Expo 2020 Dubai has invited the world to ring in 2022 in electrifying style, with round-the-clock entertainment featuring world-class DJs, two fireworks displays and a midnight ‘ball drop’ at Al Wasl Plaza, held against a backdrop of extensive safety measures to ensure an unforgettable New Year’s Eve.
Aligned with numerous time zones across 13 hours of festivities, the Expo’s site-wide New Year celebrations will begin at 1500 GST on December 31 and last until 0400 the following morning. Star DJ Dimitri Vegas is set to thrill crowds at the Jubilee Park from 2330 GST followed by a spectacular set at 0130 from Armin Van Buuren, one of the world’s biggest DJs and producers in electronic music, according to a statement.
Numerous Arab, Filipino and Indian DJs will feature throughout the evening too, with a midnight ‘ball drop’ moment at Al Wasl Plaza, fireworks displays at midnight and 0300, as well as celebrations across many of Expo’s 192 Country pavilions – all heralding 2022 in show-stopping style.
More than 70 restaurants and 120-plus food concepts, including food trucks, food halls, restaurants, bars, kiosks and other concepts by international chefs, will also be to hand on New Year’s Eve.
The new Festival Garden in Expo’s Jubilee Park, featuring communal seating, a main stage, food trucks, kiosks and carts, offers an ideal place to enjoy music and entertainment with the family, while a variety of restaurants will offer set menus, DJ performances and entertainment throughout New Year’s Eve.
Dubai Metro will also run continuously throughout NYE.
Chief Events and Entertainment Officer Tareq Ghosheh said: “New Year’s Eve is a unique moment in time – celebrations made ever more poignant over these past two years as we address the pandemic together. As we continue to safely host 192 nations over 182 days, as the largest event ever held in the Arab world, we are thrilled to host a celebration of top class entertainment and other activities, welcoming 2022 with renewed optimism for a brighter future.”
The Expo’s latest Covid-19 measures include the expansion of the number of on-site PCR testing facilities to four, and free testing for all Country Pavilion staff. While frontline workers and entertainers continue to be tested on a regular basis, some close contact events, such as parades and roving entertainers, have been temporarily suspended.
With more than 90 per cent of the UAE population fully vaccinated, Expo 2020 Dubai has required mandatory vaccination and boosters of all Expo and International Participant staff, volunteers, contractors and service providers.
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