Expo 2020 Dubai kicked off this October, and all eyes were fixed on the once-in-a-lifetime event. The Expo was already expected to be a hit and a wondrous event that would rewrite the bounds of human will and creativity. But with delays and redirection following the COVID-19 aftermath, some worried that the event wouldn’t gain much traction due to immense difficulties some might face with international travel. Although these fears were indeed justified, the build up to the Expo, as well as the previews people witnessed of what lies within the pavilions shut down these doubts.
In the first ten days of the Expo, the mega event welcomed 411,768 visitors from all around the world. Reportedly, one in three of the visitors came from abroad, and the influx of travelers came despite travel restrictions. The Secretary General of the Bureau International des Expositions, Dimitri S. Kerkentzes, said that “Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening week has undoubtedly been a success. The numbers we are seeing are very encouraging and demonstrate the global desire for people to reconnect with each other and to imagine a better future.”
Visitors to the event hailed from 173 countries, meaning that the Expo received visitors from almost all 193 participating countries, with trips being made to their country’s designated pavilion. Even with the physical experience being the focal point and offering mind-bending exploration, you can visit the Expo from the comfort of your own home virtually! But if you’re more of a dreamer, the Expo runs until March 2022, so there’s still time to go and join the lucky masses being a part of history.