DUBAI, 9 December 2021 – Palau celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 on Thursday with a display of traditional Palauan culture that included ancient chanting and traditional dancing, while His Excellency, Surangel Whipps Jr, President of the Republic of Palau spoke of the protection of the seas as a common link between Palau and the UAE.
President Whipps said: “Palau and the UAE share common heritage, including strong seafaring legacies stretching back centuries… Our histories show us that through interconnection and the sharing of resources, we can thrive.
“Our two countries also heavily rely on the sea for much of our livelihoods – a source for sustenance, transportation, tourism and other economic developments. That’s why we both believe in the protection of the world’s oceans and the proper management of the resources in them.”
The Palauan delegation was welcomed by His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai.
His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan, said: “As a Pacific Island, Palau recognises and understands first-hand the importance of being connected to the world, particularly for island nations, which currently face various challenges, and at its Expo 2020 pavilion, Palau showcases how it is setting an example towards tackling and overcoming these challenges.
“Palau has the knowledge to share with the world in relation to mobility constraints, and utilises its pavilion to do exactly that, as well as connect with other participants and stakeholders who are innovating in the sector of transportation and logistics. Palau’s pavilion leaves its visitors with a reformed idea of what it has to offer, and with a strong intention to explore the island and gain a deeper appreciation for Palau’s culture.”
Chants telling the stories of Palauan customs and traditions featured in the stage performances. The climax was the ‘Delal a Ngloik’ or ‘The Mother of All Dances’, a sacred routine passed down from generation to generation.
The Northern Pacific nation of Palau comprises more than 300 volcanic and coral islands. Its pavilion, is situated in the Mobility District, showcases the country’s 300-plus volcanic and coral islands and their incredible flora and fauna, as well as inviting visitors to explore its lush jungle and white sandy beaches.
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.