As Dubai gears up to host the biggest global event following the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has showcased just how far the emirate has come in five short years.

The Dubai Ruler recently paid a visit to the Dubai Expo 2020 site ahead of its official start on October 1 and declared the six-month-long event “will go down in history”.

While it’s clear Expo 2020 will go down as one of the most iconic events in the region’s history, what even hits home, even more, is just how far Dubai has come in just five years.

Following His Highness’ visit to the Expo 2020 site, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, the Crown Prince of Dubai, shared two side-by-side photos of the Dubai Ruler visiting the plot of land when it was simply desert.


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In the image taken in 2016, Sheikh Mohammed is seen overlooking the vast Dubai desert where Expo 2020 would eventually be.

Just five years later, in a similar position, His Highness is seen overlooking the entirety of the Dubai Expo 2020, now a cosmopolitan entity in itself with over 200 pavilions on the site, 191 of which represent individual countries.

Following his visit to the site last week, His Highness affirmed that Expo 2020 will be a history-making event for the UAE.

“We promise people from all over the world an unprecedented Expo,” he said. “The 6 months of the event will go down in history for the ideas and inventions that will benefit humanity for years to come.”

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Images: Sheikh Mohammed Twitter / Sheikh Hamdan Instagram