Sri Lanka all set for strong and vibrant presence at Expo 2020 in Dubai
Sri Lanka is all set for the Expo 2020 Dubai, which is one of the largest and prestigious global events of its kind. The expo was to initially take place last year, but was later rescheduled to be held for a period of six months starting 1 October until 31 March 2022 due to the global Covid 19 pandemic.
The Expo is expected to be an event where the world comes together to create a better tomorrow.
According to media reports, the event will be held under three large thematic districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Sri Lanka will be placed at a specially designed and dedicated pavilion in the ‘Opportunity District’ of the Expo Village in a 300 square metre space.
The pavilion with its water-based theme was designed by a team from the University of Moratuwa and has been recognised as one of the best designs at Expo 2020 Dubai resulting in the Sri Lankan pavilion being constructed on a complimentary basis by the Expo organisers.
The Daily FT has reported that Sri Lanka Tourism has built a collision in presenting Sri Lanka strong and vibrant at Expo 2020 Dubai in partnership with the Sri Lanka Embassy in UAE and the Consulate in Dubai, Gem and Jewellery Authority, Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Laksala, Board of Investment, Port City, SriLankan Airlines, and the National Chamber of Exporters.
Key highlights from the Sri Lanka Pavilion will include a gem auction, a fashion show featuring traditional batik designs, a wedding show positioning Sri Lanka as a wedding and honeymoon destination, a cultural dance show, drum festival showcasing Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage though dance and music and a Children’s Story Telling session featuring Sybil Wettasinghe’s ‘Sun, Rain and Fox Wedding’ portraying Sri Lanka’s rich literature and culture, the news report has added.
Sri Lanka is in the process of further strengthening its bilateral and trade ties as well as promoting the island as an investment destination in the South Asian region. The island’s geographical positioning in the Indian ocean and the many trade agreements as well as trade concessions enjoyed by the country have made Sri Lanka an attractive business/investment destination in the region. It is this reason that Sri Lanka figures prominently in China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Expo 2020 in Dubai will further portray the expanding economy and in turn opportunities in Sri Lanka.
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