Antigua & Barbuda, the twin-island nation of 365 seashores, has celebrated its Expo 2020 Dubai nationwide day.
The occasion featured a flag-raising ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza, a vibrant cultural efficiency and a topically various enterprise convention.
Henry Charles Fernandez, minister of tourism and funding of Antigua & Barbuda, accompanied by Gilbert Boustany, commissioner normal of Antigua & Barbuda at Expo 2020, have been welcomed by Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, United Arab Emirates minister of state for overseas commerce.
Proudly celebrating the nation’s Ruby Anniversary (40 years) of political independence, Fernandez stated it was an honour to be sharing the momentous event with each individual at Expo 2020, with the event made much more significant in Dubai, a nation constructed on the rules of inclusion.
Fernandez stated: “Dubai’s transformation to a extremely environment friendly metropolis, created with such magnificence and intricacy, highlights the sophistication of the visionary management of Dubai, and by extension, the United Arab Emirates.
“To have the capability to host such a worldwide occasion on the perimeter of one of many worst pandemics in fashionable historical past is verification of the resilience and progressive management the UAE is lucky to have.
“Expo 2020 Dubai alerts a worldwide name for partnerships and assist.
“This unparalleled Expo has given small island growing states – [such as] Antigua & Barbuda – the chance for enterprise and commerce on a worldwide scale.
“This Expo will allow for extensive partnerships to be forged and for the renewal of diplomatic friendships as we navigate our way out of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Antigua & Barbuda’s nationwide day celebrations included ‘Wadadli’, a 20-minute cultural presentation that explores the nation music, dance and heritage.
The efficiency highlighted the origins of Antigua and Barbuda’s Afro-European percussive metal band rhythms, the sounds of the Twentieth-century musical phenomenon, the steelpan, the melodies and poetry of the nation’s biggest calypsonians and soca artistes, in addition to their vibrant actions.