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UAE marks one year before Expo 2020 with spectacular events

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Oct. 21, 19 | 5:46 pm

DUBAI: The United Arab Emirates – from Abu Dhabi to Fujairah and Ras Al Khaimah – last night went into a celebratory mood with breath taking events in what was called, “One Year to Go until Expo 2020 Dubai,” the much awaited next big thing dubbed as the “World’s Greatest Show.”

Iconic international superstar Mariah Carey as well as acclaimed Emirati singer and Expo 2020 Ambassador Hussain Al Jassmi led the celebrations in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai.

Filipinos and fellow expats were enthralled by the hour-long sets packed with the performers’ greatest hits. Noteworthy was that some 70 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) with the Expo 2020 team were among those who busied themselves during preparations for last night’s event, The Filipino Times learned.

Burj Khalifa meantime set off at 8:20 pm or 2020, a jaw-dropping LED and fireworks show that launched the 12-month countdown to Oct. 20, 2020, the start of the Expo, the largest event ever staged in the Arab world which will open its doors for an unmissable 173 days of inspiration, innovation and fun.

Top-class events were held simultaneously from 5pm to 10pm across the six other emirates:
• Louvre Abu Dhabi;
• Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah;
• Ajman Museum;
• Umm Al Quwain Corniche;
• Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah; and
• Fujairah Fort.

Celebrations
The celebrations, which were all held free, underscored the UAE’s ever-growing excitement and pride as it prepares to host the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Each drew a bustling crowd and featured musicians, painters, poets and other figures from the UAE’s flourishing cultural scene, as well as great food, craft areas for children, live streams of Dubai’s headline acts and plenty more, organizers said.
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, expressed elation because last night’s event was launched only last week.

“This was a wonderful ‘Be There’ moment for the nation. We launched our newest campaign – ‘Be There for the World’s Greatest Show’ – only last week. Tonight gave the entire UAE and the wider world a tantalizing glimpse of what Expo 2020 Dubai will offer in just 12 months from now – and proved exactly why everybody will want to be there for an unmissable landmark in our history,” he said.

Bollywood
Organizers said appearance from Bollywood actress and singer Shraddha Kapoor added further star quality to happenings at Burj Park, while five UAE-based musicians of diverse genres performed a song they had written especially for the “One Year to Go” celebrations. Their collaboration will feature in a documentary titled ‘Musical Encounters’ to be released shortly.

Across all seven emirates meantime, performances by 100 artists from 26 different nationalities highlighted the nation’s rich talent pool and multicultural modern society, as well as the global appeal of Expo 2020.

More than 100,000 plastic bottles were saved during the national celebrations as part of the ‘Be Water Wise’ initiative – a collaboration between Expo 2020 and the UAE Water Aid Foundation, Suqia UAE, to raise awareness about water scarcity and single-use plastic. In line with Expo’s subtheme of Sustainability, free drinking water and 98 per cent biodegradable and compostable paper water bottles were provided to all visitors, performers and staff.

Expo 2020 Dubai will bring together 192 participating nations and an anticipated 25 million visits, showcasing the best in technology, architecture, gastronomy, culture and more while also exploring how humanity can shape a more sustainable tomorrow through the theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”

Organizers encourage everyone to join the journey to Expo 2020 through a variety of options from Expo Live’s pioneering social projects helping communities around the globe, to the volunteers programme, which will see a diverse mix of 30,000 UAE residents and expats become the “face” of the next World Expo.

More details are being announced about The World’s Greatest Show of human brilliance and achievement on a continuous basis. Stay in the know by visiting expo2020dubai.com or follow any of Expo’s social media channels.

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