Dubai Expo 2020 begins with star-studded Opening Ceremony

Expo 2020 Dubai’s star-studded Opening Ceremony was streamed live to more than 430 locations across the UAE, as well as on screens in New York’s Times Square, giving everyone the chance to participate in the mind-blowing spectacle, wherever they would be.

A night later three spectacular fireworks displays will take place in Dubai, marking the first full day of the Expo in a fantastic visual celebration commemorating the journey from winning the bid in 2013 to opening the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, and the largest global event held since the start of the pandemic.

On Thursday, 30 September, nation-wide Opening Ceremony viewing parties took place across the country, thanking the nation for its support and inviting everyone to come together to celebrate this momentous occasion for Dubai, the UAE and the region as a whole.

Screens were set up in locations ranging from airports and shopping malls to hotels and other landmarks, relaying the incredible music and cultural performances as they happened. Both the Nasdaq screen and the Thomson Reuters display in Times Square showed the Opening Ceremony for one hour from 2030-2130 GST, which is just after midday in New York.

Viewers from anywhere in the world also joined the evening’s proceedings via a global live-stream, available on and Expo TV from 1930 GST onwards.

Among those slated to perform are 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; and four-time Grammy winner Angelique Kidjo.