MG an air warrior, a political observer, and writer with wide experience.
Dubai has survived the China virus and after a year things appear to be getting back to normal. Dubai is a jewel in the crown of the UAE and its ruler Al Maktoum is one of the most progressive leaders in the world. His family's vision has transformed what was just a fishing village at the turn of the last century, into the El-Dorado of the east; a city that is not only a mega-metropolis but a city laced with entertainment, all modern amenities, lovely beaches, and even nightspots and bars.
The much-awaited Expo 20 has taken off in Dubai. It was to be held last year but could not be held because of the China virus but has finally opened and will run up to March 2022.
The exhibition is a showcase for the participating countries and more than 120 countries from all over the world are going to participate. India which is the biggest trading partner of the UAE as usual has a very big presence. Thousands of visitors have already started coming to Dubai in package tours, from America to India and overall it's going to be a wonderful time.
However, all the visitors coming, have to follow the COVID protocol and have to get themselves tested 36 hours before departure. They will also be tested again once they land in Dubai which incidentally is the second busiest airport in the world after New York. In case you test positive you will be quarantined for 10 days. Another mandatory requirement is that all visitors must have medical insurance as well as a return ticket.
Expo 2020 is currently hosted by Dubai. It will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. It was originally slated for last year but was postponed due to the China Virus. Despite being postponed, organizers kept the name Expo 2020.
The Expo 2020 was officially declared open by the Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum on 30 September 2021. The ceremony had performances by British singer Ellie Goulding and Italian Tenor Andrea Bocelli. There was a steal performance by an Indian girl Mira Singh. She has been born in Dubai and was given the part of a young girl who encompasses a dream journey that led to the Expo20. She was selected from hundreds of applicants.
The exhibition is being held in a 438-hectare area (1083 acres). This is located in the desert and has been greened and borders Abu Dhabi. This is an exhibition ground and all exhibitions are held here. I have been visiting this site for over a decade. The master plan of Expo 20 is designed by the American firm HOK.
Almost all countries are participating except Afghanistan whose Pavillion has been shut by the authorities. The American Pavilion showcases Moon rock samples from the Apollo missions as well a replica of the Falcon rocket booster and Mars Rover.
The Indian Pavillion is the biggest at this exhibition and has 4 floors with 600 kinetic panels that are capable of motion.
The exhibition is now in full swing and thousands of visitors are coming to have a good time. it is expected to give a big fillip to the Dubai economy. All credit must go to the Dubai government to have planned and executed this exhibition despite the entire year being lost because of the China virus spread.
Package tours are available and tourist visas can be had easily but all Virus protocols will have to be followed; that means you must be vaccinated with a proper certificate and undergo the mandatory COVID test.
In addition, in case you have to spend one day at the exhibition the ticket is priced 120 AED that is approximately$30.
Your tour package from the USA includes
- 7 nights in handpicked hotels
- 7 breakfasts
- 1 lunch
- 3 dinners, select meals with beer or wine
- 1 tasting
- Dubai Creek cruise
- Sheikh Mohammed Centre
- Burj Al Arab
- World Expo in Dubai
- Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital.
In addition, you have the choice of varied nightlife and you will feel you really have come to El Dorado.
A word of caution if visiting the UAE alone, be very circumspect as Egyptians and other Arab girls will try to entice you and you may end up with a big hole in your pocket.
MG Singh (author) from UAE on October 03, 2021:
Thank you Tom, the success of the UAE and Dubai should be like a lighthouse to the other Muslim countries like Pakistan in particular which are still living in obscurantism and have things like the blasphemy act and death and Hooded ordinance that Curtails the rights of women. Arabs have gained with the oil boom and are now the richest in the world.