Expo 2020 Dubai receives 20 million visits
The number of visits to Expo 2020 Dubai increased to 20 million visits as of Saturday, March 19, achieving a historic achievement, which became a milestone in the history of international exhibitions, despite all the challenges and difficulties facing its organization in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. The international event was able to bring the world together on the soil of the United Arab Emirates in the largest global gathering since the outbreak of the pandemic.
Expo 2020 Dubai was able to deal with unprecedented flexibility with unprecedented challenges, as the largest event ever held in the Arab world and the region was able to organize distinctive and exceptional experiences that combine culture, education and entertainment, as well as the meeting of 192 countries in one place to showcase their best in all domains.
Since its inception, Expo 2020 Dubai has organized about 32,000 events, including participation by state leaders, sports celebrities, and art stars, in addition to the amazing architecture, innovative forums, international food, and events that showcase the latest innovations, to guarantee its visitors new and amazing experiences every day. A day in the first International Expo to be held in the region, which contributed to Expo 2020 Dubai achieving this historic achievement in terms of the number of visits.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President of the Dubai Civil Aviation Authority, President of Dubai Airports, Chief Executive Officer of Emirates Airlines and Group, and Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee, said: “When we started this journey in 2013, and even before that when we were working on the candidacy file to host the event. Expo 2020 Dubai, our goal and vision was to welcome the whole world to Dubai and the United Arab Emirates and to organize an unprecedented global gathering that immortalizes hearts and minds.”
His Highness added: "There is no doubt that we have turned this dream into reality, but Expo 2020 Dubai's registration for this number of visits is a true testament to how the world responded to the tireless and serious efforts of the UAE to organize this international event. We are confident that the millions of visitors who came to Expo 2020 Dubai from all over the world will return with unforgettable memories to share with their family and friends, wherever they are, and continue the amazing work on what we launched at Expo 2020 Dubai.”
Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Commissioner-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, said: "Unifying the world in safe conditions in the wake of the pandemic was an opportunity and a challenge for us, and we are overwhelmed with happiness that Expo 2020 Dubai achieved this impressive public turnout."
His Excellency added: "Millions of visitors and participants gathered, not only to live a distinct experience in every sense of the word, but also to work hand in hand to make a positive social and environmental impact. Expo 2020 Dubai demonstrated exceptional ability and flexibility in achieving great and continuous turnout in light of challenges. With the countdown to the closing of the curtain on Expo 2020 Dubai, we are proud of the collective efforts of all those responsible for and participants in this work.
This historic achievement is scheduled to be celebrated with a special display at the Al Wasl Dome, and a spectacular array of fireworks, later on Saturday, starting at 20:30 UAE time.
Visitors from within the Emirates had the largest share of visits, reaching about 70 percent.
The latest statistics show that children under the age of 18 have visited Expo 2020 Dubai more than 2.8 million times, with the international event inspiring the next generation of innovators and change-makers.
There is still an opportunity for those wishing to enjoy the experiences that made the success story of Expo 2020 Dubai, with the organization of the Water Week at Expo 2020 Dubai, which runs from 20 to 26 March, and addresses the most important ways that can enable us to protect our most valuable resources available today in order to The future, and this week is the tenth and final week of the ten thematic weeks organized by Expo 2020 Dubai within the framework of the Man and Planet Earth programme, which aims to explore the best opportunities and confront the most pressing challenges facing humanity.
National Day celebrations will also continue at Expo 2020 Dubai, as a number of countries around the world will celebrate their national days at the site of the international event, including Canada (March 19), Pakistan (March 23), South Africa (March 28) and India (March 28). This is followed by the organization of the Honorary Day of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, in its capacity as the supervising authority for international exhibitions, on 30 March.
The international event will host the third edition of the running race at Expo 2020 Dubai, on March 26, bringing the curtain down on this highly successful sports series, while the program of entertainment events and high-quality activities continues to delight visitors over the next two weeks.
With only 13 days left before the curtain comes down on the events of the international event on March 31, the international event adopts the slogan "Don't miss the last opportunity, it will not be available again."
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