Expo 2020 Dubai sees Sri Lanka showcase its heritage and attractions on National Day


Sri Lanka National Day celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai
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Dubai: With a bright yellow sapphire covering its facade, the Sri Lanka Pavilion showcased its natural resources, tourist attractions, investment and business opportunities, as well as its timeless ruins, railway network, culinary scene of World-class, unspoiled ecosystems and stunning spiritual monuments during its national holiday at Expo 2020 Dubai on Monday.

Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Foreign Minister Gamini Lakshman Peiris highlighted the country’s export potential and opened a series of cultural festivities, including a beautifully choreographed performance that showcased Sri Lankan history from its beginnings to the present day.

“The Pearl of the Indian Ocean”, staged during the ceremony, highlighted the heritage of Sri Lanka and also described the phases of agriculture, medicine and healing, of Mother Nature and astrology by mixing traditional dance, entertainment and percussion.

‘Wonderful opportunity’

Peiris said, “Expo 2020 is a wonderful opportunity for Sri Lanka to showcase our unique offerings. We have many inherent strengths: the warmth and hospitality of our employees in the tourism sector; the beauty of the island’s landscapes and its cultural heritage; our value-added exports of Ceylon tea; world famous sapphires; and spices, from which we produce 85% of the world’s cinnamon.

Sri Lanka’s Foreign Minister was greeted at the Expo by Ahmed Al Sayegh, Minister of State; Khalid Nasser Sulaiman Al Ameri, Director of Western Asia Affairs at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; and Najeeb Al Ali, Executive Director, Office of the Commissioner General, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Al Sayegh said: “By adopting the theme ‘Opportunities beyond the waters’, which is well suited to a country with the highest density of waterfalls in the world, the Sri Lanka pavilion highlights the how this friendly nation innovatively transforms challenges into opportunities, as well as its formidable entrepreneurial capacity.

Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

Officials from the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka at the Sri Lanka pavilion at the Expo
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Interhuman relations

Peiris said, “We have 300,000 Sri Lankans living and working in the UAE. They contribute to the economy here and send valuable foreign currency back to their country of origin. Not only do the United Arab Emirates and Sri Lanka have excellent bilateral relations, but our interpersonal relations are also strong, which adds a strong dimension to our relationship.

“We are proud to say that our two countries have enjoyed a strong and friendly relationship for decades, with the UAE being Sri Lanka’s largest trading partner in the Middle East and collaboration spanning various sectors, such as the trade and investment. , environmental cooperation, as well as mutual support on the international scene.

Press conference at the Sri Lanka pavilion

Press conference at the Sri Lanka pavilion
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Meanwhile, at a press conference, Sri Lanka’s Minister of Tourism Prasanna Ranatunga described Expo 2020 as an opportunity for Sri Lanka to sell itself to the world. He also thanked the United Arab Emirates for “giving the opportunity to the world to come together under one umbrella”.

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