Excitement for Expo 2020 in Dubai is building up as the United Arab Emirates has begun a one-year countdown of the grand event.
Events around the seven emirates of the country, including live performances in Dubai from global superstar Mariah Carey and acclaimed Emirati singer and Expo 2020 ambassador Hussain Al Jassmi, will provide a taste of what visitors can expect when the show finally kicks off next year October.
Expo 2020 will bring the world together, attracting 25 million people with 192 countries represented, in a spirit of celebration, collaboration and optimism for the future.
Reem Al Hashimy, director-general, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As we mark one-year-to-go until the UAE welcomes the world to Expo 2020, these spectacular nationwide celebrations will usher in the final leg of a historic journey and a major achievement not only for Dubai but for the entire UAE.
“So far, 2019 has been the year of delivery and the Expo 2020 site has been transformed by the completion of key construction milestones such as the Thematic Districts and the crowning of Al Wasl dome.
“The next 12 months will see us put the finishing touches to ensure an exceptional World Expo.
All the tickets to the one-year-to-go-event in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, which will also feature a special appearance by leading Bollywood actress Shraddha Kapoor and an eye-catching countdown at 2020 (20:20) on Burj Khalifa, were snapped up within two hours by people from 76 nationalities.
One hundred performing artists from 26 nationalities will keep the whole family entertained, while also highlighting the universal language of art and the global appeal of the next World Expo.
A live broadcast of the headliners as they perform in Dubai and the countdown LED show on Burj Khalifa will be streamed to the festivities in the other six emirates.