levels were already high before the gates were opened at 10am at the Sustainability
Entry Portal, with visitors lining up after travelling from all over the UAE
and around the world to be among the first to see Expo 2020.
woke up at 6am,” said 17-year-old Mubarak Salah Al Hemeiri, who came with his family
from Al Ain, Abu Dhabi emirate, and planned to spend the whole day at the Expo
site. “I don’t use social media. I came here to get my own first impression. I’m
so excited. I couldn’t imagine seeing this city in the middle of the desert.”
Fabio Berti, from Italy, was also among the early birds, alongside his wife and
children. “I am very happy to finally be able to see the Expo. I have been
waiting a long time for this.”
was a sentiment shared by Viju Kumar, a UAE resident for the past 15 years who
visited Expo with his wife, Nirmala, after driving from Abu Dhabi. “We have
been waiting for this since last year. We are excited to see what’s inside.
We’ll stay here for the whole day,” Kumar said. Nirmala travelled to the UAE from
India to spend a holiday with her husband and see Expo 2020.
Jayakumar, a network engineer who works in Dublin, Ireland, also travelled to
Dubai on holiday and to visit Expo 2020 with her husband, Sid, a business
analyst. “I came to Expo to explore!”
Hayes, also from Ireland, was awed at seeing the world in one place. “I am here
on vacation and have visited several different countries at Expo… The place in
itself is amazing,” he said. “The construction is unbelievable.”
something from nothing” is how Cara Fernando, a digital marketing entrepreneur from
the Philippines, referred to how Dubai has developed the Expo site from scratch.
“It’s amazing … so vibrant,” she said. “We are going to stay here till tonight
to also watch the fireworks.”
Warner, who attended with his wife and two children, said that making something
from nothing is “the story of Dubai” and exclaimed that the Expo site is
came here to see the world in one place,” said Farrahana Hashim, an Abu Dhabi
resident from Malaysia who was with her husband and four children.
was on the agenda for Monica Adamin, who brought a group of students for an
awe-inspiring learning experience. “We are bringing students all the way from
Italy to take part in some educational laboratories inside the Italy Pavilion. So,
we’ll have a general look of the Expo and for the next three or four days, we
will be working in the pavilion,” she said.
was the priority for Atik Roman, originally from Bangladesh, who travelled from
Florida, USA, and said that he “came here to see what kind of opportunities for
investment are available”.
up to 60 live events each day
and more than 200 pavilions, the Expo site is coming alive during its 182-day
feast for the senses. Its dynamic, diverse and ever-changing entertainment programme
features an array of internationally celebrated names and the sounds, rhythms
and sights of a global cast of performers.
2020 Dubai is open every day until 31 March 2022, from 10am to midnight from
Saturday to Wednesday and 10am to 2am on Thursday and Friday.