It is reported that 21,000 people from 40 countries are expected to attend the World Annual Bora Conference in Colombo today (01 September).
It is said that security has been provided for the summit including sea, air and ground defence.Police Special Task Force personnel have been deployed for added security.
The 10-day conference will be held at the main Bora Muslim Mosque in Colombo 4.
It is significant that the Boras of various countries who are to participate in the conference have booked all the major hotels from Kalutara to Negombo and from Avissawella to Nittambuwa.
The summit is expected to generate US $ 130 million.
The Boras are known to be fond of gems and handicraft products.
There are nearly 1.2 million Bohras in the world and nearly 2600 live in Sri Lanka, according to data from the Department of Census and Statistics.
Most of the Boras live in India and Dr. Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra community, also arrived in Sri Lanka last weekend.