The world has been impatiently waiting for this international event to take place, and it is here at last! Expo 2020 Dubai is the first international fair to take place in the Middle East. The opening ceremony started on Thursday, September 30th with splendid fireworks, music and singing, and speeches about the influence of the global collaboration for a continuous and sustainable future.
The international event was broadcast live in three languages, Arabic, English and French. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates, and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, were the main guests in this lavish event.
The ceremony started with UAE’s national anthem performed by Rashed Al Nuaimi, followed by an outstanding performance by Hussain Al Jassmi, who did not only sing in his mother tongue, but also sang in English alongside Mayssa Karaa and Almas. There were plenty of stars from across the world, including Arab superstars Ahlam and Mohammed Abdu, Italian singer Andrea Bocelli, English singer Ellie Goulding, and Chinese pianist Lang Lang.
The mega project, Expo 2020, aims to attract millions of tourists from across the world to witness the world fair, which has been built on 4.3 sq km of desert. Dubai’s Expo is expected to attract more visitors than Milan’s; the visitors are expected to be double the population of the UAE. In addition, it is considered to be the first major event since the pandemic took place. That’s why countries and companies are expecting it to boost the economy, investments, and trade.
The Expo site will be open to the public on Friday, October 1st to witness the legacy of 192 countries exhibiting their culture, architecture, and technology. With the motto “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future,” Expo 2020 is ready to address universal challenges like conflict and economic growth and climate change.
Even though coronavirus restrictions have been mostly tolerated in the Gulf countries, it is imperative to wear masks at the Expo site. Visitors over 18 years of age need to either be vaccinated or test negative for COVID-19.