Equatorial Guinea’s Vice President celebrates his country’s National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

His Highness Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum (R2), President of Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, His Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue ©, Vice P

DUBAI: 12 December 2021 — Equatorial Guinea celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 on Sunday, with His Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, Vice President of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea in Charge of National Defence and State Security joining a flag-raising ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza, which was followed by a series of traditional dances combined with historic songs from different ethnic groups.

His Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue was welcomed by His Highness Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airlines and Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, and Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Commissioner General Office.

His Excellency Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue, said: “Equatorial Guinea is a country of peace and stability where people from different ethnic groups and cultures live in harmony. But it is also a nation of opportunities; we have achieved important economic advances and we are now boosting development based on a diversified economy, which involves enhancing the infrastructure sector, fishing industry and tourism in an attractive and unbeatable programme for investors. Our pavilion reflects this reality and shows the best of Equatorial Guinea in these areas.”

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director, Expo 2020 Dubai Commissioner General Office, said:Equatorial Guinea’s pavilion offers its visitors the chance to explore its unique treasures, from its lush and biodiverse landscape, to its marked economic and social transformation, which focuses on various industries, including infrastructure development, seaports, airports, as well as the future capital Oyala, and more.”

“Equatorial Guinea’s pavilion also promotes the potential of the tourism, mining and agriculture sectors to visitors and investors, and invites us to witness a purely African model of structural and sustainable development.”

Award-winning singer and multi-instrumentalist Nelida Karr performed later in Al Wasl dome with her contemporary take on traditional Equatorial Guinean rhythms.

Equatorial Guinea’s brightly coloured pavilion wall captures the nation’s culture and history. Located in Sustainability District, the pavilion showcases Oyala, the City of Peace, and how it plans to become the developmental hub of the African continent. It also invites visitors to see the country’s sustainable future, with the freedom and mobility of independence, plus its incredible biodiversity.

The Central African country comprises the Rio Muni mainland and five volcanic offshore islands. The capital Malabo, situated on Bioko Island, has Spanish colonial architecture and is a hub for the country’s prosperous oil industry. Its Arena Blanca beach draws dry-season butterflies. The tropical forest of the mainland’s Monte Alen National Park is home to gorillas, chimpanzees and elephants.

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.

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.

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