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Video: Celebrations across the UAE mark one-year countdown for Dubai Expo 2020

Video: Celebrations across the UAE mark one-year countdown for Dubai Expo 2020

Events in Dubai were headlined by singers Mariah Carey and Hussain Al Jassmi

Concerts and festivities were held across the UAE on Sunday to mark the one-year countdown for Dubai Expo 2020.

The world’s tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa held an LED and fireworks show at 2020 (8.20pm) that launched the 12-month countdown to October 20, 2020.

Events in Dubai were headlined by singer Mariah Carey, who entertained the crowd at a free concert in Burj Park, Downtown Dubai. Emirati singer and Expo 2020 ambassador Hussain Al Jassmi also took to the stage at the park.

Bollywood actress and singer Shraddha Kapoor also made an appearance at Burj Park.

Also read: Dubai Expo 2020: The countdown begins

Live shows were held from 5pm to 10pm across the UAE at Louvre Abu Dhabi, Sharjah’s Al Majaz Waterfront, Ajman Museum, Umm Al Quwain Corniche, Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah and Fujairah Fort.

The events – all free – featured musicians, painters, poets and other figures from the UAE’s cultural scene, as well as food, craft areas for children and live streams of Dubai’s headline acts.

Overall, the events saw performances by 100 artists from 26 different nationalities.

Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, executive director Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau, said: “This was a wonderful ‘Be There’ moment for the nation after we launched our newest campaign – ‘Be There for the World’s Greatest Show’ – last week.”

Held for six months under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai will feature 192 participating nations with an anticipated 25 million visits.

The entertainment extravaganza planned for the 173-day event includes concerts, robot workshops as well as live performances by comedians, dancers, acrobats and poets, with over 60 live shows anticipated on a daily basis.

Also read: Exclusive: Dubai Expo 2020 – What is the world expecting?

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