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Singapore unveils orchid in honour of Expo 2020 Dubai

Introducing the Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai, a robust and free-flowering orchid hybrid that is named after the first World Expo held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Image credits: National Parks Board (NParks).

Singapore unveiled a new Dendrobium orchid hybrid named after Expo 2020 Dubai on January 22, 2022 morning. The new bloom, named Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai, was the main highlight of the Singapore Day festivities at the World Expo – a day that recognises the city-state’s participation in the global event.

Singapore’s Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Mr. Teo Chee Hean officiated at the ceremony. The orchid celebrates Singapore’s unique culture and commemorates the nation’s strong bilateral relations with the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

 

Singapore’s Senior Minister and Coordinating Minister for National Security Mr. Teo Chee Hean unveiling the orchid with His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai at the Singapore Day ceremony at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Senior Minister Teo said: “As small states and hubs in our respective regions, Singapore and the UAE have benefited from a close friendship and partnership that have continued to strengthen over the years. The UAE is Singapore’s largest trading partner and investment destination in the Middle East. We enjoy strong people-to-people ties, with the UAE hosting the largest number of Singaporeans in the region. Our two countries are also strongly committed to creating a more sustainable future. It is fitting that we are unveiling the Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai orchid today, to mark not just the flourishing ties between our two countries, but also our shared love and respect for nature.”

A delicate bouquet of gracefully twisted golden yellow petals with light purple veins, the Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai has been specially selected to complement the colours of the Expo 2020 Dubai logo. It celebrates the coming together of nations from all over the world to forge stronger partnerships and co-create a brighter future. The orchid is created by the Singapore Botanic Gardens in honour of Expo 2020 Dubai and to commemorate Singapore Day at Expo 2020 Dubai.

 

Since 1956, orchids have been deeply rooted in Singapore’s history, culture and economy, where the propagation, cultivation and crossbreeding of unique cultivars were gifted to other countries as a gesture of friendship in what has been termed “orchid diplomacy”. Visitors to the Singapore Pavilion can view two distinguished orchid hybrids: the beautiful and free-flowering Dendrobium Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak orchid hybrid (above); and the vigorous and robust Aranda Lee Kuan Yew (below).

The Dendrobium Expo 2020 Dubai will be displayed at the Flower Cone at the Singapore Pavilion together with two other prominent orchid hybrids – the Dendrobium Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak, which is named after Mother of the Nation Her Highness Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak; and the Aranda Lee Kuan Yew which is named in honour of the late Mr. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding Prime Minister of modern Singapore and the architect behind Singapore’s transformation into a premier tropical Garden City. Both orchids mirror the theme of the Pavilion as a representation of Singapore’s ambition of becoming a City in Nature, and the long-standing relationship between Singapore and the UAE.

Capping off the Singapore Day festivities, the Singapore Pavilion also plays host to several exciting activities that provide visitors to the Expo with a taste of Singapore’s cultural offerings. This includes performances at Al Wasl Plaza, digital visual art showcases as part of Singapore Art Week, a presentation of local hawker fare, as well as an international dialogue on the future of travel.

 

For Singapore Day, visitors to the Expo could also enjoy a taste of Singapore’s food culture with bite-sized samples from a special Modern-Singaporean (Mod-Sin) menu, prepared by Chef Haikal Johari from Singapore Michelin-star restaurant, Alma by Juan Amador.

Join the conversation on the Singapore Pavilion via Facebook (@expo2020singapore), Instagram (@expo2020singapore) and Twitter (@expo2020sg), and hashtags #Expo2020SG and #NatureNurtureFuture. For more details on the Singapore Pavilion and Expo 2020 Dubai, please visit www.singapore2020expo.gov.sg and www.expo2020dubai.com respectively.

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