By Staff writer
Lord Provost of Edinburgh Donald Wilson says talks ongoing to bring spectacular event to the region
The Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo, performed by British Armed Forces, Commonwealth and International military bands and display teams, could be coming to the Gulf region as part of stronger ties between Scotland and the UAE.
The annual event, which traditionally takes place on the esplanade of Edinburgh Castle in the Scottish capital, will make its debut in Australia and New Zealand next year but the Lord Provost of Edinburgh has hinted that the UAE may also be added.
The comments came as part of a four day visit to the UAE by Donald Wilson on a trade and culture mission to strengthen ties between the two countries.
As part of the visit, the Scottish equivalent of a Mayor said: "I am the chair of the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo and there are ongoing talks to take one of the biggest cultural shows on earth to the region, which may well happen in the wake of its success February 2016 in Wellington New Zealand and Melbourne Australia.
"Attracting an annual television audience of 100 million, the show features a full-size replica of Edinburgh Castle and would be something spectacular for the people of the UAE to witness."
Wilson, dressed in traditional Scottish highland dress and the civic chains of Scotland's capital, made his remarks during a visit to the Etihad Airways Innovation Centre.
"We have some fantastic Scottish talent working in Abu Dhabi helping build the visions of this rapidly growing and dynamic country," he said.
"In addition, the leaps and bounds being made throughout the country in terms of arts and culture over recent years, has been just as impressive as the construction and development and is a topic close to my heart."
He added: "Developing relationships with the Middle East through culture and business is incredibly important for the City of Edinburgh."
The Lord Provost is also visiting Abu Dhabi Science Festival; Heriot Watt University campus, as part of its ten-year anniversary, and Sharjah Book Fair.