DUBAI, October 1, 2021 (WAM) – As Expo 2020 Dubai opened its doors to the world for the first time, crowds of visitors flocked to the spectacular site, eager to witness first-hand the first day of the first Universal Exhibition in the region.
Excitement levels were already high before the doors opened at 10 a.m. on the Sustainability Entrance Portal, with visitors lining up after traveling from all over the UAE and around the world to be among the first to see Expo 2020.
“I woke up at 6 a.m.,” said Mubarak Salah Al Hemeiri, 17, who came with his family from Al Ain, in the emirate of Abu Dhabi, and planned to spend the whole day at the site. of the Expo. “I don’t use social media. I came here to get my first impression. I’m so excited. I couldn’t imagine seeing this city in the middle of the desert.”
Dubai-based Italian Fabio Berti was also among the early risers, alongside his wife and children. “I am very happy to finally be able to see the Expo. I have been waiting for this for a long time.”
It was a sentiment shared by Viju Kumar, a resident of the United Arab Emirates for 15 years who visited the Expo with his wife, Nirmala, after driving from Abu Dhabi. “We’ve been waiting for this since last year. We’re excited to see what’s inside. We will be staying here all day,” Kumar said. Nirmala traveled to the United Arab Emirates from India to vacation with her husband and see Expo 2020.
Metra Jayakumar, a network engineer who works in Dublin, Ireland, also traveled to Dubai on vacation and to visit Expo 2020 with her husband, Sid, a business analyst. “I came to the Expo to explore! ”
Desmond Hayes, also from Ireland, was amazed to see the world in one place. “I’m here on vacation and visited several different countries at the Expo. The place itself is amazing,” he said. “The construction is amazing.”
“Making something from scratch,” was how Cara Fernando, a digital marketing entrepreneur from the Philippines, explained how Dubai developed the Expo site from scratch. “It’s amazing, so vibrant,” she said. “We will be staying here until tonight to watch the fireworks as well.”
Shaun Warner, who was present with his wife and two children, said making something out of nothing was “Dubai history” and exclaimed that the Expo site is “fantastic!”
“I came here to see the world in one place,” said Farrahana Hashim, a resident of Abu Dhabi in Malaysia who was with her husband and four children.
Education was on the program for Monica Adamin, who brought in a group of students for an awesome learning experience. “We bring students from Italy to participate in some educational labs inside the Italy pavilion. So we’ll have a general overview of the Expo and for the next three or four days we’ll be working in the pavilion, “she said.
Business was the top priority for Atik Roman, a native of Bangladesh, who traveled from Florida, USA, and said he “came here to see what kinds of investment opportunities are available.”
With up to 60 live events daily and over 200 pavilions, the Expo site comes to life during its 182 days of feasting the senses. Its dynamic, diverse and ever-changing entertainment program features an array of internationally renowned names and the sounds, rhythms and sights of a global cast of artists.
Expo 2020 Dubai is open every day until March 31, 2022, from 10 a.m. to midnight from Saturday to Wednesday and from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on Thursday and Friday.