How to win access to Expo 2020 Dubai's exclusive opening ceremony

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Tickets to Expo 2020 Dubai are now on sale, with chances for a lucky few to win invites to the exclusive curtain-raiser on September 30.

All UAE residents, aged 18 and above, who purchase the season pass or family package before August 14 will enter a draw to stand a chance to win access to the invite-only grand opening ceremony at the majestic Wasl Plaza.

As many as 50 lucky winners will be announced on the first week of September via Expo 2020’s social media channels, followed by a personal invitation.

Organisers said headline acts for the star-studded event will be revealed soon, but promised it'll feature stunning visuals and world-class acts.

The ceremony, they added, will draw inspiration from Expo 2020's theme of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future' and its three subthemes.

"This is a great moment of joy, pride and optimism for all of us. The UAE is a country where people of different languages, religions and race live together in harmony and we are thrilled to welcome the rest of the world to be part of this inclusive journey," said Mohamed Al Ansaari, Vice President – Communications, Expo 2020 Dubai.

Sholto Douglas-Home, Chief Sales & Marcomms Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, described it as a "once-in-a-lifetime opportunity".

"We look forward to welcoming the winners of our draw to join the making of a new world in a dynamic work of unfettered imagination. We are also proud to share our all-encompassing events and entertainment programme that guarantees that no two days will be the same at Expo."

So far, the entertainment line-up includes Oscar-winning AR Rahman’s pioneering women's ensemble the Firdaus Orchestra; Bollywood sensation Sonam Kapoor; celebrated Emirati singer Ahlam; the famously slick Russian Bolshoi; and the compelling Expo Beats programme.

Meanwhile, sports fans will have the opportunity to witness the world’s largest Brazilian jiu-jitsu lesson, get to grips with exciting football-based sport teqball, meet their sporting heroes, and sign up to one of the many complimentary runs, fitness activities and wellness events.

With up to 60 live events a day – including film nights, poetry readings, art activations, musical concerts, cultural tours, parades and interactive journeys for all ages – as well as more than 200 food and beverage options, the site will be alive with sounds, rhythms and flavours from across the globe.


Season passes, which offers unlimited access for six months, is priced at AED 495, while family packages, with unlimited access for two parents plus a nanny, with additional discounts on tickets and F&B, costing AED 950.

Meanwhile, Multi-Day passes, with unrestricted entry for 30 consecutive days, are priced at AED 195 and single-day tickets at AED 95.

Those buying tickets with Mastercard debit and credit cards will get 25 per cent discount, with their chances to win in the Opening Ceremony draw doubled.

Children under the age of 18 and students holding a valid student ID from any academic institution in the world and visitors aged 60 years and above can enter for free. Access will also be complimentary for people of determination, with their companion getting a 50 per cent discount.

Tickets are available online and through more than 2,500 authorised ticket resellers, including online travel agents, tour operators, hotel groups and airlines from 100-plus markets around the world.

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