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I'll be back: Expo 2020 Dubai bus tours prove a big hit

World's Greatest Show in the Making bus tour, which gave visitors a sneak preview of the Expo 2020 venue, lifted over 3,000 people in six weeks

I'll be back: Expo 2020 Dubai bus tours prove a big hit
The tours – booked out within three hours – began on July 20 and concluded last Saturday.

The World's Greatest Show in the Making bus tour, which gave visitors a sneak preview of the Expo 2020 Dubai venue, has lifted more than 3,000 people in six weeks.

And 97.7 percent of those who had an up-close look at the site which is set to welcome the world for a 173 days from October 20 next year said they would be returning.

Figures released on Monday also revealed that Indians made up most of the bus tour customers, followed by visitors from the Philippines, Pakistan, the UK and the UAE.

A post-tour survey showed that, on average, visitors rated the likelihood of them coming to Expo 2020 as 9.7 out of 10 while satisfaction with the tour averaged 9.2 out of 10, and Expo’s relevance to each individual tallied at 8.9 out of 10.

The tours – booked out within three hours – began on July 20 and concluded last Saturday.

Manal Al Bayat, chief community engagement officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We were delighted with the success of the sneak preview bus tours... Next month will mark the ‘One Year to Go’ countdown to our once-in-a-lifetime celebration, and we’ll have further opportunities for everyone in the UAE to be part of the Expo story as we journey together towards the World’s Greatest Show.”

Expo 2020 Dubai is set to welcome 192 participating countries and millions of visitors for the largest event ever staged in the Arab world, taking place in Dubai South from October 20 to April 10 2021.

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