Expo 2020 Dubai. Photo: Instagram.com
Expo 2020 Dubai comes to an end on March 31, with a closing ceremony that promises to be remembered for years to come. Similar to the opening ceremony, the grand finale will be held at the main site of the Expo, Al Wasl Plaza.
To be displayed across more than 20 big screens all over Expo 2020 Dubai, including the Jubilee Stage and Festival Garden for all visitors to be able to join the iconic experience, the closing ceremony will feature global artists Christina Aguilera, Yo-Yo Ma, and Norah Jones. Even the young Dubai-born girl from the opening ceremony will make a re-appearance at the event. “See global music icons, enjoy dazzling fireworks, and exciting performances unfold beneath the stunning Al Wasl Dome,” says the Expo 2020 Dubai Instagram account.
Kickstarting the ceremony will be the National Anthem of the UAE performed by forty members of a UAE-based children’s choir accompanied by the all-women Firdaus Orchestra and conducted by Yasmina Sabbah. The main ceremony will then begin at 7pm with Mira Singh, who will take the audience through the past six months of Expo 2020 Dubai. In the opening ceremony, the Indian-Belarusian star played a girl who is handed a golden ring, the central motif of Expo 2020, inspiring its logo as well. Her story will be wrapped up in the closing ceremony as she looks back at the growth and initiatives of an eventful six months. “For 182 days, she has grown, learned and connected with people from around the world — what remains is the final step before she awakens to her full potential,” mentioned Expo event organizers.
Adding to the list of exciting performances is Grammy-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma, who will play at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheater at for 8.45pm. Grammy-winning singer-songwriter and pianist Norah jones will also perform at 9pm on the Jubilee Stage, followed by iconic pop star Christina Aguilera, who will take over at 10.45pm.
Before coming to a final close, Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, will hand the BIE flag to Ambassador Jai-chul Choi to be presented at Expo 2025 Osaka. After a night full of celebration and looking into the future with Expo, the evening will end with a flourish of fireworks at midnight, and again at 3am.
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