Antigua and Barbuda: The twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda is on display at the world expo ‘Expo Dubai 2020’ being held in Dubai following the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.
Antigua and Barbuda’s pavilion placed in the ‘Mobility section of the expo; exhibits the exceptional strides the Caribbean country has made in its socio-economic growth over the years.
Addressing at the opening, Minister of Tourism and Investment Charles Fernandez stated:
“Antigua and Barbuda’s participation at Expo Dubai 2020 is a important occasion and signs another milestone for our nation on an international platform. It is an honour to be a part of history, as we display the nation’s development, and the very best Antigua and Barbuda has to contribute, from luxury holidays to first-class business and investment opportunities. Not only that, but Expo Dubai 2020 is the ideal backdrop for the distribution of ideas and culture; especially our move towards green energy and of course, our world-class talent, which will also be on exhibit.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James told the team would take good advantage of opportunities open in Dubai.
“Expo Dubai 2020 will assist as an international stage for us to raise recognition of Antigua and Barbuda as a tourism destination, to attract awareness to our sound financial banking area, ship registry contributions, and Citizenship by Investment programme”.
He continued that specific to airlift, there are strategies to, “re-engage Emirates Airline regarding starting direct service.”
Guests to the Antigua and Barbuda pavilion will get to play the traditional game of Warri, be hosted with cultural storytelling, browse and buy masterpieces of local artisans and experience the pulsating beats of Antigua and Barbuda’s lively music.
The destination’s marine qualities are also on display with highlights of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Nelson’s Dockyard and associated archaeological sites, adjacent attractive sailing, yachting and watersport situations. The Antigua and Barbuda Department of Marine Services and Merchant Shipping (ADOMS) will likewise have representation over the next six months, highlighting the country’s marine and shipping possibilities.
Additionally, both past and present, Antigua and Barbuda’s sporting greats are being emphasised, with athletes highlighted in the pavilion plan. A special presentation by National Hero and Sporting Legend, Sir Vivian Richards KNH, OBE, has been prepared for Expo Dubai 2020.
Sister-island Barbuda is getting highlighted as the ‘Untouched Eco-paradise’, while the destination’s latest sustainable actions and moves towards green energy will be considered.
The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU) will also be started to promote foreign direct investment. The CIU is programmed to host the country’s first Business Briefing.
The Antigua and Barbuda committee will look ahead to hosting for expo attendees the ‘Antigua and Barbuda’s National Day’, a rich cultural and historical performance to commemorate Antigua and Barbuda’s 40th Anniversary of Independence on November 1, 2021. Attendees can expect appearances by top Antigua and Barbuda players to include the “Soca Diva” Claudette “CP” Peters, OH and famous steel pannist Khan Cordice, adjacent other cultural skills.