Amid travel restrictions, China tops list of virtual visits to Expo 2020 Dubai


DUBAI, 10 January 2022 – Despite global travel restrictions, individuals from China are making the most of Expo 2020 Dubai through Virtual Expo, where Chinese visitors ranked number one.

Between Expo’s Opening Ceremony on 30 September and 9 January 2022, more than 57.4 million people have visited Virtual Expo on all its platforms, with visitation from China, which celebrated its national day at Expo 2020 today (10 January), now topping the list.

Rehan Asad, Chief Programme Officer, Expo 2020, said: “While many visitors from China have been unable to visit Expo 2020 Dubai in person due to global travel restrictions surrounding COVID-19, millions have shown keen interest by visiting the site on Virtual Expo.

“The platform has allowed visitors from all over the world to take part in a once-in-a-lifetime global gathering, explore 192 countries virtually and enjoy world-class events and entertainment – from their own devices, from anywhere in the world.”

Building on a 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 would deliver the most advanced virtual experience ever for a World Expo, Virtual Expo is an exciting representation of the physical event that visitors can easily access and interact with away from anywhere in the world.

The Infinite Nights Concert starring Alicia Keys has received a staggering 16 million views since it was uploaded onto the platform on 10 December, 2021. The Opening Ceremony ranked second with 7.5 million views, followed by the Live@Expo Guided Virtual Expo Site Tour platform with 7.4 million.