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Djibouti celebrates Pavilion Day

07-01-2010 08:57 BJT Special Report:Shanghai World Expo 2010 |

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The Republic of Djibouti celebrates its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo on Wednesday. The Djibouti Pavilion displays the country's nature, culture, and rich tourism resources as well as its glamour as a large international harbor. Let's stop in and have a look.

Inspiration for the pavilion comes from the traditional home of the Afar nomads, called a Daboita. The 72-square-meter house was first built in Djibouti and later shipped to Shanghai in containers.

With its theme "Economic Hub," the pavilion within the Joint Africa Pavilion features the big daboita and displays the desert, the coast, and a mix of cultures in a nation where the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden meet.

The structure is set in water and linked by a bridge to the other side of the pavilion featuring a commercial and leisure area.

The Republic of Djibouti celebrates its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World Expo on Wednesday.
The Republic of Djibouti celebrates its National Pavilion Day at the Shanghai World
Expo on Wednesday.

The daboita is decorated with traditional hand-woven fabrics, carpets and tapestries. Paintings and ornaments hang on the walls.

Singing and dancing is a part of African people's daily life. The Arhotabba Band, a group of seven performers from Djibouti, brings an Afar dance that combines traditional and modern elements. The group also performs the traditional Djibouti dance involving swords.

Djibouti is located in the Horn of Africa. The history of Djibouti goes back thousands of years to a time when populations in the area traded hides for the perfumes and spices of ancient Egypt, India and China.

The economy of the Islamic country is based on service activities connected with the country's strategic location and status as a free trade zone in northeast Africa. Scant rainfall limits crop production to fruits and vegetables and most food must be imported.

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