Expo 2020 Dubai receives 14.7 million visits as of February 21
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Expo 2020 Dubai records 14.7 million visits as of February 21

Expo 2020 Dubai records 14.7 million visits as of February 21

Domestic visits surged 128 per cent in the past six weeks

Expo 2020 Dubai recorded a total of 14,719,277 visits as of February 21.

The surge in numbers was buoyed by Coldplay’s concert at Al Wasl Plaza last week. Expo 2020 Dubai’s virtual visitation numbers have also escalated to 145 million.

Domestic visits surged 128 per cent in the past six weeks, while international visitation went up 19 per cent. The past week also saw the highest number of school children on site.

Dr Luis Lacalle Pou, President of the Oriental Republic of Uruguay, visited the site on February 15, leading his country’s Expo 2020 Dubai National Day celebrations. Other heads of state welcomed to the site include Uhuru Kenyatta, President of Kenya, on February 16 and Salva Kiir, President of South Sudan, on February 19. Other countries that marked their National Days over the past week include Denmark (February 17), Kosovo (February 17), Jamaica (February 18) and Serbia (February 15).

The Serbia pavilion also hosted tennis champion Novak Djokovic, ahead of workshops run by his charitable organisation. Fellow international tennis champions including John McEnroe, Kim Clijsters and Richard Krajicek, meanwhile, battled it out in exhibition singles and doubles matches at the Expo Sports Arena on Saturday and Sunday (February 19-20). The sporting highlights continued with a visit by Manchester City Women’s players Esme Morgan, Karen Bardsley and Laura Coombs, who held a live Q&A at the Women’s Pavilion.

Food, agriculture & livelihoods week (February 17-23) kicked off last week with stakeholders from across the global food value chain gathering to spotlight food systems that are more productive and environmentally sustainable.

Meanwhile, music highlights included Filipina singer Moira Dela Torre, Sufi rock group Junoon, DJ Hani, as well as Indian singer Shreya Ghoshal and Pakistani performers, Shafqat Amanat and Hadiqa Kiani.

Expo 2020 Dubai runs until March 31, 2022, and is the very first world expo where every participating country has its own pavilion.

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Each of the 192 country pavilions are spread across three main districts of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.

Read: Opportunity: Expo 2020 Dubai is keen to usher in an inclusive tomorrow

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