Mali Celebrates National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai in Style

Mali has celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 on with a flag-raising ceremony and vibrant performances by some of Mali’s most famous musicians.

Prime Minister of Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maïga stated at the event that the Mali Pavilion is not just a journey across the Niger River to discover the country’s cultural wealth and touristic wealth, but also the economic potential of living by the river.

“Building the future on a model of sustainability, resilience and ethics, the pavilion leads us to dive into the values of Mali, the foundational values of society that contemporary Mali brings together to contribute to universal civilisation.

“The support from the UAE [throughout Expo 2020 Dubai] is hardly surprising given the friendly relations and solidarity that have existed between our two countries since the historic visit in 1985 of the UAE’s Founding Father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and most recently of the opening of the Mali Embassy in Abu Dhabi. I hope the celebrations of Mali National Day will undoubtedly strengthen the friendly relations and solidarity.”

The celebrations kicked off with a flag-raising ceremony and the playing of the west African country’s and the UAE’ national anthems.

To mark the occasion, an exciting line-up of Mali’s most famous contemporary award-winning singers, performers, and musicians took the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre stage at Expo 2020 Dubai to play traditional instruments.

The country’s pavilion welcomed guests to learn more about the ‘land of opportunities’ through a journey along the Niger River. Visitors can also view a piece by Malian Artist Abdoulaye Konaté whose work explores socio-political issues with textile-based installations.

Lawmakers in Mali just approved a plan allowing the military junta to rule for up to five years, despite regional sanctions imposed on the country over delayed elections.


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