Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
The Expo Dubai 2020 announced that visitors are allowed to enter the exhibition free of charge to enjoy the celebrations of the 50th Emirati National Day, on the 2nd of December.
Entry will be free provided that visitors adhere to Covid-19 procedures.
Persons older than 18 have to provide vaccination certificate or a not more than 72-hour negative PCR.
The celebrations will be launched throughout Expo 2020 as of 1 to 4 December and will present a group of Emirati experiments and stories, musical shows and presentations of different cultures.
On Thursday, December 2, visitors will attend the official celebrations of the National Day in Al Wasl arena.
These will include celebrations of raising the flag, speeches by officials, a musical presentation of the national anthem by children, a show on horses by Dubai Police knights, and another presentation by the music band of the UAE Ministry of Interior.
As announced by the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, 2021 is known as “The Year of the 50th.” Commemorating 50 years since the founding of the UAE in 1971, it is a moment to reflect on the remarkable journey of its ‘Early Dreamers’ as the nation looks to the next 50 years with the same bold ambition.
Highlights at Expo 2020 include UAE National Day, celebrated every year to commemorate December 2, 1971 when the UAE declared independence as a sovereign nation following the efforts of UAE Founding Father, the late His Highness Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, to unite the emirates.
From 1015 GST on Thursday, 2 December, visitors are invited to Expo 2020’s UAE National Day Ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza, including the raising of the flag, high-level speeches and anthem performances by a children’s choir, concluding with an Al Azi Performance by Al Wasmi.
This will also feature alongside horses of the Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Interior Marching Band in the ‘Colours of the World Parade’ between 1245 and 1315 GST.
Simultaneously, a performance of ‘Al Azi’, where an Arabic poet leads a chorus that ‘answers’ his call, will take place at 1300 GST at Al Wasl Plaza in a truly authentic celebration of pride in the traditional Arab values of unity, solidarity and courage.
A gravity-defying aerial performance by Dubai Police will follow shortly after, alongside a 30-minute musical showcase by Emirati singer Fatma Zahrat Al Ain, and a jaw-dropping flyover display by the UAE Air Force aerobatics team ‘Al Fursan’.
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"The nation is proud of the 10-year preparations for the largest global event that will last for six months, with the participation of 192 countries, underscoring the international trust in our country," Mohammed said.
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