Grenada National Day speeds up Expo 2020

Cheikh Nahyan welcomes Dame Cecile La Grenade and Oliver Joseph.

Grenada celebrated its Expo 2020 National Day in Dubai in colorful fashion as the Spice Island offered the flavor of the Caribbean at Al Wasl Plaza.

A team of dancers, musicians and two voice artists led exotic cultural performances, including reggae, soul and soca voice artist, Thamara St Bernard Neckles.

Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister for Tolerance and Coexistence of the United Arab Emirates and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed Dame Cecile La Grenade, Governor General of Grenada, and Oliver Joseph, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Grenada.

Sheikh Nahyan said, “Under a theme focused on the movement of people, culture, goods and services, the student-designed pavilion of Grenada shines a light on a business-friendly nation with many opportunities. Visitors will discover why it is a sought-after tourist destination, a country rich in history and culture passed down from generation to generation.

“We hope that through Grenada’s presence at Expo 2020 Dubai, we can build on the existing partnerships between our two countries and explore the potential for further collaboration in various areas of mutual interest.” .

Oliver Joseph said: “Grenada’s rich history, culture and heritage is as diverse and integral as our landscape. The natural beauty of our islands is great. Investment opportunities arise across a wide range of sectors, particularly in tourism and hospitality, health and wellness services, education services, and business and energy development.

“I take this opportunity to express my profound gratitude to the United Arab Emirates for the extraordinary efforts made to make Grenada’s participation in this Expo 2020 Dubai a reality. Furthermore, allow me to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to the government and people of the United Arab Emirates for their cooperation and efforts which have contributed significantly to Grenada’s fight against COVID-19.”

At Al Wasl Plaza, driving beats enlivened the music of Thamara St Bernard Neckles, followed by Dash, who was rated Groovy Soca Monarch King of Granada three times. Known for his upbeat and lively performances, Dash had the crowd cheering and dancing around Al Wasl Square. The two artists were joined by an ensemble of dancers and musicians and helped bring the unique sounds of Grenada to Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Grenada Pavilion houses an iconic spicy artwork featuring nutmeg to highlight the love of the island and its connection to the spices that give the nation its unique flavor. The pavilion reflects the lifestyle of Grenada, with its tranquil waters. Visitors can also take a colorful Spice Island tour, enjoy calypso, soca, folk, steel pan, big drum and jab jab beats, or learn about the chocolate making process “bean-to-bar” for which Grenada is famous. National and Honor Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are times to celebrate each of the Expo’s more than 200 international participants, highlighting their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming.

Each includes a flag-raising ceremony on the Stage of Nations at Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

The day before, Djibouti also celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 with the visit of Prime Minister Abdoulkader Kamil Mohamed and a performance by a Djiboutian folk group, including a series of traditional dances and folk songs, reflecting both the Bedouin and urban life.

The Prime Minister was welcomed by Sheikh Nahyan.

Cheikh Nahyan, participating in the celebration of the National Day of Djibouti, said: “The Djibouti pavilion offers visitors to Expo 2020 a clear vision of this Arab country, its capabilities, its culture and its innovative ideas. , as well as its ambitious plans for the future. It also offers visitors the opportunity to learn about Djibouti as the logistics hub of East Africa, its tourism offerings, and its renewable energy transformation efforts.

“Our relationship has always been about cooperation on sustainable development. Over the years, the UAE has been and continues to be a strong and reliable partner of Djibouti in various areas, such as infrastructure development and attracting foreign direct investment, among others.

Prime Minister Mohamed said: “Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform for a multi-faceted dialogue between cultures and civilizations, presenting to the world new technologies and infrastructures that strengthen people-to-people relations and the culture of peace. . It’s time to celebrate the ingenuity of the men and women who offer a glimpse of the future.

“I invite you to visit the Djibouti Pavilion to experience not only the cultural richness and stunning natural beauty of our country, but also the latest development infrastructure put in place by our nation.”

Located in the Mobility District, the Djibouti Pavilion presents the country as the “Land of Commerce and Meeting”, a transport and logistics hub, and a future economic and technological leader. The design of the pavilion’s shipping containers reflects Djibouti’s goal of becoming Africa’s largest logistics hub by 2035, and a sustainable one, ushering in a new era of eco-friendly trade and energy.

National and Honor Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our more than 200 international participants, highlighting their culture and achievements, and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each includes a flag-raising ceremony on the Stage of Nations at Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

Through March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from around the world to join in creating a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and growth. culture.


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