Dazzling start to Expo 2020 Dubai


Expo 2020 Dubai got off to a rousing start on Thursday with an immersive audiovisual show and breathtaking performances.

The sprawling site's Al Wasl Plaza came alive with a stunning display of visuals, music and performances.

The venue was decked up in more than 30,000 lights, with the Al Wasl Dome forming a 360-degree display.

Among those who performed tonight were world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, Grammy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actress, singer and songwriter Andra Day; Platinum-selling British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding; international pianist Lang Lang; and four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.


The event was declared officially open by His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Dubai's Crown Prince and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council.

Attendees witnessed a groundbreaking show with star-studded performances, special effects, larger-than-life props and spectacular visuals displayed on the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface.

The ceremony perfectly showcased the talents and creativity of the UAE and the world.

It's the first event of its kind to be held in Al Wasl Plaza, the heart of Expo 2020.

As the stage revolved, cutting-edge theatrical techniques involving sound, light and projections brought the show to life.

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