Expo 2020 is set to be one of the biggest events Dubai has ever seen, and the Crown Prince of the emirate is ensuring as many people as possible are able to experience the six-month-long extravaganza.

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council, declared that government employees will be able to enjoy extra paid leave in order to be able to experience everything Expo 2020 Dubai has to offer.

Between October 1, 2021, the first official day of Expo 2020, and March 31, 2022, the final day of the mega-event, government employees will be able to avail six days extra of paid leave.

“Our goal is to implement the Expo’s theme of ‘Connecting minds, creating the future’ practically,” Sheikh Hamdan said. “We want our team to be familiar with creative ideas from all over the world.

“The aim is to reach the highest levels of excellence. This calls for reviewing successful experiences to inspire new ideas that will help achieve the ambitious goals set by the UAE as it prepares for the next 50 years.”

After being delayed by a full year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 will officially begin on October 1, with the opening ceremony taking place on September 30, 2021.

On Monday, SheikhHamdan also paid a visit to the Expo 2020 site ahead of the official opening.

His Highness praised the teams on the ground of Expo 2020 and highlighted that this was how Dubai would pave its way into the future.

“This is how we create the future, right here from Expo 2020 Dubai,” he said. “I am so proud of our teams for all their efforts to make this a reality and I also thank our National Service personnel for their outstanding efforts.”

Expo 2020 Duabi will showcase over 200 participating pavilions – 191 of which are country pavilions – demonstrating the best of art, music, architecture, technology and culture from around the world.

Spanning across the six-month event, there will be ten theme weeks to address global challenges such as climate change, health and wellness, water protection and travel and connectivity and much more.

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