By ISABEL DEBRE
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Afghanistan’s pavilion has finally arrived at the first world’s fair in the Middle East, a week after Dubai’s Expo opened without it. After the Taliban’s lightning takeover of Afghanistan, the country’s presence at the fair was uncertain. The previous government had organized a pavilion, and the new Taliban rulers are preoccupied with an economic meltdown. An independent Afghan antiques dealer based in Vienna has stepped in, shipping family heirlooms and other artistic artifacts to Dubai’s Expo 2020. He said he hopes that the temporary six-month exhibit that arrived earlier this week can transcend the current political turbulence and provide a sense of Afghanistan’s rich history and culture.