Visitors throng Expo 2020 Dubai. Image Credit: Ahmed Ramzan/Gulf News

Expo 2020 Dubai has announced its latest visitor numbers, with an incredible 3,578,653 individual visits achieved by November’s half-way point — only six weeks into Expo 2020 Dubai’s six-month run.

The announcement comes after a packed weekend at the site, with stellar music, sport and cultural performances taking place. K-pop stars Highlight and Punch took to the stage on Friday night for the KITE (or K-pop in the Emirates) showcase, along with Fela and the Kalakuta Queens — a spectacular show dedicated to the life of Nigerian musical maestro and political activist Fela Kuti.

Middle East mega-stars Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama performed under a full Al Wasl dome, wowing the crowds as part of Expo’s latest Infinite Nights sessions, while eight-time Olympic gold medallist and former sprinter Usain Bolt arrived the following morning, with the Gatorade ambassador hosting a family fun run at the site for charity.

Expo’s fourth Theme Week

Add spectacular national day performances — including Mexican tenor Javier Camarena, world-renowned Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Jordanian artist Omar Al Abdallat — and it has been a jam-packed week at Expo.

And more is on the way. Expo’s fourth Theme Week, with debates and panel discussions centred around Tolerance and Inclusivity, got under way on Sunday, and will feature talent and performances from a range of cultures and backgrounds.

The highlight is Expo’s all-female Firdaus Orchestra, which will perform music from world cinema and TV on International Day for Tolerance on 16 November, and take to the stage again on World Children’s Day on 20 November in a show that will encourage children to explore, thrive and connect with musical pieces they know and love, such as classics from Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin.

Inviting the world

Sales of the November Weekday Pass, priced at just AED 45, are going strong, along with entries to the Explore Expo 2020 Dubai, Explore the World raffle to win one million Emirates Skywards miles and a host of other prizes.

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Virtual visitation also rose to 15.7 million since 1 October.

Expo 2020 Dubai runs until 31 March 2022, inviting the world to join a celebration of unity, opportunity, creativity and sustainability that will help to shape a better, brighter future for everyone.