By Sam Bridge
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz joins Dubai crown prince Sheikh Hamdan on visit to site of Expo 2020
Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz, Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, has visited the Expo 2020 Dubai site as part of a two-day state visit to the UAE.
He toured the mega event site with Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and they were briefed about the different pavilions and stands that will be part of Expo 2020.
They also visited Al Wasl Plaza, the heart of Expo 2020, spanning an area of 4.38 square kilometres, which will include many restaurants, fountains, and parks covered by a translucent 67-meter-tall domed trellis 130 metres in diametre.
They also toured the site of the UAE pavilion, designed in the shape of a falcon in flight, and the Saudi pavilion, which spans an area of 13,096 square metres. They also watched a short documentary about the design and construction of the pavilion.
To date, 190 nations have confirmed their participation in Expo 2020. Organisers expect to record 25 million visits between October 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021, with 70 percent of visitors projected to come from outside the UAE.
Separately, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, received Prince Mohammed at Zabeel Palace in Dubai.
Sheikh Mohammed welcomed Prince Mohammed to the UAE, and highlighted the strategic relation between the two nations. During the meeting, they discussed topics of mutual interests and ways of developing it.