Designed to highlight the importance of cherishing nature, the pavilion showcased the hidden treasures of the island nation. (SNICHA)

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Seychelles flag at Dubai World Expo 2020 won a gold award for Best Exhibit Design in the thematic district of sustainability, presented during a ceremony on Thursday on the closing day of the event.

Extending his warmest congratulations to the Seychelles Expo 2020 team, the President of Seychelles, Wavel Ramkalawan, said that “as one of the smallest island nations participating in this event, it is truly a moment of pride for our islands”.

Ramkalawan expressed his sincere gratitude to the organizing committee, artists, contributors, participants and teams on the ground in Dubai who ensured the success of the island nation’s participation in this event.

The Best Exhibit Award was selected for design based on the pavilion and exhibit theme, quality of exhibit, relevance to sustainability, functionality, presentability, interface with external design and post-pandemic adaptation.

Seychelles, an archipelago in the western Indian Ocean, took part in the Dubai World Expo 2020 from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, with a sustainability pavilion under the theme “Preserving nature”.

The pavilion showcased the natural beauty and history of Seychelles, the steps taken to safeguard it and the opportunities to participate in its preservation. Designed to emphasize the importance of cherishing nature, drawing inspiration from the country’s myths of lost treasures and the culture of treasure hunting, it showcased the island nation’s hidden treasures.

“This award is the culmination of your hard work and dedication, not only to show the beauty and uniqueness of our country to the world, but also to show how sustainability has been integrated into our way of life. Thanks to all for raising our highest Seychelles flag in yet another new international sphere. Congratulations again!” said Ramkalawan.

Meanwhile, the Secretary General of the Seychelles National Institute for Culture, Heritage and the Arts (SNICHA), David Andre, told SNA on Friday that winning the award is a proud moment for Seychelles.

“I’m really proud, especially as the culture led the team in Dubai and for us to win such an award is a proud moment not only for our country but also for our institution. The award gives value to the work that everyone did at Expo,” he said.

“There were people who had been there since the Expo started, like Mr. [Galen] Bresson, who is deputy commissioner, so it shows that a fantastic job has been done. I am extremely proud and happy,” added André.

He said the award is an encouragement for Seychelles’ future participation in such events.

“The next Expo will be in 2025 in Japan and this one has given us great experience for participation in future big events,” André said.

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