Antigua and Barbuda participates for the first time in Expo 2020 Dubai – News
Positioning itself as the emerging economic power of the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda hopes that its very first pavilion at a World Expo will showcase its burgeoning investment and tourism industries as well as its rich history and culture to the world, while more than 20 million people are expected to travel to Dubai during the six months of the event.
Equally important, the country’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai coincides with its 40th year of independence and will also include a trade office which will be located one floor just above its pavilion, to facilitate trade missions and leverage opportunities throughout the exhibition.
“The essence of Antigua and Barbuda is its culture and its people. Steeped in history and enveloped in a culture of warmth and vibrancy, we are delighted to welcome guests from all over the world to experience our traditions, taste our delicacies and see how a rapidly evolving nation is becoming a key business and tourism destination. Said Gilbert Antione Boustany, non-resident ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Arab Emirates.
The 2,500 square foot Antigua and Barbuda pavilion will showcase the country’s vibrant upscale tourism sector, which supports 80 percent of its GDP. “Although this will be a highlight in our pavilion, our current goal is to showcase the country’s logistical geographic location and its potential as a trade hub between the Middle East and the Caribbean as well as Central and South America. , connecting the eastern region with 700 million people, ”Ambassador Boustany said.
“We recently designed a citizenship-by-investment program to encourage foreign direct investment, as well as an incentive for visitors to come to our country. Antigua and Barbuda has the second largest banking center in the Eastern Caribbean region and is dominated by national and international banks. Our banks are well regulated and reflect our dynamic financial environment, ”added the Ambassador.
Antigua and Barbuda welcomes over one million visitors to its shores each year and is one of the Caribbean’s premier destinations for leisure, cruise and business travelers. It is home to a private 300-acre island paradise, Jumby Bay Resort, which is part of Oetker’s famous collection of upscale destinations and is ranked the first luxury resort in all of the Caribbean and the fifth best resort in the world. The country has now become a gateway to international and regional travel across the globe, with its award-winning VC Bird International Airport.
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent country of the Commonwealth comprising its two homonymous islands, bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. Antigua is the larger of the two islands and is home to 100,000 residents, while Barbuda has 1,500 residents. Located in the heart of the Caribbean, the Twin Islands paradise is known for its 365 white and pink sand beaches, cheerful climate and world-class resorts.