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October 1, 2021

Dubai Expo 2020's Opening Ceremony unites Millions around the World.

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020

Photos: Expo 2020 Dubai Opening Ceremony. Images provided by Expo 2020 Dubai.

DUBAI, 30 September 2021 - A glittering line-up of stars helped welcome the world to Expo 2020 Dubai with the Opening Ceremony watched by a 3,000-strong audience, as well as the millions across the globe.

The inclusive World Expo was officially underway with the golden ring - the inspiration for the Expo 2020 Dubai logo - raised to the trellis of the magnificent Al Wasl Plaza and the spectacular setting.

In addition to music from some of the most influential artists and a beautiful live orchestra, a sensory overload of powerful visuals beamed across Al Wasl Plaza’s dome, the giant 360-degree projection screen. More than 3,000 lighting fixtures, 1,000 speakers, 1,300 costumes, and passion and emotion from each of the 1,000-plus participating performers and volunteers also contributed to a one-of-a-kind spectacle of masterful artistic collaboration.

The flags of 192 participating nations opened one by one via a domino effect. It was a proud and visually stunning moment that also signified a reawakening of the world.

It was celebrated tenor Andrea Bocelli who brought the house down, rounding off the night’s electrifying proceedings with one of his all-time classics, The Prayer.

Before that, chart-topping British vocalist Ellie Goulding belted out a resounding, uplifting version of Anything Can Happen. Next, Andra Day enraptured the audience with Rise-Up. Next, Chinese concert pianist Lang Lang wowed with his magic. Finally, four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Angelique Kidjo and renowned Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu sang John Legend’s mighty Are You Out There?

The artistic prowess of Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s all-women ensemble, the Firdaus Orchestra, comprising 50 musicians from across the Arab world, also proved a pivotal part of the ceremony’s inspiring journey.

Scott Givens, Executive Producer, Expo 2020 Opening Ceremony, who co-curated and co-produced the show with Franco Dragone, Artistic Director, said: “We picked artists that had songs that belonged in the ceremony and that tied in with Expo’s themes.

“Of course, we wanted to represent the world, we wanted to be plural, and we wanted to reflect the diversity of our planet. I’m very proud of the combination of talent that we’ve brought together to do this and the way they’ve executed the story.”

A feeling of warmth, respect, togetherness, and camaraderie was palpable throughout the celebration, which also demonstrated that the world is ready to re-embrace live events. As a result, the stage is now set for Expo 2020 Dubai to host one of the most significant cultural gatherings in the world. The Expo would be presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days. More than 200 participants, including nations, multilateral organizations, businesses, and educational institutions, along with millions of visitors, would create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever.

Source: Expo 2020 Dubai


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