Dubai: «The Gulf»
Millions of viewers, virtually and from different continents, attended the opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai, where more than three million people around the world explored the content of the newly developed online interactive platform VirtualExpo.world, and tested it during the first 24 hours of its launch to the world, while the exhibition revealed during the briefing. The daily media reported that the number of visitors exceeded 53,000 visitors of different ages and nationalities during the first day.
In order to enhance the experience of Expo 2020 Dubai, and to transfer the international event to any device connected to the Internet, anywhere in the world, at any time, the Virtual Expo platform VirtualExpo.world provides new ways to explore the first World Expo in the Arab world. As Dubai takes the world to Expo 2020, the Expo virtual platform is bringing Expo 2020 to the world – and while Dubai welcomes 192 participating countries, people in these countries will be able to watch Expo 2020 from all over the world.
The most advanced digital experience
Building on the promise made in 2013 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, that Expo 2020 Dubai will provide the most advanced digital experience in the history of World Expos, the Virtual Expo provides an interesting representation of the event. Physical, accessible and easily accessible to visitors outside the boundaries of the physical site.
Virtual Expo features include immersive 360-degree videos of country and theme pavilions, live entertainment, podcasts, a children’s video tour with animation, Minecraft games and interactive live tours on Twitch.
Explore the wings by default
The platform allows you to explore the pavilions virtually using a laptop, tablet or smartphone, and turns the opening and closing ceremonies into two interactive Minecraft experiences, while the Expo 2020 Dubai Minecraft Experience: Education Edition includes lesson plans for teachers to use in their classrooms, providing deeper insight into the themes of the event. and its sub-themes across immersive games.
Rehan Asad, CEO of Event Programs at Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Expo 2020 Dubai offers the most innovative digital, virtual and enhanced experiences, and the concept of virtual visits for the first time at the level of World Expos. We are committed to fulfilling the promise of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and to bring the best virtual Expo experience to millions of people around the world. The global audience who watched the dazzling opening ceremony online last night from all over the world, strongly demonstrates our commitment to achieving this.”
He added, “The Virtual Expo is looking forward to more than providing a digital presentation of the site and the pavilions, as it allows visitors the opportunity to communicate, create, interact and participate in Expo 2020 content, by testing it in the way that suits them, from any device, and from anywhere in the world.”
The symbolism of “Avatar”
Visitors to the Virtual Expo can access this content online now, and a more immersive expanded version is set to launch in the coming weeks. The opening ceremony on Thursday was streamed live on VirtualExpo.world, and the multiplayer experience will allow users to “attend” the event as an avatar, enjoy fireworks synchronized with the music of Expo 2020, and participate in a customized game that enables them to travel through time to learn about exhibitions Previous International Expo.
Virtual Expo also offers live interactive tours of Expo 2020, with an actual guide on site, which allows groups to visit the site en masse, deciding where they want to go and what landmarks they want to see. These rounds include gameplay elements that allow users to earn points and improve their positions on the top players list.
53 thousand visitors
Expo 2020 Dubai revealed, during the daily media briefing, that the number of visitors to the exhibition amounted to more than 53,000 visitors of different ages and nationalities on its first day, which witnessed the organization of many entertainment, artistic and cultural events, which contributed to attracting visitors from different parts of the Emirates along with Visitors from abroad.
192 countries are participating in the world’s most prominent event, along with a large number of international institutions, bodies and organizations.