The heart of Expo 2020 Dubai had started beating. Al Wasl Plaza, the main meeting and gathering point of the first Universal Exhibition to be held in the Arab world, was officially inaugurated at the presence of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and of Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the United Arab Emirates Armed Forces.
The enormous dome of Al Wasl Plaza “will be the pulsating heart of the Expo, around which 192 countries from around the globe will gather. Thirty-eight thousand people continue to workday and night to ensure that everything will be ready for the greatest global event of 2020. Dubai and the United Arab Emirates are awaiting to welcome the world,” declared Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed, who also celebrated the event with a tweet.
The Al Wasl Plaza is surmounted by an immersive dome onto which images can be projected around 360° – the largest ever built among its kind. The steel latticework supporting the dome, equipped with sand-coloured screens, houses over 200 projectors and forms a space large enough to contain an Airbus A380 aeroplane.
Al Wasl – which means “Connection” in English – will be the fulcrum of Expo and will house some of the event’s main ceremonies.