The 2020 Dubai Expo has finally opened being delayed the covid-19 pandemic. An extravagant opening ceremony ushered the global event, which will run March 2022. A host of stars from the music world joined the spectacular ceremony. These included the world-renowned opera singer Andrea Bocelli, China's flamboyant pianist Lang Lang and Saudi Arabian singer Mohammed Abdu. International news agencies reported the dazzling ceremony. CNN said: "Dubai doesn't do anything half. The city always goes big." The Reuters news agency wrote "the lavish ceremony fireworks, music and messaging about the power global collaboration a more sustainable future".
The World Expo is a global event that takes place a different city every five years. Its aims are to showcase solutions fundamental challenges faced humanity, and to bring people the world together. Organizers of the Dubai Expo selected the theme: "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future". The Expo will also be dedicated the sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. It is the first Expo to be held the Middle East. Over the next six months, 25 million visitors will see cutting-edge and cultural exhibitions almost 200 countries. When Dubai made its bid to host the Expo, the city's ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promised Dubai would "astonish the world".