Emirates News Agency – Jamaica celebrates National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, 19th February, 2022 (WAM) — Jamaica celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai on Friday, putting on a spirited performance that showcased its strong musical heritage, centered around reggae.

The event underscored the country’s position as a growing maritime hub offering immense investment opportunities, according to a press release.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai; and Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of the Office of the Commissioner General of Expo 2020 in Dubai, welcomed Senator Hon Kamina Johnson Smith, Jamaican Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade.

Accompanying the Jamaican Minister were Edmund Bartlett, Jamaican Minister of Tourism; Ambassador Alison Stone Roofe, Under-Secretary for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Jamaica; Donovan White, Director of Tourism, Jamaica Tourist Board; and Diane Edwards, President, Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO).

Al-Ali said, “Jamaica’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai highlights the significant influence the country has had on the world through music, culture and sport, while showcasing Jamaica as a strategic global logistics hub and an ideal destination for business, tourism and investment.

“We are proud of the prosperous relationship we share with Jamaica and aim to explore new collaborations in areas of mutual interest, such as logistics, maritime activities and cultural cooperation, to build bridges between our peoples and ensure their collective well-being.

Smith, the Minister, said: “We have come to this exhibition with the overriding objectives of deepening the strong ties and enduring bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates, building on vibrant cultural exchanges, exploring and capitalizing on potential new tourism, trade and investment opportunities and, of course, strengthening engagements with our growing diaspora in the Middle East.

“Jamaica has proven to be a prime location for good long-term investments. We are geographically and strategically located on major air trade routes between North America and South America with ample maritime space. And logistically, we connect Singapore, Dubai and Rotterdam. The opportunities almost present themselves.”

A band representing various cultural areas of Jamaica came together for a performance at Al Wasl Plaza, taking visitors on a journey to the island’s rock and reggae roots, while celebrating Jamaican rhythm and movement .

Andrew Holness, Prime Minister of Jamaica, and Bartlett were present at the launch of the first World Tourism Resilience Day at Expo 2020 Dubai on February 17, to help the industry find ways to recover from damaging events, while being better prepared for them in the future.

Located in the Mobility District, the shipping container-shaped Jamaica Pavilion showcases the spirit of a spontaneous street party, allowing visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai to experience the “riddim” that moves and connects the world . From the country’s extraordinary Blue Mountain Coffee – the most expensive coffee in the world – to its iconic musicians, artists and producers, the pavilion offers a taste of the iconic culture of the Caribbean island state.

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