Mongolia celebrates its Expo 2020 National Day with a traditional music and dance performance
DUBAI, 16 November 2021 – Mongolia celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday with a spectacular ceremony that included the hoisting of the national flag and a colourful traditional music and dance performance at Al Wasl Plaza.
Dureen Tumenjargal, Director of the Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Deputy Commissioner General of the Mongolia Pavilion, was welcomed by Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of the Office of the Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali said: “Under the theme ‘Nomad by Nature’, the Mongolia Pavilion embraces the nomadic lifestyle that has been held in Mongolia for thousands of years, and illustrates how that co-exists with the current and developing urban lifestyle.
“Visitors to the pavilion will be immersed in its display of Mongolia’s rich heritage, while also being provided with an opportunity to explore the country’s touristic offerings. The pavilion does a wonderful job of highlighting the historical significance and cultural attributes which have shaped Mongolia’s unique identity.”
Tumenjargal said:“This year marks the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the UAE. I am confident that our participation in this iconic universal event, Expo 2020 Dubai, will further strengthen our bilateral relations and business cooperation.
“This Expo has particular significance, as 192 countries are gathering together during COVID time. The event is an important platform for sharing knowledge, values, culture, achievements and best practices. It is an opportunity for governmental and non-governmental organisations to discuss global challenges. At the Mongolia Pavilion, we are happy to showcase our heritage, nomadic lifestyle and business opportunities.”
Speaking at a media briefing the Mongolia Pavilion itself, Tumenjargal added: “Mongolia is currently in a period of transition. We have embraced free economy since 1990. We have to move hand-in-hand with the rest of the world. Apart from our heritage and touristic attractions, we have rich mineral resources. We want to tell the world that the government of Mongolia and the private sector are ready for foreign investment.”
On Wednesday, the country will host a Business Forum at Expo 2020’s Business Connect Centre.
Located in the Mobility District, the Mongolia Pavilion reflects the millennia-old nomadic lifestyle of its people. Visitors can explore the country’s wildlife, including the central role horses play in Mongolian culture. The pavilion also offers traditional throat-singing and ancient games, such as ‘shagai’, which is played using the cleaned and polished anklebones of sheep.
National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of our 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements, and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each features a flag-raising ceremony at the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.
Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.