Dubai Expo comes to a shining end

 Friday, April 1, 2022 

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Expo 2020 has waved farewell after a six-month run with a closing ceremony in Dubai. The event was hosted in the breath-taking Al Wasl Plaza, offering a moment of pride for the United Arab Emirates and a spectacular visual feast for viewers from around the world.

The showcase was designed to be a celebration of everything the event has achieved – and of all those who made it happen. With a team led by creative visionary Franco Dragone, the closing ceremony sought to reflect how Expo 2020 Dubai has touched the lives of all who have visited, while heightening the myriad of memories made on site.

A world-class production, pioneering technology, immersive laser projectors, emotive music and no less than three firework displays all worked together to heighten the spectacle. Sheikh Nahayan said that his country was honoured to host millions of visitors from all around the world, as the UAE has always been a place where all people meet.

Among the hosts he considered the generations of the future, particularly hundreds of thousands of our visitors, who were hosted by the Expo School Programme to be the most important. They are the agents of positive change who will strive for a more sustainable, safer, better world for all, said the Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence.

As guests and performers gathered in the garden of Al Wasl one last time, celebrated cellist Yo-Yo Ma gave an emotional performance of Gabriel’s Oboe followed by Going Home, before Al Wasl Dome was transformed into a galaxy of stars.

With singers and the Firdaus Orchestra performing the Expo 2020 Dubai theme song, This is our Time, an undeniable highlight of the show was the underwater scene with dancers waving huge swirling blue sheets which were then opened – in perfectly synchronised fashion – to reveal the 192 flags of the participating countries, creating a circle of flags representing the world and everyone standing together.

With another round of spellbinding fireworks, pop icon Christina Aguilera rounded off the show in spectacular fashion, belting out a stunning rendition of the Greatest Showman’s A Million Dreams.

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