Sheikh Mohammed and Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed arrive for the Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony at the Al Wasl hall.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai is the world's magnificent gateway to the future as it prepares to welcome people from all over the world for 6 months.
Bringing together 192 nations in over 200 pavilions for a better future, Expo 2020 Dubai has shown the whole planet homing in on one emirate to enjoy what it has to offer.
Dubai has proved the Cassandras wrong by staging the biggest event of the century: Expo 2020. For six months, investors, tourists and residents will be attracted by the overarching, magnetic appeal of the world's biggest exhibition.
The mega event has been designed for innovation and impact, and will catapult the real estate market to new heights.
Thanks to the grand vision and farsightedness of the leaders, particularly His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, what was once a distant dream is now a spectacular reality. The world will be paying larger-than-life attention to the UAE and Dubai in particular.
Sheikh Mohammed and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attended the official opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai.
Their Highnesses conveyed the warm greetings of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to the representatives of the participating countries, organisations and institutions.
The audience will be watching the opening ceremony through screens in many locations, including airports, shopping centres, hotels and other landmarks of the country, and following the entire ceremony live on air.
The event can also be followed through live broadcasts on Expo TV at 07:30pm. LINK: https://virtualexpo.world/
The opening ceremony will be followed on the following day by three firework displays in different parts of Dubai, marking the launch of the international event and opening its doors to the public. The fireworks event will be held on the evening of Oct.1, 2021 at 8:20pm in Dubai Festival City, The Pointe (Palm Jumeirah), and Dubai Frame.
The concert will be performed by a group of Arab and international artists, including Emirati artists Ahlam and Hussein Al Jasmi, Arab artist Mohammed Abdo, ambassador of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirati rising star Almas, and Lebanese-American singer Maysa Karaa.
International stars participating in the ceremony include famous opera singer Andrea Bocelli, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding, famous Chinese pianist Lang Lang, artist Angelique Kidjo, and singer-songwriter Andra Day.
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Those in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi can follow the international event from the Yas Plaza area, and in Ras Al Khaimah, screens will be provided for the event in a number of locations, including the Corniche, Al Marjan Island and Al Manar Mall.
The public in the Emirate of Ajman will be able to follow the launch evening of Expo 2020 Dubai from the heritage district, and from Fujairah in the "Al Hosn District."
More than 240 hotels in the UAE will showcase the opening night of Expo 2020 Dubai, including Rove, Armani, Address and Vida by Emaar hotels, as well as Accor hotels, Marriott, Hilton, IHG hotels, Rotana hotels, Jumeirah Group hotels, Hyatt hotels, and Atlantis, The Palm.
The official opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai will be shown at Abu Dhabi and Dubai International Airports; events to watch the concert have been organised by partners such as Emirates Airlines, Dulsco, Terminus Group, L'Oreal and Nissan.
Expo 2020 Dubai witnessed a significant increase in the number of visitors as of December 20, as the total visits reached 7 million and 167 thousand and 591 visits.
The Expo 2020 Dubai twitter account said, “Eight years of dedication and now we are only 5 days away to welcoming the world. This is our time!”
Drones, robots, 3-D printing, and Formula One-style car building were featured during the learning session, providing an in-depth look at the field of engineering and the scale of opportunities for new generations.
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In the video, a lion can be seen freely roaming around in a village before it is taken aback by the invasion of the dogs, who succeed in chasing away the majestic creature. The big cat soon runs towards a kine of cows standing nearby.
The well wishers attended a banquet Iftar held by Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed on this occasion.
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