The Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony was nothing short of an event filled with star-studded performances on Thursday, September 30, 2021.

With eight years in the making, every detail was immaculately planned as guests witnessed this awe-inspiring event from across the globe.

From visionaries who shared their plans for the event to heartfelt performances by legendary artists, the Al Wasl Plaza became a highlight worldwide. The Expo’s message of unity, optimism and perseverance was clearly exuded through each and every speech and performance.

With the event all set to take place until March 1, 2022, Emirates Woman can’t help but look back at all the key moments from the ceremony.

His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan’s speech

The gripping speech elaborated on the UAE’s efforts and hard work that went into Expo 2020 Dubai. His Excellency Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan during his speech said “Together, we will convey, from the UAE to the world, on our 50th anniversary, a message of tolerance, co-existence and peace.” By shedding light on the UAE’s plans for the future and development over the years, we couldn’t be more proud of all that the country has achieved so far with more in the pipeline.

Ahlam Al Shamsi’s welcoming performance

 

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The Emirati-pop star Ahlam’s music embodied Dubai’s DNA through each note. She debuted Fi Dubai (In Dubai) which paid homage to the country’s rich traditional history and what it clearly stands for. The song’s lyrics translated into “We are blessed and we stand united. Rise as one and one with love.”

Mira Sing stole the show

 

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The Dubai-born Indian performer stole hearts everywhere as she became one of the key highlights of the ceremony. From starting as a child model in various commercials to taking a leap and performing at the mega event, the 12-year old star’s talent was seen and loved by all. She highlighted her role as a young local girl who’s observing the challenges of today and representing hope for the future.

Ellie Goulding’s captivating performance

 

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The chart-topping British singer Ellie Goulding performed the uplifting version of Anything Can Happen. She performed against the backdrop of a magical cotton candy-sky and instilled optimism into each one who witnessed her breathtaking act.

A domino reveal of the flags

 

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With 192 pavilions representing their culture and heritage at this beautifully planned event. The event presented a moment when the Expo’s 192 participating nations, revealed their flags via a domino effect. It was a visually stunning and proud moment for all, showcasing how all nations are standing together as one.

The stunning fireworks

 

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With the UAE always known for its scintillating fireworks display, Expo 2020 Dubai displayed just the same. Fireworks lit up the sky around the dome, with a birds-eye view streamed all around the world.

Andrea Bocelli’s final act

 

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The celebrated Italian tenor raised the roof at Expo 2020’s opening ceremony. He sang ‘The Prayer’ as he stood in front of the ‘Tree of life’ and truly enamoured the audience with his noteworthy performance. His stunning performance brought the house down, as it closed the programme with this grand finale act.

You can watch the opening ceremony below:

For all the details regarding this special event, Emirates Woman has created a guide for a seamless experience.

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