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HM King Tupou VI opens Tongan Embassy in Abu Dhabi

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 01/10/2019

His Majesty King Tupou VI officially opened the Embassy of the Kingdom of Tonga in Abu Dhabi yesterday. The establishment of the Embassy reinforces Tonga’s appreciation of the magnitude of World Expo 2020.

The mission is headed by resident ambassador His Excellency ‘Akau’ola. The move is strategic, and reflects well on the closer diplomatic ties and the deep connections that have existed over time with the Tongan royal family and the leadership of the UAE.

His Excellency ‘Akau’ola, “The United Arab Emirates is an important stepping stone for us to cover the Middle East.  We look at the UAE’s incredible vision and progressive growth since 1971 and see it as a model of development.”

In a press release from the embassy the Ambassador expressed confidence that establishing the Embassy in Abu Dhabi a year ahead of the grand opening, will bolster the Kingdom’s position on the Expo stage and ensure the Kingdom nation is ready to fully engage in the ‘World’s Greatest Show’.

The Tonga Pavilion will be located in the Expo’s Opportunity District and will celebrate ‘The Last Pacific Island Kingdom’, drawing attention to the vast and largely unrealised potential of the Kingdom of Tonga as a world-class destination for tourists. It will feature the islands’ unspoiled beauty, natural bounty and efforts to mitigate climate concerns, as seen through the eyes of a child.

The Kingdom of Tonga’s participation is driven by His Majesty King Tupou VI, who can clearly see how the Expo will benefit both private and “grass roots” interests in the nation, ultimately boosting education, youth engagement and employment.

His Majesty King Tupou VI enthuses “The Kingdom of Tonga is a blank canvas for investors, not only from the Middle East, but the rest of the world. Expo 2020 will bring the world to us – you’re going to have America, Russia, China; all these nations coming to the UAE; and that for the Kingdom of Tonga, is an opportunity not to be missed.”

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