Sri Lanka is preparing to make its debut at the upcoming Expo 2020 in Dubai. The world expo is the world’s largest exhibition that offers a platform for 190 countries to showcase their culture and innovation for a span of six months. The main site of Expo 2020 Dubai will be a 438-hectare area located midway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
This universal platform will provide Sri Lanka with the opportunity to promote the island as a tourist destination, facilitate international trade, and attract future investors to the country. The Sri Lankan pavilion will be named ‘Island of Ingenuity’ and will offer a range of services from merchandise trading to ICT services and tourism attractions. Sri Lanka also hopes to take this opportunity to showcase the country’s latest research and development in ingenious products and services providing insights into the local heritage.
The expo is scheduled to start on October 20, 2020 and end on April 10, 2021. The event hopes to draw over 200 participants and 25 million visitors, out of which 30 percent are expected to be UAE nationals and 70 percent international visitors. This is the first time the World Expo will be held in the Middle East, North African, and South Asian region and takes place once every five years. The previous Expo 2015 was held in Milan and Expo 2025 will be held in Osaka.