In celebration of the 76th Anniversary of Independence of Sri Lanka, the Embassy of Sri Lanka to the UAE, hosted a prestigious diplomatic reception on 9th February 2024, at hotel Shangri-La Abu Dhabi.

The event brought together 120 number of Ambassadors and Heads of Missions from UAE, and notable figures for an evening of celebration. The dignitaries that attended the event included H.E. Sultan Al Shamsi- Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for International Development Affairs of the UAE,  Sheikh Humaid bin Rashid Al Nuaimi – Royal family member of Ajman, Hon. Manusha Nanayakkara- Minister of Labour and Foreign Employment of Sri Lanka and Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed Al Hamed – Chairman IBMC International Group, whose presence underscored the importance of fostering strong ties between Sri Lanka and the international community.

In his remarks, Udaya Indrarathna Ambassador of Sri Lanka to the UAE highlighted that under the visionary leadership of H.E. the President, Ranil Wickremesinghe- Sri Lanka is rejuvenating and is on a committed path for prosperity and success amidst challenges. Ambassador further expressed gratitude to all those in attendance and reaffirmed the Embassy’s commitment to strengthening ties with the host country and the international community at large.

As the evening unfolded, guests were treated to a selection of fine cuisine, showcasing the rich culinary heritage of Sri Lanka. Traditional music and cultural performances performed by the renowned Sri Lankan dancing troupe – Chandana Wickramasinghe and the Dancers Guild added colour to the festive ambiance, transporting attendees on a journey of discovery and appreciation for the island nation’s vibrant culture and heritage.

The event served as a platform for meaningful discussions and networking opportunities, allowing guests to explore potential collaborations and initiatives that could benefit both Sri Lanka and its global partners. From engaging conversations to shared experiences, the diplomatic reception exemplified the power of diplomacy in building bridges and forging lasting friendships.

The Embassy of Sri Lanka extends its heartfelt gratitude to all the sponsors of the event, including the Platinum partner  Mr. Rusan Fyroze – CEO – Siraj Finance PJSC, Gold sponsors – Sri Lankan Airlines Ltd, Mr. Lakshmi Narayanan – Chairman Sovereign Wealth Fund Institute, Mr. Ashish Vijay – Chairman of House of Ashish Vijay, Silver sponsors Alpen Capital, Heartland General Trading, Burjeel Holdings, Frico International LLC and all other sponsors, well wishers and the distinguished guests who made the event a success.

Embassy of Sri Lanka – Abu Dhabi

13 February 2024