“The Blue and Sustainable”.. Comoros celebrates its National Day at Expo Dubai

"الزرقاء والمستدامة".. جزر القمر تحتفل بيومها الوطني في إكسبو دبي

The United Comoros Republic celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020. This was in the presence of President Ghazali Othman, the President of the Republic, and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and the General Commissioner of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Ghazali Othman said, “We are pleased that the UAE is ready to work with us, and we hope that this cooperation will help us change our industry. The two countries are bound by strong fraternal relations.”

Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, the Emirati Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, welcomed President Ghazali Othman, confirming the depth of relations and cooperation between the UAE and the Comoros Islands.

Blue economy and sustainable environment

He said, “The United Comoros Republic has used the Expo 2020 Dubai platform to showcase the immense opportunities it offers in the blue economy sector, and to exchange best practices in preserving the oceans and protecting the environment, as well as emphasizing the need for global efforts to preserve the environment. The participation of the Comoros Islands also highlights its priorities and economic resources, as it is one of the main exporters of ylang-ylang, perfume essences, and vanilla.”

He added, “We are proud of the bilateral relations between us and the United Comoros Republic, and the notable steps in cultural diplomacy between our two countries. We look forward to building on existing partnerships through Expo 2020 and beyond, as well as making further joint efforts that benefit our countries and support development in them.”

The celebration included a range of cultural and entertainment activities, including live performances and traditional food in various locations throughout the site.

The Comoros Islands Pavilion is located in the Sustainability District, and the volcanic archipelago aligns with the sub-theme of sustainability. Visitors can learn more about the animals and plants of the Comoros Islands, and see marine life such as the rare silken fish, with underwater displays made from recycled plastic. There is also an opportunity to experience the aromatic ylang-ylang flower (as the Comoros Islands are the largest producers of essential oils extracted from flowers in the world, used in the perfume industry), in addition to the diverse creatures and vanilla. Visitors are also invited to make a wish and throw a ring into the fiery volcano crater on Mount Karthala, following in the footsteps of the Queen of Sheba.

Under the slogan “A Flower Blooms,” the pavilion redefines the world’s perception of the charm of the Comoros Islands, starting from the grand wedding in Bangui and a stroll through a fragrant spice garden, to highlighting the island nation’s commitment to a sustainable future.

The National and Pride Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are occasions to celebrate the international participants, numbering over 200, and highlight their cultures, achievements, and showcase their pavilions and programs. Each includes flag-raising ceremonies on the Nations Plaza stage, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

Expo 2020 Dubai invites visitors from around the world to join us in creating a new world until March 31, 2022, during six months of celebrating human brilliance, innovation, progress, and culture.