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Military band at Gulf exhibition

Dawn Gibson
Sunday, February 17, 2013

THE Fiji Military Forces Band is in Abu Dhabi — the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to attend the International Defense Exhibition 2013 (IDEX 2013).

They will also be attending the Gulf Defense Conference which also opens this weekend.

The Fiji delegation is being led by the chief of staff, Colonel Sitiveni Qiliho, who was received by Fiji's Ambassador to the UAE Robin Nair.

"It was a great day for the new embassy's public diplomacy and outreach agenda to receive Fiji's premier military and cultural band and performers," Mr Nair said.

He said the embassy would take advantage of the opportunity to showcase Fiji in the IDEX 2013.

The ambassador added that there were other parts of the UAE which had also shown interest in inviting the group to perform.

"I have received requests from throughout the seven Emirates for the group to perform at their venues also," Mr Nair said.

There are 50 members from the RFMF who made up the band, two of whom were female members, are all looking forward to their first performance today.

The Ministry of Information has deemed the event "a unique platform to establish and strengthen relationships with government departments, businesses and armed forces throughout the region".