The Expo 2020 Dubai venue. Hungary celebrated its National Day at the Expo on Friday. Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Hungary celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai on Friday, with lively performances held throughout the day that showcased the country’s unique culture and traditions.

Osama Naffa, Hungarian Ambassador to the UAE, and Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director of the Office of the Commissioner-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, attended the celebrations.

‘Engaging visitors’

On the occasion, Al-Ali said: “Hungary’s strong participation is reflected in the remarkable beauty and content of its pavilion, which presents the country’s rich water treasures, and highlights their historic, medicinal, and touristic significance through interactive experiences that engage visitors without the use of water. We are proud of the thriving relations that we share with Hungary and look forward to further strengthening our ties as we explore new opportunities for collaboration in fields of mutual priority, such as science, technology and innovation, for the benefit and wellbeing of our countries and people,” he added.

Naffa said: “We are proud that the Hungarian pavilion has already been visited by 900,000 people and we are proud that Hungary and its national treasures are so much in the spotlight. The Hungarian Pavilion focuses on the unique water sources and medicinal waters of our country, presenting our country as an attractive destination to the interested public.

Business connections

“The past 170 days have also played a major role in developing business relations between Hungary and the UAE. During the thematic weeks of Expo 2020 Dubai, hundreds of Hungarian companies introduced themselves and established connections with a number of business partners from Dubai and elsewhere in the emirates and the Gulf region with whom both sides are expected to develop fruitful long-term partnerships.”

Cultural performances

The celebrations included a cultural performance of Hungarian folk dance and contemporary ballet that represented an integral part of Hungary’s heritage by the Hungarian State Folk Ensemble and the Ballet Company of Gyr.

The Hungarian State Folk Orchestra presented folk music with centuries-old roots at Al Wasl Gardens. The celebrations continued into the evening at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre with performances from world-famous Hungarian artists.

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Located in Jubilee, the Hungary Pavilion’s striking double-shelled timbre structure is built using dry technology, highlighting how the need for water was significantly reduced. Much of the experience inside the pavilion focuses around water, such as information on Hungary’s 1,300 thermal springs, an immersive water experience without water, and a tasting of different mineral waters.