20 Million Visitors; Expo 2020 Dubai achieves remarkable milestone

By Salma C, Intern Reporter
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Expo 2020 Dubai, the largest global gathering of mankind since the beginning of the pandemic, has reached a remarkable milestone of 20 million visitors, a tremendous success that made history against obstacles.

As the world faces unprecedented challenges, 192 countries came together at Expo to showcase the best that their nations can offer, combining unparalleled cultural, educational and recreational experiences.

This extraordinary achievement has been driven by a number of attractions, including world leaders, state-of-the-art innovations, sports heroes, Grammy Award-winning artists, incredible architecture, Arab superstars, innovative forums, global cuisines, a guarantee of something new and amazing every day, and 32,000 events in various fields.

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Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum
Chairman – Higher Committee
Expo 2020 Dubai

“When we started this journey in 2013, and even before then as we prepared the bid for Expo 2020 Dubai, we had a dream to welcome the world to Dubai and the UAE for an unprecedented global gathering that would live long in hearts and minds.”

HH Sheikh Saeed Al Maktoum further added that, “That we have fulfilled this dream is already beyond doubt, but to achieve such a landmark number of visits is true testament to how the world has responded to what we have worked so long and hard to create. We trust that those millions of people will take their memories back to their families and friends, wherever they are from in the world, to continue the impressive work we have set in motion at Expo 2020 Dubai.”

Meanwhile, HE Sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, UAE Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, remarked that “The opportunity to safely unite the world in the wake of the pandemic to deliver an experience with real significance is one which we have not taken for granted, and we are thrilled that Expo 2020 Dubai has proved so impressively popular.

“In the spirit of optimism, millions of visitors and participants have come together, not only to witness and enjoy something truly remarkable, but to also work together to drive positive social and environmental impact. Expo 2020 Dubai has demonstrated exceptional capability and agility in achieving a consistently high turnout amid continuing global challenges, and, as we begin our bittersweet countdown to the final curtain, we are proud of the collective efforts of all those involved.”

This historic achievement will be celebrated with a special projection on the Al Wasl Dome and spectacular fireworks.

About 70 percent of Expo 2020 Dubai guests are UAE domestic visitors. According to the latest figures, children under the age of 18 have visited the expo more than 2.8 million times, and the global event will inspire the next generation of innovators and change-makers.

There is still a chance to experience what made Expo 2020 Dubai so successful, Water Week, examining how to save our most precious resource today, for tomorrow. The 10th and final Theme Week of Expo 2020 Dubai, takes place in the third week of March, the week as part of a program for people and the planet trying to explore the most crucial challenges and opportunities for mankind.

With just a fortnight to go before its curtain falls, Expo 2020 Dubai will continue to host high-quality entertainment over the next two weeks. It’s now or never, before it’s gone forever.

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