Expo 2020 Dubai is preparing to welcome hundreds of thousands of visitors from around the globe with spectacular entertainment.
Organisers are confident the six-month World Fair will attract 25 million visits and are optimistic that the international travel situation will improve as more people are inoculated.
This will be the world’s largest in-person event held during the coronavirus pandemic, with Japan shutting borders to overseas sports fans for the Olympics to manage a surge in Covid-19 cases.
The event was postponed for a year to help countries struggling to cope with the pandemic, but was allowed to keep the name Expo 2020 Dubai.
Ticket prices go on sale on Sunday July 18.
It was announced that children under 18, visitors aged 60 and over, students with valid identity cards and people with disabilities given free entry.
Visitor safety will be a priority with testing, physical distancing and mandatory use of facemasks across the site in the Dubai South area.
Hoteliers are predicting that pent-up demand – with people forced to stay home for more than a year – will drive bookings.
The 480-hectare site, spread over an area larger than 600 football fields, has been described as a city of the future, with plans for high-tech launches driven by artificial intelligence.