The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region is off to a great start, with Expo 2020 Dubai welcoming 411,768 ticketed visits in its first 10 days.
Expo 2020 opened its doors on October 1, and figures up to and including October 10 show that visitors belonged to 175 nationalities – not far off the 192 countries that are participating in the event, each with its own pavilion. One in three has come from abroad, with this proportion expected to increase as international travel ramps up.
A number of ticket options are open to visitors, with Multi-Day and Season Passes proving popular. One in five visitors have already attended Expo more than once, demonstrating that one day is not enough to enjoy the diverse and dynamic array of activities and entertainment on offer.
The figures include all physical ticket-holders. They exclude representatives, delegations and guests of international participants, partners and other stakeholders, as well as expo staff.
Virtual Expo, virtualexpo.world, which launched on September 30, with three million people watching the opening ceremony live, has seen a further five million visits between October 1-10.
Expo 2020 Dubai runs until March 31, 2022, with 200 pavilions in total for visitors to explore. As well as the attractions at each location, there are multiple daily events, with panel discussions and cultural performances.