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Expo 2020 visit numbers cross 6.3 million mark as of December 13

Visitations to the Expo 2020 Dubai surpassed 6,358,464 million visits up until December 13, thanks to a combination of world-class music, gripping sporting events, vibrant National Days, family-friendly entertainment and sustained demand for the Expo 2020 Festive Pass.

The Al Wasl Plaza on December 10 was flocked with crowds thanks to Alicia Keys’s hopeful performance of her her new double album, Keys.

As to why she chose to debut her latest album at the expo, Keys had this to say: “It just felt so perfect to launch Keys in Dubai. Expo 2020 Dubai knows no borders; it is envisioning a future we all want to create.”

Fans of the musician were able to view the concert online, helping the platform’s total number of visits to hit 30 million mark- up five million in the past week alone.

Other celebrities at the expo included Manchester City footballer Pablo Zabaleta, Indian singer Neha Kakkar with a December 12 concert at Jubilee park, the Expo World Choir featuring singers and musicians from 142 nationalities performing at thee Jubilee Stage, and Filipino artists Sponge Cola and Matthaios who performed on December 8.

After nine games at this year’s FIDE World Championship, Magnus Carlsen secured the one point he needed to cross the seven-point threshold to win against challenger Ian ‘Nepo’ Nepomniachtchi in a match during the Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Georgia’s grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili, the inspiration behind the Netflix’s “The Queen’s Gambit”, is set to partake in a panel discussion related to women’s empowerment challenges and achievements at the Dubai Exhibition Center on December 13, followed by a match against fellow grandmasters and the Dubai Culture and Chess Club members at Al Wasl Plaza in a special choreographed show

Further upcoming attractions include ‘Brainiac Live’ on December 15 at the Jubilee Park, an all-ages science show, and a full set of performances on December 16 from a wide range of global music talent.

Egyptian rapper and actor Mohammed Ramadan is also set to perform a standalone concert on Jubilee Stage on December 18.

The Expo has plenty on offer for younger visitors with arts and crafts, light shows, performances and a complimentary winter camp – which includes sports activities, team games and challenges run by fully qualified sports coaches.

The recent launch of a new family dining offer, gives one free kids’ meal with every adult meal at certain Expo eateries during the week.

And as the Expo’s new Festive Pass unlocks unlimited access to winter fun for AED95 (LE406.34), on sale now until the end of December, visit numbers are expected to keep going up.

As the largest major global event to be held since the start of the pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai continues to maintain robust COVID-19 measures, ensuring a safe event for all attending.

With more than 90 per cent of the UAE population fully vaccinated, Expo 2020 Dubai has required mandatory vaccination of all Expo and International Participant staff, volunteers, contractors and service providers. Visitors ages 18 and above are required to present proof of any vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours. In addition, Expo 2020 maintains on site sanitation stations and mandatory face-masks both indoor and outdoor.

The Expo 2020 Dubai runs until March 31, 2022.

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