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Reem Al Hashimy, Darragh O’Brien, Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali outside the Ireland Pavilion during the National Day of Ireland celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Ireland celebrated National Day at Expo 2020 in Dubai on Thursday (March 17), with cultural performances throughout the day as part of the country’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations.

Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of International Cooperation of the United Arab Emirates and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of the General Office of the Commissioner of Expo 2020 Dubai, welcomed Darragh O’Brien, Minister Irish Housing, Local Government and Heritage.

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali said: “With a design inspired by the Newgrange monument, the Ireland Pavilion brings 5,000 years of Irish heritage, literature and craftsmanship to Expo 2020 Dubai and invites visitors to explore the country as a place of unrivaled inspiration. and creativity.

“The UAE is proud of our thriving relationship with Ireland and believes that Ireland has much to offer us and the world as a regional leader in SME innovation and knowledge dissemination. (small and medium enterprises), as well as an important hub for technology and investment.We are confident that we will be able to build on our existing relationships and look forward to mutually beneficial collaborations between our two countries. . »

O’Brien said: “It is a particular honor for me to send Ireland’s congratulations on your ‘Year of 50’, which draws to a close as we in Ireland prepare for the centenary of our State. We have admired the enormous progress made by the United Arab Emirates over this half-century, with the emergence of Dubai as a major international hub offering connectivity on a truly global scale.

“Ireland has further developed our already excellent relationships with Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. These have flourished both through exciting programs at our pavilion and, most importantly, through excellent collaborations with our partners in the UK. ‘Expo, who have helped organize such memorable events as Riverdance at Expo and the Expo World Choir.

The speeches were followed by a cultural spectacle which opened with Amhrán Mhuínse, a sean-nós song performed by Síle Denvir, a native of Galway in the west of Ireland and playing the harp, the national symbol of Ireland, which is also inscribed on the UNESCO list of intangible cultural assets. Heritage. Cormac Begley was next on stage, performing a series of traditional South West Kerry tunes. Finally, the Friel Sisters and Cathal Ó Curráin from Donegal performed a set of traditional Irish jigs and reels which featured Uilleann piping.

Throughout the day, the celebrations will include a musical performance at Al Wasl, organized by the National Concert Hall and led by world-renowned violinist Martin Hayes. This will be preceded by a march led by the Irish Defense Force pipers and site-wide events including storytelling, sports activities and a Guinness World Record attempt for the most nationalities participating in a fitness class.

Located in Jubilee, the Ireland Pavilion showcases the country as a place full of inspiration, ingenuity, imagination and innovation. The country’s long, deeply rooted heritage runs through the pavilion and can be followed in the 360-degree projected exhibition of Ireland’s history.

National and Honor Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are times to celebrate each of the Expo’s more than 200 international participants, highlighting their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming.

Expo 2020’s Irish National Day falls on St. Patrick’s Day, organized for the first time by Irish activists to promote the Irish language and the cultural identity of the Irish people. Since then, St. Patrick’s Day has been an opportunity to share the country’s rich culture with the world.

Through March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 invites visitors from around the world to join in creating a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture. .

Water week to spotlight conservation: Water will underpin the final theme week of Expo 2020 Dubai, bringing together changemakers from the public and private sectors from March 20-26 to explore how to better conserve and protect a finite, precious and endangered natural resource that sustains all life on earth.

Covering more than two-thirds of the planet’s surface, water is an essential pillar of development, its conservation being essential to building a safe, clean and healthy future for people and the planet, as enshrined in the 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs). Today, one in four people (two billion) in the world also lack safe drinking water, half (3.6 billion) lack safe sanitation facilities and 2.3 billion lack basic facilities. to wash your hands at home.

With this in mind, Water Week – a collaboration between Expo 2020 Dubai; the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure; and the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Climate Change and Environment – will include a series of targeted and action-oriented events to explore water in all its facets, including the collective responsibility of the global community to better manage and preserve it in the face of climate change, plastic pollution, overfishing and other threats.

Expert talks include the Water Business Forum at the Dubai Exhibition Center (DEC) and the flagship event at the Nexus for People and Planet in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opportunity District. Both will take place on World Water Day (March 22), an annual celebration highlighting the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources.

Speakers for the week will also include Suhail Bin Muhammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy and Infrastructure of the United Arab Emirates; Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri, Minister of Climate Change and Environment of the United Arab Emirates; Erki Savisaar, Minister of Environment, Estonia; Dr Zaini Ujang, Secretary General, Ministry of Environment and Water, Malaysia; and Rajendra Singh, environmentalist, water advocate and president of Tarun Bharat Sangh.

Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Water is a prerequisite for all life on earth, but we just don’t give it not enough value. Access to clean water, sanitation and the effective management of our planet’s oceans and freshwater resources is a matter of justice, justice and equity. By exploring the role of water and how to better value and preserve it for future generations, Water Week pays tribute to this essential resource that underpins all our efforts to respond to the most critical opportunities and challenges. facing both people and the planet.

Suhail Bin Muhammad Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei said: “The issue of preserving and maintaining water resources, in conjunction with the increase in population and the pace of development that the world is experiencing, represents a great challenge that requires the respect for the principles of international cooperation and concerted efforts. address the challenges in the area of ​​water, the scarcity of water resources being one of the greatest challenges facing our Arab region. The Government of the United Arab Emirates firmly believes that water security is a prerequisite for sustainable development efforts and a stimulus for the country’s efforts towards realizing its aspirations for the next fifty years.

Mariam Bint Mohammed Almheiri said, “We say water is life because water is indeed the basis of all life forms on planet Earth. As we move towards a global population of 10 billion in 2050, today’s ecosystems face immense pressure to meet the growing demand for this vital resource without putting additional strain on our environment. In line with the UAE Water Security Strategy 2036, the UAE government follows an integrated approach to address water scarcity at home and abroad. Expo’s Water Week fits perfectly into our efforts, as it will raise awareness about water conservation and stimulate conversation among stakeholders to foster sustainable water management.

Water-focused projects supported under Expo Live, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Innovation and Partnership Program, and the Global Best Practices Program – highlighting tangible solutions to the SDGs for impact world’s largest – will also be featured throughout Water Week.

From a Pakistan-based project helping water-stressed rural communities barter livestock for solar power, to the world’s largest fog collection facility in Morocco and a command-and-control handwashing solution on foot to stop the spread of COVID-19, these Expo 2020 Dubai-supported projects are transforming lives in the communities they operate.

Full details and schedules for Water Week, including ways to connect to events remotely via Virtual Expo, can be found here.

Water Week is the last of 10 themed weeks taking place throughout the six months of Expo 2020 Dubai, forming part of the People and Planet programme.

Since October 1, 2021, the program has provided a platform for leaders and changemakers – from government, private sector and civil society around the world – to exchange new and inspiring perspectives. In doing so, he has generated meaningful conversations and collaborations that will positively impact lives long after Expo 2020 Dubai closes on March 31, 2022.