A little piece of Jamaica is now on show in Dubai! Bright bold colours and the unmistakable sounds of reggae are just some of the elements that have made the country’s “spontaneous street party-style pavilion” a hit at World Expo 2020.
The Jamaica Pavilion has been named one of the “coolest” at the event which gets underway in October. It’s just 13 of the standouts that Time out Dubai recognised from among nearly 200 individual country participants.
“The fact that Time Out Dubai has selected Jamaica as one of the coolest kids on the block is really refreshing to us. The fact that they have seen us, seen our bold colours, seen our personality coming out through the pavilion is really good for us,” said Commissioner General of Section, Jamaica Pavilion at World Expo 2020 Dubai, Essie Gardner.
The Jamaica pavilion features shipping containers from across the world organised into zones focused on the country’s sports, food, music, cultural heritage, investment attractiveness and tourism.
“The concept is that Jamaica has fun doing whatever it is we are doing. When you see the pavilion there are bold pictures of people on the outside and scenes of Jamaica and when you get on the inside it is like a block party and we actually have a music studio,” said Gardner.
The Jamaica pavilion is a gift from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and was designed and constructed by a UAE-based entity to the specifications of the Jamaican team.
World Expo 2020 Dubai will run until March 31, 2022, under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
The event was initially scheduled for 2020 but was postponed for a year due to the pandemic.