With preparations for Expo 2020 in full swing, leaders of the country His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, inaugurated the Al Wasl Plaza yesterday. As it is connected to the three districts based on the subthemes of the Expo 2020 Dubai site — mobility, sustainability, and opportunity — the Plaza is being dubbed the “beating heart” of the Expo.
HH Sheikh Mohammed took to Twitter to announce, “Today, my brother Mohamed bin Zayed and I launched Al Wasl Plaza at the Expo 2020 Dubai site. The giant dome will be the heart of the Expo site that will bring together 192 countries. 38,000 employees are working round the clock to organize the world’s largest show. We are ready.”
He added: “Expo 2020 Dubai, which opens in October and runs until April 2021, is set to attract 192 countries, and 25 million visitors, 70 percent of whom will come outside the country. The event is expected to receive an average of 150,000 visitors a day. Peak day visitor numbers are expected to total 300,000.”
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed wrote: “Through Expo 2020, we will show the world how our union was the starting point for our development journey, and how our founding fathers established the robust foundations necessary for sustainable development and progress. We will also have an opportunity to demonstrate how the spirit of collaboration is embedded deep in our national ethos and serves as a means for progress and development.” Adding: “The world will also be able to better understand the achievements we have accomplished in the short period since our nation’s foundation and will learn about our traditions and heritage, our diversity and our experience of peaceful coexistence.”
My brother, Mohammed bin Rashid, and I opened Al Wasl Square, the beating heart of Expo 2020 Dubai. From this site, we will tell the world the story of UAE, our values & achievements. This land will remain an oasis of coexistence and a meeting place for the people of the world. pic.twitter.com/IJGxhhIFC8
— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) January 29, 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai, which opens in October 2020 and runs until April 2021, is set to draw in 192 nations, and 25 million guests.