Fazil Omer poses for a photograph at Expo 2020 Dubai.
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
A 16-year-old Indian named Fazil Ummer, toured 3 regions at Expo Dubai 2020, to be able to visit the world within three days, and keeps the entry stamp of the 192 participating countries in Expo on a commemorative passport of which he is proud to keep for life.
When Fazil visited Dubai with his family, he decided to visit Expo 2020 on his own to realise his dream.
He believes he is the first Indian national who collected on his passport the stamps of all the pavilions of the countries participating.
Fazil affirms this was his dream when he arrived at the Expo gate.
“When I was just a kid, I hoped to visit all countries of the world, but as I grew up I realised this was very costly, and I couldn't do it,” said Fazil.
He added, “When I came to Expo 2020, and visited all the pavilions, I felt as if I visited the whole world. It was amazing and special. I met many people from different countries, and my dream came true in record time.”
Fazil said the UAE, Saudi and German pavilions were his favourite. He said, “I really liked the people inside these pavilions, they were very helpful. I loved the idea of having the original desert sands in the UAE pavilion, as well as the movie shown there. All of these will be engraved in my memory."
According to Fazil, taking a lot of photos was part of his plan to visit Expo 2020, which he would later post on social media.
He said the visitor centre in Expo helped him plan his visit, which included visiting 80 pavilions during the first day.
The centre also helped him to plan the remaining parts of the visit. “On the second day, I visited the pavilions of 50 countries, while on the third day I visited some smaller pavilions.”, he added.
"I was very tired after visiting 192 pavilions. I felt like my feet were burning, but I advise everyone to have this rich experience because it will be remembered for ever," Fazil said laughing.
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