Expo-2020: Dubai inaugurates the biggest global event since the pandemic

Dubai Expo inauguration

Expo-2020 in the Emirates also promises to be the biggest event ever in the Middle East.

International innovations presented with great fanfare. The United Arab Emirates on Thursday evening kicked off Expo-2020 in Dubai with great fanfare, the first World Expo in the Middle East and the largest global event since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The young crown prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed, officially opened the opening ceremony of the $ 7 billion event.

Projections and light effects illuminated the Al-Wasl Plaza, a futuristic dome-shaped enclosure, a symbol of Islamic architecture. Various concerts followed, including those of the famous Emirati diva Ahlam and the British singer Ellie Goulding.

Chinese pianist Lang Lang was also among the featured artists, as was Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, who closed the show in front of Emirati leaders.

Open to the public this Friday

Postponed last year due to the health crisis, the exhibition will open its doors to the public on Friday in the middle of the desert on the outskirts of Dubai, a city already known for its skyscrapers and taste for luxury. The Emirates hope to welcome 25 million visitors there.

Expo-2020 promises to unveil architectural wonders and technological innovations in its numerous pavilions, representing more than 190 countries. The first World's Fair was held in London in 1851 at the Crystal Palace, a structure built for the occasion. And in Paris, the 1889 exhibition unveiled the Eiffel Tower.

Expo-2020 in the Emirates also promises to be the biggest ever event in the Middle East, one year away from the World Cup to be held in wealthy neighboring Qatar. Dubai hopes to register 25 million visits for its six-month World Expo.

While the Japanese authorities had banned the public for its Tokyo Olympics, Dubai is opening its doors wide to foreign tourists who will have to wear masks and respect social distancing. Visitors must have been vaccinated or have a negative PCR test.

Hyperloop and sarcophagus

Among the expected attractions: Harlem Globetrotters and a Chinese panda robot. Fans of futuristic travel can visit a Hyperloop cabin, while history buffs will have the opportunity to see an ancient sarcophagus in the Egyptian pavilion.

China boasts of having one of the largest, bulb-shaped pavilions, while Morocco has built its own in earth for environmental reasons. The Dutch will have a pyramid covered with edible plants and irrigated by solar rainwater.

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