DUBAI, 1st October / WAM / Yesterday, Al Wasl Square, the beating heart of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, hosted the opening ceremony of the international event, and the world’s attention was directed through the live broadcast and the audience to the giant circular plaza dome, which was covered with a spectrum of colors in an exhilarating scene, drawing a wonderful painting for the experience The dazzling and inspiring, which visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai will be on a date with over the six months of the international event from today until March 31, 2022.
Emirati artist Rashid Al Nuaimi began the extraordinary ceremony with an impressive performance of the national anthem of the United Arab Emirates, while members of the Dubai police raised the flag of the Emirates, while fireworks went off in red, white and green colors, decorating the sky of Al Wasl Square.
With his discreet performance and his distinguished voice, Emirati artist Hussein Al Jasmi welcomed the guests of the ceremony in Al Wasl Square with the song “Hayy Al Shahama”, one of the poetic masterpieces of the founding father, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, “may God rest his soul”, in honor of those who devoted their lives to serving the country and its well-being.
As the world steps towards the future, it was necessary to take a look at history and evoke the past that shaped the features of this future, with its hopes and ambitions. Therefore, the scene of the presentation of the great Sheikh Al-Saruq’s golden ring to the little girl was one of the distinguished performances that told the story of the “Expo 2020 Dubai” logo in poetic words. Thin.. the visual effects formed a dazzling artistic and engineering painting that adorned the dome of Al Wasl Square and embodied the connection and union of minds around the world.
Followers and guests of Al Wasl Square witnessed the entry of three flag bearers raising the flag of the United Arab Emirates, the flag of the International Bureau of Exhibitions and the flag of Expo 2020 Dubai. The flags continued to appear with Angelique Kidjo singing in the French language, complementing the Middle East, Asia and Africa group.
Angélique Kidjo participated in this paragraph with the Saudi artist Mohammed Abdo with his warm voice, while the flag bearers were making their way to the main stage.. A chorus of virtual voices from around the world joined to perform the last sections of the song in English, and on the stage, Hussein Al Jasmi, Maysa Qara and Almas participated. In the performance of “This Is Our Time”, the official song of “Expo 2020 Dubai”, a choir of children spread behind and around the singers.
This was followed by the speech of His Excellency Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, in which he confirmed that we are witnessing today a new chapter of a story that began fifty years ago, its heroes, the leaders and sons of this nation, in which the values that built their souls, ambitions and confidence in their abilities are reflected. To achieve what is better for them and for others, where the United Arab Emirates in 1970 and in the Japanese city of Osaka represented itself for the first time on the World Expo platform in a pavilion whose design was inspired by the Al Jahili Fort in Al Ain, which was founded by the late Sheikh Zayed Bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, may God rest his soul, .. That was a year and a half before the establishment of the union; And what began with a belief and joint work between our founding leaders, the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum, may God rest their souls.
His Excellency added: In our golden jubilee year, we share what we have learned with the world, and by connecting minds, we can achieve achievements that some thought were impossible. This is the same vision that prompted us to present the bid to host the World Expo in 2011 and was the reason for choosing the slogan Connecting Minds and Creating the Future.
His Excellency said: Today, 192 countries are gathered, each one represented by its own pavilion, which is unprecedented in the 170-year history of the World Expo. Expo 2020 is a message that tolerance is our approach, and that we welcome work and cooperation with all peoples of the world, and with the communication of our minds we will sow the seeds of progress over the next 100 years.
His Excellency added: This is the vision that we must bear in our minds; Today, we say to the world, welcome to the United Arab Emirates and Expo 2020, which will be an important field for acquaintance, dialogue and joint action among all the people of the world; Welcome to launch together from the Emirates to the world in its fiftieth year a message of tolerance, coexistence and peace, a message of progress, goodness and development, a message of brotherhood, happiness and a firm desire to achieve a prosperous future for all.
Then His Excellency Dimitri Kirkentzes, Secretary-General of the International Bureau of Exhibitions, the supervising authority of international exhibitions, took to the podium to talk about the reasons for choosing the United Arab Emirates to host this huge event, stressing that this event is a historic event for World Expos, and a prominent station in the march of Dubai and the country The United Arab Emirates, and it is a way to showcase the latest innovative solutions to the problems facing the world.
While the Paradise Orchestra was playing the BIE anthem, the BIE flag was hoisted on the main pole along with the flag of the United Arab Emirates and the flag of Expo 2020 Dubai.
His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Executive Council of the Emirate of Dubai, welcomed the guests of Al Wasl Square, officially announcing the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, while the Expo 2020 Dubai logo appeared on the crown of the dome with dazzling effects similar to pearl beads rising in a beautiful spiral movement outward.
Emirati singer Ahlam Al Shamsi presented the song “Flame of Equality” accompanied by the Paradise Orchestra on the stage to represent the torch of equality that the UAE celebrates.
And because the stars are signs that guide people to their path, the show “We All Follow the Same Star” was sparkling with the stars that decorated the dome of Al Wasl Square..
In an expression of the pursuit of harmony in this world, the scene of the girl climbing a ladder and saying “Here is the world in careful search” in Arabic and English, before the lights turned to the pioneering pianist in the world of classical music Lang Lang, who played a wonderful piece expressing the A new hope that lights the horizon with a powerful performance.
In a show that embodies the historical fame of the UAE for pearl fishing, the lights formed a scene of the ocean floor, in which the presenters performed movements similar to tides, to represent the flowing movement of the ocean that embodies the preservation of the life of living creatures and life on the planet.
Amidst the Clouds and the Cloud Dancers, British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding performed a song about dreams and inspiring each other on the main stage; The cloud-like sculptures on display represented the movement of ideas and information across borders.
In a presentation that expresses the need of humanity to work together hand in hand to build a better future, five groups appeared to form a human tower in which each member cooperates to form this harmonious tower, to pass a symbolic water bowl towards the top; Reflecting the lights on the top of the crown, a caravan of people appeared making their way through the landscape, and the caravan finally reached a beautiful destination, where peoples of different cultures, religions and affiliations meet, and singer and songwriter Andra Day sings her song in her warm voice, in which she hopes to see the light that will lead us to a world security.
Finally, the young heroine begins to wander amidst a perfect vibrant garden, expressing a vision of an ideal world for humanity and reminding the viewer of the fact that hope is a seed that must be nurtured and that our actions give it life.. On the grounds of Al Wasl Square, the garden was blooming everywhere, While the performers rose from the floor born from the womb of nature, wearing fantasy costumes inspired by the beauty and colors of nature.
The ceremony concluded with a wonderful song by Italian artist Andrea Bocelli about the relationship between our minds, creativity and ideas, which represents the essence of what Expo 2020 Dubai represents and embodies its motto “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”