Expo 2020 Live: Check out the stunning opening ceremony teaser video

Khaleej Times will be live-streaming the gala opening ceremony on our website tonight. Stay tuned!

All eyes are on the UAE and all roads lead to Expo 2020 Dubai, for This is Our Time and the grand spectacle begins tonight. The Expo venue will come alive with music, dance, drama and projections for its star-studded opening ceremony tonight.

And Khaleej Times will bring you all the action live right here. Our journalists are fanned out across the city to capture the buzz and excitement as Dubai puts on a show to remember. What’s more, we will be streaming the gala opening ceremony on our website tonight. Stay tuned!

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Latest updates:


11.19am

Expo opening ceremony will be a visual treat

The Expo 2020 team has released a teaser video of the star-studded opening ceremony tonight. And from the 10-second clip, it promises to be a stunning sight. Check it out:

The Khaleej Times website will be streaming the opening ceremony live from 7.30pm tonight. Stay tuned!


11.12am

Revealed: Stars who will perform at the opening ceremony

>> World-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli

>> Grammy-nominated, Golden Globe-winning actress, singer and songwriter Andra Day

>> Platinum selling British singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding

>> International mega-star pianist Lang Lang

>> Four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo

>> ‘Artist of Arabs’ Mohamed Abdo

>> Emirati singing sensation ‘Fananat Al Arab’ Ahlam Alshamsi

>> Emirati artist and Expo 2020 Dubai Ambassador Hussain Al Jassmi

>> UAE singer-songwriter Almas

>> Grammy-nominated Lebanese-American singer Mayssa Karaa

ALSO READ: This Is Our Time singer Mayssa Karaa lifts lid on Expo 2020 Dubai anthem


11.02am

First look: The stunning Al Wasl Dome at Expo 2020 Dubai

As you walk into the Expo 2020 venue, you are almost automatically drawn to the iconic Al Wasl Dome. The circular structure rises amid all the other stunning architecture that dots the 4.38-square-km site.

Referred to as the ‘beating heart’ of the Expo 2020 site, Al Wasl Plaza connects the three thematic districts at the venue.


10.49am

Win Expo 2020 passes, cameras in new RTA contest

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has announced the launch of a photography contest to mark the opening of Expo 2020, offering participants to win cameras and passes to enter the world’s greatest show.

To make participation easier for the public, the contest has been divided into three phases.

Phase I will mark Public Transport Day and will be launched in October to encourage people to make public transport their first mobility choice in travelling from their locations to Expo site. The journey covers a ride on Route 2020 of Dubai Metro, and Expo Riders.

Phase II of the contest will be launched in November. Participants will be required to shoot the city’s landmarks and eye-catching localities they come across while travelling to the site of Expo. This phase is focused on constructed road networks, flyovers, and service roads.

The third phase will be launched in January and marks the final stage of the photography contest. It focuses on the tourist attractions open for visitors, where tourists can make cultural tours, and savour visiting squares and world-class malls.


10.30am

Official app to plan your trip

With less than 14 hours for the official opening of the mega fever, the Expo 2020 fever is taking over Dubai. Worried about navigating the world fair venue that is the size of 600 football fields? No need to!

Expo 2020 Dubai has launched its official visitor app and a business-focused app, helping to ensure that millions of visitors can make the most of the 182 visually-striking and emotionally-inspiring days of the mega event.

The official Expo 2020 app allows users to tailor their visit to Expo and match individual interests to create a personal schedule of events and attractions across the site that is twice the size of Monaco.

Visitors can use the app to buy tickets, choose from more than 200 dining options and themed culinary events, and manage reservations for Expo 2020’s intelligent Smart Queue system – offering guests the ability to reserve a convenient time slot to visit a pavilion of their choice, and avoid queues.

The app is available to download via the App Store or Google Play. It will allow visitors to create an Expo 2020 account or link their social media account, as well as access a GPS-enabled interactive map of the Expo site and step-by-step directions to points of interest across Expo.

A chatbot on the app will provide information on making visits to Expo 2020 safe and enjoyable, including details on opening times, parking options, and how to reach Expo using Dubai’s extensive public transport options.

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>> Dubai Metro Route 2020: All you need to know about getting to the Expo site


10.25am

Where to catch the fireworks

Dubai will light up at three locations with spectacular fireworks displays tomorrow, October 1, after the Expo 2020 officially opens.

The fireworks will illuminate the night sky at 8.30pm at Dubai Festival City, The Frame, and The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah. More details here.


10.15am

Opening ceremony to be streamed live at 40 locations

Expo 2020 Dubai’s star-studded opening ceremony will be streamed live to more than 430 locations across the UAE.

Screens will be set up in locations ranging from airports and shopping malls to hotels and other landmarks, relaying the incredible music and cultural performances as they happen. You can find the full list of locations here.

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