(ANSA) - ROME, APR 1 - Expo 2020 Dubai bowed out with a bang
on Thursday with a moving closing ceremony at the Al Wasl Plaza.
With a creative team led by Franco Dragone, one of the world's greatest visionaries in the field, the ceremony reflected how Expo 2020 Dubai touched the lives of all those who visited, while heightening the myriad of memories made on site.
A world-class production, pioneering technology, immersive laser projectors, emotive music and no less than three firework displays all worked together to heighten the spectacle.
The final chapter of the six-month extravaganza was attended by Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Sheikh Nahayan bin Mubarak Al Nahayan, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence and Commissioner General of Expo 2020 Dubai, and Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Expo 2020 Dubai.
"We were honoured to have welcomed millions of visitors from all around the world, as the UAE has always been a place where all people meet," said Nahayan. "Throughout Expo 2020 Dubai's six months, we had the honour of meeting many delegations, officials, and visitors.
"We celebrated with national days here - at the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai - on our beloved UAE's land; the land of tolerance, coexistence, and peace. Among our most important guests were the generations of the future, particularly hundreds of thousands of our visitors, who were hosted by the Expo School Programme.
"They are the agents of positive change that we want for a more sustainable, safer, better world for all.
"We have learned a lot together, and we have proved that humans are of one essence, and one fate.
"We have come together at an extremely difficult time, the likes of which the world has not seen, embodying the strength of human will, at its finest, and made Expo 2020 Dubai a symbol of hope." (ANSA).