. EL-ZAYYAT: 
Thank you very much, Sir. Ladies and gentlemen, I am 
speaking wholly extemporaneous!;/, but I am inspired by 
Governor Poletti. He spoke about the different founda- 
tions of civilization and he reminded me of my days in 
Washington when I frequently traversed the Memorial 
Bridge. I frequently used to scop and study the three great 
memorials there — the Washington, the Lincoln and the 
Jefferson. In contemplating them it always occurred to me 
chac they represented three styles of architecture — the 
Greek, the Roman, and the Egyptian. And I always asked 
myself if the founding fathers of this great country really 
established these great memorials and showed these three 
styles of buildings on purpose. Did they mean to convey 
to their people that America, a new and young country, 
was going to build on the foundations laid down by other 
peoples of other lands, and was going to continue to pro- 
gress toward the zenith of civilization by using the torches 
that have been lighted and carried by different peoples in 
different lands? I really didn't know. 

But Governor Poletti has just given me the answer in 
the affirmative. For when he spoke just now about the 
contributions of Greece and ancient Egypt, and his own 
old country, Rome and the Romans, I got the answer I 



sought. Governor Poletti really meant that you are going 
to go on building new strata over other strata built bv 
other peoples in different lands : that you are going to go 
on progressing, having at heart the interests of all men all 
over the world, that you are seeking to build new zones 
and have new horizons opened for mankind. 

In our long history we have discovered that whenever 
we opened our frontiers, we invited different streams of 
thought, of culture, from all surrounding lands and our 
own valley was enriched by all these new streams which 
enriched our culture and our lives. Whenever circum- 
stances made us cut ourselves off from the outside world, 
we withered. 

I am now very happy to find in this international 
World's Fair in New York, and through the great efforts 
being made by all you gentlemen around me, a real effort 
to get all the streams of the world coming into America 
to enrich your lives. We all need to reach out and see to it 
that we have roots growing all over the world. Thank you. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Thank you, Your Ex- 
cellency. I now have the high honor to introduce our guest 
of honor — a distinguished diplomat, who has many times 
been honored by his own country and also by other coun- 
tries. Ladies and gentlemen, the Ambassador of the United 
Arab Republic to the United States, His Excellency, Dr. 
Mostafa Kamel. 

HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. MOSTAFA KAMEL: Pres- 
ident Moses, Governor Poletti, distinguished guests, ladies 
and gentlemen. I am grateful to you, President Moses and 



Governor Poletti, for inviting this distinguished gathering 
on the occasion of laying the foundations for the United 
Arab Republic Pavilion at the New York World's Fair. 

You know that the United Arab Republic Government 
and our people feel that their participation at the World's 
Fair is an expression of our desire to respond to an invita- 
tion from this great friendly country', the United States 
'"x-nc.i. It is also an expression of our desire to par- 
re in the activities of international society. 

I am certain that we shall all witness, in this Fair, the 
human mind with its unlimited capacities expressing itself 
fully in the different pavilions. The objects which are 
going to be displayed are the result of that long voyage 
which this great and incomparable instrument — the 
human brain — has undertaken in different spheres and 
domains. 

It is not without significance that this first pioneer — 

the human brain — will express in the various pavilions 

vonders which it has created and achieved. These 

ions, as a result of these pioneering efforts of human 

thinking, will be in the right place in a country of pio- 

Never in the history of man, has man achieved such 

magnificent, incomparable, and unmatched pioneering in 

all fields of human activities as this great American nation 

has achieved in a few decades. 

Let us hope that this World's Fair will be instrumental 
in bringing people from all corners of this world closer 
together. Let us hope that this World's Fair will open new 
channels of cooperation among nations. Let us hope that 



this World's Fair will give a chance to the people from 
different countries to profit from what others have 
achieved. Again, let us hope that this Fair will stimulate 
the atmosphere of relaxation in international relations, 
which we all hope and work for. 

The United Arab Republic is pleased to be a part of 
this great event, as it will always be pleased to be a part 
of constructive cooperation between nations. We hope that 
our pavilion will reflect the old and the new, the past and 
the present, and how they meet in harmony and progress. 

Mr. Moses and Governor Poletti, the United Arab Re- 
public wishes all success to the New York World's Fair. 
1 am sure that this great event will always be recorded as 
one of the most memorable and unforgettable in the his- 
tory of this fabulous century. 

AMBASSADOR PATTERSON: Your Excellency, 
thank you so very much for what you said. Your remarks 
will be printed and widely distributed, and as will the 
remarks of Ambassador El-Zayyat. Mr. Moses and Gov- 
ernor Poletti. I now have the great honor to present the 
president of the New York World's Fair Corporation, the 
Honorable Robert Moses. 

MR. ROBERT MOSES: Your ExceJlencies, ladies 
and gentlemen. After working with you for some time, 
we are delighted with the progress that's been made 
on the UAR Pavilion. Overall, from the point of view 
of production and expediting here at the Fair, there has 
now been a shift from construction, in the stria sense, 
to the exhibits. First, you have to have a building in which 



to put your exhibits — and the finer the building archi- 
tecturally, the better, and the more it creates the kind of 
image you are interested in, the better. But finally you get 
down to the installation of the exhibits, and there, I'm 
frank to say, we don't know at this point just what our 
problems are going to be. We are concerned about hav- 
ing the exhibits ready on time. After all, it is the exhibits 
that people want to see. I don'c say they will not want to 
see the building. Of course they will. And I don't say that 
they are not going to be impressed with the building. I 
think they will be, notably in this particular case. But 
after all, it's what you find when you get inside the build- 
ing that counts. That is why we are now turning our 
attention to exhibits and attempting to determine the 
problems of the UAR and the other people who are ex- 
hibiting here, and to see what we can do. not by way of 
attempting to dictate what ought to be done, or even to 
advise, but co help in the problems that are coming up. 
And I have no doubt that these problems along with those 
relating to roads, expressways, lighting and landscaping, 
will be solved. 

Now, if I may, I would like to present World's Fair 
medallions to our distinguished guests, beginning with 
His Excellency, Dr. Mostafa Kamel, Ambassador of the 
UAR to the United States. I should like, also, to presenr 
medallions to His Excellency, Ambassador El-Zayyat, to 
the Honorable Kamel Ahmed, Consul General, and m 
absentia to His Excellency Mahmoud Riad, Ambassador 
of the UAR to the U.N. 



PAVILION OF THE UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC 

HIS EXCELLENCY, DR. MOSTAFA KAMEL, Ambassador of the United Arab Republic to the United States 

HIS EXCELLENCY MAHMOUD RIAD, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of (he United Arab Republic to the United Notions 

HIS EXCELLENCY MOHAMED H. EL-ZAYYAT, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of the United Arob Republic to the United Nations 

HON. MOHAMED KAMEL AHMED, Consul General of the United Arab Republic in New York 

MR. ISMAIL NAZIF, General Director, General Organization for International Exhibitions and Fairs, Cairo 

MR. THOMAS V. DiCARLO, New York architect for the Pavilion of the United Arab Republic 

FRANKWILL BUILDING CORPORATION, New York - Contractor for the Pavilion of the United Arab Republic 

NEW YORK 

WORLD'S FAIR 

1964-1965 

C O R P O R AT I O N 

Flushing, N. Y. 11380 

Tel. 212-WF 4-1964 



ROBERT MOSES, President 

THOMAS J. DEEGAN, JR., Chairman of fhe Executive Committee 

WILLIAM E. POTTER. Executive Vice President 

CHARLES POLETTI, Vice President, International Affairs and Exhibits 

STUART CONSTABLE. Vice President, Operations 

WILLIAM BERNS, Vice President, Communications and Public Relations 

ERWIN WITT, Comptroller 

MARTIN STONE, Director of Industrial Section 

GUY F. TOZZOLI, (Port of New York Authority! Transportation Section 

ERNESTINE R. HAIG, Secretory of the Corporation and Assistant to the President 

WILLIAM WHIPPLE, JR., Chief Engineer