Expo Dubai 2020 Opens with Star-Studded Ceremony, Fireworks and Live Streaming

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The opening ceremony took place on Thursday, September 30 and was streamlined live to more than 430 locations across the United Arab Emirates, and on screens in New York Times Square.

City dwellers in New York were able to watch Expo 2020 Dubai’s spectacular opening ceremony with the event shown live on over sized screens at Times Square.

Both the 37-metre-high Nasdaq screen and the Thomson Reuters display that spans 23 storeys, with seven separate screens, showed the opening ceremony for one hour from 2030-2130 Gulf Standard Time Zone, which is just after midday in New York.

This was followed at the site of the event with spectacular fireworks displays seen in Dubai – marking the first full day of the Expo in visual celebration commemorating, the journey from winning the bid in 2013 – to opening the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region.

Audiences were treated to performances from: world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli; Grammy-nominated, Golden-Globe-winning actress, singer and songwriter Andra Day; platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding; international mega-star pianist Lang Lang; and four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.

The Opening Ceremony took place at Expo 2020’s Al Wasl Plaza dome, which is the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface, measuring 130 metres wide and 60 metres high.

Considered to be the largest global event held since the start of the pandemic, the Expo Dubai 2020 was postponed by a year due to the outbreak of covid-19. It was eight years in the planning.  The six–month long extravaganza expects to draw visitors worldwide to Dubai.


Images by Dubai Expo 2020.