Expo-2020: Dubai opens its doors for biggest global event since the start of the pandemic

Friday, October 1, 2021 at 2:34 pm

DUBAI – The city of Dubai has been living at the pace of Expo-2020 since Thursday, the biggest event globally since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Officially inaugurated by the Crown Prince of Dubai, Sheikh Hamdan Ben Mohammed Ben Rached Al Maktoum, this world-class event welcomes more than 190 countries who come to “think about the world of tomorrow”.

“This Expo 2020 marks a new chapter in history in Dubai, the first to be held in a country in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region,” the organizers said in a statement.

The opening ceremony, which took place in the presence of several Emirati leaders, was marked by illumination projections and effects that illuminate the “heart” of the Expo 2020 site, Al-Wasl Plaza, an enclosed futuristic dome, a symbol of Islamic architecture. Was. .

The ceremony was complemented by concerts by famous Arab and foreign artists to the delight of the audience such as Emirati artist Ahlam, the great Italian Andrea Bocelli, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and British singer Ellie Goulding.

Around 25 million visitors are expected to visit the exhibition, which was postponed last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Visitors must be vaccinated or have a negative PCR test. According to the organisers, all preventive measures have been taken to avoid the spread of coronavirus, especially wearing masks and respecting social distancing.

With a budget of $7 billion, Expo Dubai 2020, which will take place over 6 months from October 1 to March 31, 2022, promises to unveil architectural marvels and technological innovations representing the participating countries.

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Morocco participates in this exhibition under the banner “Heritage for the Future, From Inspiring Origins to Sustainable Progress”. The Kingdom’s participation is an invitation to visitors to (re)discover the country, its history, its identity, its brilliance, but also its tangible achievements in various fields.

Located in the heart of the Opportunity District, near the UAE Pavilion and not far from Al Wasal Plaza, the central monument of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, the Morocco Pavilion will feature an artistic and cultural program, in addition to a permanent exhibition. Economic and scientific diverse, rich and inspiring.

Through three key themes, the Moroccan Pavilion will show the world the commitment of the state to the future of the planet, the wealth of the country with its talents, from here and elsewhere, as well as the dynamics of progress in which Morocco is taking.

With the aim of providing a unique experience to the visitor, Morocco’s permanent exhibition is designed as a promenade within its pavilion, with 13 rooms opening doors.

Each of them constitutes an original space, playing on the effect of wonder produced by the presented elements that (re)discovering Morocco and providing a strong continuum linking its past, present and future. ‘It builds itself.

Each door that opens will allow the visitor to see and experience a (new) aspect of Morocco, its dynamism and the dynamics of its progress (meet its greatest, Moroccan explorers, Movement, Travel to Morocco, Connection and Growth Room . , Reveal Africa. , Moroccan artist) for his commitment to the future of the planet (Bubble of Life, Argan Stories, Plants Power, Release the Energy Room).

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This tour, which differs from a classic museum tour, immerses the visitor in a strong immersive experience, sometimes interactive, sometimes playful, involving the body and not just the mind, so as to reach all audiences.

For the youngest, the Moroccan Pavilion offers an innovative game experience in augmented reality, inviting them to find a certain number of clues and solve new puzzles.

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