The opening ceremony features impressive performances on the theme of the World’s Fair “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. The first Middle East World Expo 2020 kicked off in Dubai on Thursday night, with organizers calling the showpiece an “event of the century”.
Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening ceremony was broadcast live in more than 430 locations in the UAE, from airports and shopping malls to hotels and other key locations.
The event took place in a 67-meter-high dome and featured an international program of music and cultural performances.
Expo 2020 Dubai’s Chief Events and Entertainment Officer Tariq Ghosh said, “We wanted to present the event of the century to the country simply because failure was not an option and we needed to meet the expectations of Dubai and the UAE. ۔ ” He said in a media briefing before the ceremony.
Exhibitors from around 200 countries will attend the six-month global festival.
Dubai won the bid to host the event in 2013, making it the first global expo in the Middle East.
The 90-minute opening ceremony was watched by VIP guests, including members of the UAE royal family and other dignitaries, and featured high-tech performances by UAE-based actors and international artists.
Among them was Tanner Andrea Boselli. Actress, singer, and songwriter Indira Dey, British singer-songwriter Eli Golding, pianist Lang Lang and four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.
We wanted to make sure that the story we were telling the world was a great Emirati, but with global DNA, and presented the themes of Expo 2020 Dubai through art and technology.
The event was attended by more than 900 cast members representing 64 countries, including the United Arab Emirates.
Kate Randall, vice president of events and programming at Expo 2020 Dubai, told Arab News that auditions for the opening ceremony took place in March 2021 in the United Arab Emirates.
“We auditioned around 42 people and those who were successful took part in the event. They include both professionals and volunteers who have never performed before.
The evening began with a speech by Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai. Reading in Arabic, he narrated the story of the founder of the UAE, highlighting his belief in unity, innovation, and tolerance, and said that Expo 2020 Dubai also celebrates the UAE’s 50th anniversary.
“We have always tried to make life better with the vision of our leaders in mind,” he said. “We are focused on investing in human development, expanding our infrastructure, diversifying our economy, and creating opportunities for prosperity and development for everyone.”
The opening ceremony marks the beginning of one of the largest international events since the outbreak of the global epidemic.
Sheikh Al Nahyan added, “Amidst all the challenges facing the world, our presence here is a testament to our deep commitment and desire to make the world a better place for all.” By hosting Expo 2020, our goal is to send a message of tolerance and that we are ready to cooperate with the rest of the world.
Expo 2020 will bring together 192 countries for the first time in the 170-year history of the Dubai World Expo. Under the “One Nation, One Pavilion” policy, each will represent its own pavilion.
The opening ceremony highlighted the UAE’s message of tolerance and hope for the future, with a spectacular three-act show directed by Belgian theater director Franco Dragon.
Artists dressed in stunning costumes and high-tech costumes added to the spectacle.
In the performance, I had a young Emirati girl who represented hope for all. Throughout the ceremony, she was seen wearing a long traditional Emirati pink dress adorned with gold ornaments.
Focusing on Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme “Connecting Minds, Shaping the Future”, the event told the story of humanity and the planet. The spectators were guided by Meera, who spoke of the beauty and power of the human soul and its ability to connect all the people and elements of the natural world.
The last act, “Creation of the Future”, reflects the themes of living in harmony and the opportunities of humanity to create the “perfect garden”.
A dynamic performance by Boselli closed the evening. As Tennor’s voice echoes around the El Wasil dome, a bright tree can be seen rising from the stage, while artists in elaborate costumes perform a triumphant dance.
Guests commented on the emotional power of the performance. “It was very heartbreaking, I don’t know what to say,” someone could be heard saying as she walked out of the ceremony.
“It was a feat to pull off. They worked hard,” said another.
Roseman Madhoji, a Dubai-based media personality, told Media: “It was a beautifully crafted selection of artists, and I liked the storytelling element. Everything from the staff greetings to the security was very smooth.