(ANSA) - DUBAI, 11 OCT - There are 411,768 visitors to ExpoDubai in its first ten days, from the official opening on 1 October. This number only counts ticket holders, so it excludes staff, staff, but also media and delegations. The first official figure of the visitors of the first Expo in the Middle East, a number that counts ten days including the tenth, is given to the press during the daily review to the international media by the communication office, by Sconaid McGeachin, vice president of Expo communication. And on paper it would be a lower number compared to the previous Expo 2015 in Milan, even if a real comparison cannot be made, because we have no similar data with which to compare it, but only overall numbers of the 2015 event.
Visitors to Expo Dubai come from 175 different nationalities, not far from the 192 countries participating in the event, with their own pavilion. However, this percentage, as well as the number of visitors, should grow with the increase in international travel and then the climate of Dubai, in this very hot moment, from November becomes less humid and spring temperatures, with the city returning to become an attractive tourist destination.
The Italian Commissioner at Expo Paolo Glisenti pointed out that between 20 and 25% of visitors to the Universal Exhibition in Dubai pass through the Italian Pavilion, which thanks also to the international press review received by the David in 3d exhibited in his Pavilion, has drawn ours is among the most visited of the Universal Exposition in Dubai. The Italian Pavilion is among the most popular, together with that of the hosts of Expo, the United Arab Emirates, and the French one, which enjoyed the attention and visibility of the national day dedicated to France, the second day of Expo. As is always the case of the 175 nationalities visiting Expo, they prefer first of all to pass through the pavilion of their own country. Therefore the Pavilions most represented by nationalities who already live in Dubai, Emirati, French,Indians and Iranians in the lead.
There are different types of tickets, from the free ones offered by the Emirates airline for those traveling to Dubai, to the purchase of a single day ticket, which is worth as little as 20 euros, to passes for longer periods. One in three Expo visitors came from abroad, half of whom traveled to Dubai with Emirates, so they entered with a free ticket. It is therefore difficult to make the economic accounts of the event. But we know that 'one in five visitors has already visited the Expo more than once', in these ten days, demonstrating that one day is not enough, but also that "This event, where the whole world is gathered, from institutions to businesses in a unique place, it is an important opportunity for business and commerce, "says Khalid Sharaf, programbusiness director at Expo.
Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister for International Cooperation and Director General of ExpoDubai, said: "We are very pleased with this wonderful turnout. The numbers achieved in the first ten days reflect the enthusiasm of the world to participate in ExpoDubai. The coming days and the next few weeks will be full of special events that will offer visitors a rich and fun experience, and we look forward to welcoming many more people from all over the world ", signaling people's desire to reconnect and imagine a future together.