The pavilion with its water-based theme was designed by a team from the University of Moratuwa and has been recognized as one of the best designs at Expo 2020 Dubai resulting in the Sri Lankan pavilion being constructed on a complimentary basis by the Expo organizers. The pavilion showcases the hydraulic civilization in a touristic perspective bringing out the 3 positioning pillars of Authenticity, Compactness and Diversity while taking visitors on a journey through history, culture, nature, people, and many facets of the destination through storytelling to inspire and showcase Sri Lanka to the world. Sri Lanka is also to be represented at an auxiliary venue at the ‘Souq’, a market place which will function as a sales outlet for many local arts, crafts, and culture. This outlet will be managed by Laksala for the duration of the event.
The Sri Lankan pavilion will additionally have a Tea Corner, which will be managed by the Sri Lankan Tea Board and a Retail Corner facilitated by the Export Development Board.
Sri Lanka Tourism has built a collision in presenting Sri Lanka strong and vibrant at Expo 2020 Dubai in partnership with the Sri Lanka Embassy in UAE and the Consulate in Dubai, Gem & Jewelry Authority, Export Development Board, Sri Lanka Tea Board, Laksala, Board of Investment, Port City, Sri Lankan Airlines, and the National Chamber of Exporters.
Key highlights from the Sri Lanka Pavilion will include a gem auction, a fashion show featuring traditional batik designs, a wedding show positioning Sri Lanka as a wedding and honeymoon destination, a cultural dance show, drum festival showcasing Sri Lanka’s rich cultural heritage though dance and music and a Children’s Story Telling session featuring Sybil Wettasinghe’s “Sun, Rain and Fox Wedding Portraying Sri Lanka’s rich literature and culture.
Events and activities at the Pavilion will include Gem Cutting, Mask Carving, and Traditional Weaving to name a few. Sri Lankan Airlines will additionally organize a raffle draw with a social media engagement drive to boost Sri Lanka’s digital presence at the Expo.
Kimarli Fernando, Chairperson of Sri Lanka Tourism commented, “Sri Lanka Tourism has had very little time and resources to prepare for EXPO 2020 DUBAI, however despite the challenges we have curated a spectacular pavilion and offering and are ready for EXPO 2020 DUBAI.”
“Our unique pavilion will communicate to the World the multitude of experiences available for travellers to explore. We are in the process of developing some amazing digital content which will be showcased at the Expo.”
“BOI will lead with the Investment drive with an investment Forum, the Tea board will showcase our tea heritage and the Gem and Jewellery Authority will promote our world-famous sapphires”.