Visit to Expo by Minister Catherine Martin
Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin visited the Irish Pavilion at Expo and launched the official St. Patrick’s Festival at Expo.
Those in attendance included members of the Irish Business Network, GAA and the Dubai Irish Society as well as representatives from the state agencies. The event also featured the Expo Players and young Irish dancers, whose energy and talent added hugely to the event.
Minister Martin’s remarks captured the very essence of what St. Patricks Day means to the Irish community, and friends of Ireland everywhere. Minister Martin’s visit was part of a major tourism trade mission to the UAE.
In addition to launching the official programme for the St. Patricks Day Festival at Expo, the Minister undertook an extensive schedule that included a visit to the Expo Leadership Pavilion to meet with Sheikh Ahmed, the Chairman of Emirates.
Minister Martin also participated in an Irish Business Network Dubai tourism sector event at Ireland’s Pavilion, which gave the Minister the opportunity to engage with a cross-section of Irish people active in the tourism and hospitality sector, including companies taking part in the Tourism Ireland Trade Mission.
The Minister also undertook a number of bilateral and trade events across Abu Dhabi and Dubai.