Fun, music & more - attractions at Dubai Expo as it enters last week

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A woman looks at a video installation at a pavillion at the Expo 2020, in the Gulf Emirateof Dubai, on December 1, 2021. Photo: Giuseppe CACACE / AFP

With the curtains set to come down on the popular Expo 2020 Dubai on March 31, organisers are gearing up to ensure that each day is filled with innovative and amusing attractions that offer an exhilarating experience to the visitors.

A large group of international musicians and other artists will fly into Dubai to add glitter to the festivities. Art galleries, food fairs, fun events and knowledge fairs are sure to guarantee that the visitors have a wonderful time at the Expo.

As the Covid restrictions have been lifted, a large number of international visitors, including Indians, are flocking to the Expo. It is expected that a crowd of 2.5 crore people would have visited the Expo by the time it comes to a close next week.

A big world for the little friends

In the coming days, children will be the star guests and there will be a variety of programmes to entertain them. The Water Week, a knowledge fair on the theme of water scarcity and water projects, was launched the other day.

The world fair has also notched up the tag for being an expo for the children. As of Saturday, as many as 28 lakh children under the age of 18 had visited the Expo. Most of the entertainment programmes in the coming days are also intended for children.

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Visitors tour the Saudi Arabia Pavilion of Expo 2020 in Dubai, on October 4, 2021. Photo: Karim SAHIB/AFP

The Expo offers children the opportunity to learn about robotic technologies, renewable sources of energy, space projects, agricultural initiatives, art and literature. Students also have the opportunity to participate in various programmes via online. Seminars on job prospects will be conducted for university students.

Children will also find aliens and their favourite cartoon characters, awaiting to amuse them at Latifa's Adventures and other fun events.

Both adults and children can also enjoy a trip on the spacecraft simulators. They will get to see the photos captured by satellites during various missions, parts of satellites and exploration equipment of the future.

AR Rahman to enthral Expo with Indian hits

Indian music maestro A R Rahman, who gave a unique musical treat, will take the stage at the Expo once again on March 24. A gala musical event, that will include Tamil, Hindi and Malayalam hit songs, will be held at the Jubilee Park at 7pm on Thursday. This will also provide an opportunity for new singers and other artists.

The 50-member Firdaus Orchestra, led by Rahman, has already garnered global attention. The 50 women who are part of the Firdousa are from the MENA region, that includes countries from the middle-east and north Africa.

The recording studio named after Rahman will be retained even after the Expo comes to a close. The Expo officials had said that this is to turn Dubai into an international hub for music and recording. Earlier, legendary musician Ilaiyaraaja was among those who had rocked the Expo venues.

The expo, which began on October 1 last year, has also reportedly paved way for the growth of the real estate sector.

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Visitors view installations at the Russian pavilion at the Expo 2020 in the Gulf Emirate of Dubai, on October 20, 2021. Photo: Karim SAHIB/AFP

More crowd likely from March 27

With the Covid restrictions being eased in the UAE and India resuming international services from March 27, the number of visitors to the Expo is likely to further increase, according to the representatives of airline companies and travel agencies.

In a relief to the travellers from India, authorities have scrapped the PCR testing within 48 hours of the trip and the rapid tests. But the travellers need to be vaccinated. If not vaccinated, the PCR negative report of a test taken within 48 hours is mandatory.

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People visit the Dubai Expo 2020 on February 28, 2022 as the UAE drops mandatory wearing of face masks in outside areas, the most significant easing of Covid-19 restrictions since April 2020, when the pandemic spread across the globe. Photo: Karim SAHIB/AFP

If the vaccine was administered in India, the report of PCR test taken within 72 hours is not needed for the return flight. It would be sufficient to upload the vaccination certificate on Air Suvidha. But if vaccinated in the UAE, the PCR negative certificate of a test taken within 72 hours of travel is required.

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