Sri Lanka Tourism Bureau (SLTPB) in collaboration with the Sri Lankan Embassy in Abu Dhabi organized a Sri Lankan tourism promotion event titled ‘’ The Taste of Abu Dhabi ‘’ at the du Arena, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, UAE, from 07th to 09th November 2019. The festival was officially opened by Mr. Ravinatha Aryasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H. E. Mr. Majintha Jayesinghe, Ambassador of Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi, Ms. Dilani Weerakoon, Director/ Ocean Affairs, Environment and Climate Change of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Sri Lanka, Ms. Harsha Ruparathne , Second Secretary , Embassy of Sri Lanka in Abu Dhabi and Ms. Enoka Gayathri from SLTPB by lighting the traditional oil lamp.
Taste of Abu Dhabi is a food–lover’s fantasy, with three days of Abu Dhabi’s latest, greatest and most exciting restaurants, world class chefs, an incredible line-up of music, tantalizing fresh features and over 45 exhibitors. A wide variety of authentic cuisine identical to each country or region can be experienced at this event. Authentic Sri Lankan food were served at the event which included Coconut Rotti with Lunumiris, Kiribath , Isso Wada, Kadala and egg rotti with seeni sambal , where the food was highly embraced by the visitors. A traditional Sri Lankan dance troupe also performed at the event which the visitors enjoyed to their hearts content. Taste festivals such as these have set a new benchmark for food and drink events worldwide. It is important that SLTPB to engage in adequate consumer promotional activities among the expatriates (especially European and USA) Arabian travelers to make them aware about the destination and also to inspire those who are planning new destinations.