DUBAI – The Sri Lanka Pavilion was inaugurated at Expo 2020 Dubai on Friday (October 1). The unique water-themed pavilion is focused on promoting Sri Lanka as a gateway to South Asia.
Designed by an award winning team from University of Moratuwa in Colombo, the ceremony featured a welcome procession with Magul Bera song and a Traditional Kandyan Dance.
The keynote address was delivered by Consul General of Sri Lanka to Dubai & Northern Emirates and the Deputy Commissioner General for Expo for Sri Lanka, Nalinda Wijerathna.
“Inspired by an aquatic theme, the pavilion creates a warm and welcoming space for all visitors and highlight its potential as one of the most delightful destinations in the world to visit. We invite the world to visit us at Expo 2020 Dubai,” Wijerathna said.
Located in the “Opportunity” district, the 300-sqm pavilion allows visitors to immerse in an experience inspired by water – emphasizing the value of adaptability and agility.
Display screens at the pavilion spotlight unique facets of the island nation. The senses of the visitors will be engaged to gain information on the island’s rich culture and heritage, natural ecosystems and wildlife through these cinematic creations.
Visitors are also able to unravel the secret of the world famous Ceylon Tea, from leaf to cup, and enjoy a fresh cup of tea on their journey along the pavilion at the special tea corner courtesy of the Sri Lankan Tea Board.
The retail space facilitated by the Export Development Board will boast an array of Sri Lankan produce ranging from spices to beautiful Batik clothing.
The Sri Lanka pavilion will host a range of exciting events including a fashion show featuring traditional batik designs, a wedding show branding Sri Lanka as a prime wedding and honeymoon destination, a cultural dance show, a drum festival illustrating Sri Lanka’s rich cultural legacy though dance and music, plus a children’s storytelling session featuring work by renowned children’s books author Late Sybil Wettasinghe representing Sri Lanka’s rich literary heritage.
On opportunity to win free air tickets on a weekly basis offered through Sri Lankan Airlines at the Sri Lanka Pavilion.
Furthermore, global viral sensation Yohani with her ‘Manike Mage Hithe’ song is expected to perform at the National Day of Sri Lanka on January 3. ICA/Expat Media
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