Solomon Islands Commissioner General to the Dubai Expo 2020, Ambassador Moses Kouni Mose was amongst the list of VIP’s and distinguished guests invited to the Official Opening of the World largest trade show on the eve of Thursday 30 in Dubai.
The majestic Al Wasl Plaza was transformed into a magical garden as dancers in fantastical costumes representing blossoming flowers and a huge silver and white ghaf tree, welcomed the VIPs and invited guests at the official opening of the Dubai Expo 2020 event, as the international cast of more than 900 performers thrilled the more than 1000 people in attendance.
A lavish ceremony of fireworks, music and messaging about the power of global collaboration for a more sustainable future, featured prominently during the performance.
Stars headlining the opening ceremony, which was projected in public spaces around the UAE, included Italian tenor singer Andrea Bocelli, British singer Ellie Goulding, Chinese pianist Lang Lang and Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu.
An underwater sequence filled with brilliant tropical fish, turtles and, finally, a giant whale represented living in harmony with nature and sustaining life, one of the themes of Expo 2020 Dubai.
As darkness fell on Al Wasl Plaza, the 67-metre dome inspired by the shape of the official Expo logo, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai saw his dream became a reality.
For the formal opening ceremony, Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Expo 2020 Dubai Commissioner General and Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, told the audience: “By hosting Expo 2020 Dubai, we aim to convey a message of tolerance and that we are willing to co-operate with all of the world. By connecting minds, we hope to sow the seeds of progress for the next 50 or even 100 years.
It is nearly eight years since Dubai was awarded the right to host the 2020 world’s fair, brought to life on a site that is now a city within a city, and reportedly bigger than Monaco.
The Solomon Islands Government is making arrangements this week to send the Pavilion Director Dennis Marita and a business representative from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry, Labour and Immigration to manage the Solomon Islands Pavilion in Dubai for the duration of the show.