Expo 2020 Dubai announces free entry for UAE National Day

The global exposition has been rolling out a slew of special passes and offers since it kicked off on October 1 this year

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Published: Tue 30 Nov 2021, 6:03 PM

Last updated: Tue 30 Nov 2021, 9:11 PM

Visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai can enter the mega show for free on the occasion of UAE National Day.

The global exposition has been rolling out a slew of special passes and offers since it kicked off on October 1 this year.

In the latest announcement, however, residents and visitors will be able to experience the Expo for free on December 2.

People can use their existing tickets or turn up on the day to gain free entry, provided they follow the Covid-19 measures.

Visitors ages 18 and above are required to present proof of any vaccination or a negative PCR test taken within the previous 72 hours.


A four-day slate of world-class events and immersive Emirati experiences is set to mark the Golden Jubilee of the UAE.

Running from December 1-4, the festivities will include world-class ceremonies, exceptional musical showcases, meaningful cross-cultural conversations, culturally-fused performances and engaging exhibits.

On December 2, from 10:15am onwards the UAE National Day ceremony will take place at Al Wasl Plaza. There will be a flag raising ceremony, speeches and the national anthem performed by a children’s choir.

The ceremony will conclude with an Al Azi performance by Al Wasmi. This event also features horses from Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Interior marching in the ‘Colours of the World Parade’ between 1245 and 1315.

In the Al Azi performance, taking place at 1300, has an Arabic poet who will lead a chorus that will ‘answer’ his call. A gravity-defying aerial performance by Dubai Police will follow shortly after, alongside a 30-minute musical showcase by Emirati singer Fatma Zahrat Al Ain, and a flypast display by the UAE Air Force's aerobatics team Al Fursan.

Visitors are also invited to Expo’s Jubilee Stage and Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre to watch the live broadcast of the UAE National Day Ceremony from Hatta, from 1730 onwards.

The Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre will host Journey of a Thread, a live performance of Emirati craftsmanship that dives into the heart of Emirati culture, followed by a fireworks display at 2000.

The concert by Emirati singing singer Eida Al Menhali will take place at Jubilee Stage from 2030. The performance also includes Al Shallat – poetry without musical instruments.

The main highlight at Al Wasl Plaza is the immersive theatrical show titled Journey of the 50th. Taking place from December 1-4, the show features a blend of human performance and theatrics. Over 200 performers including those from particpating countries will take part in this show.

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