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Thursday's spectacular ceremony officially opened the World Expo 2020 held in Dubai. The gates of the exhibition centre covering more than four square kilometres have also been already officially opened with exhibitions featuring 191 countries. The Czech Republic will be showcasing its escape system that produces water using solar energy from the air.

Dubai's Vasl Plaza was the venue for the opening ceremony of the World Expo 2020 on Thursday and it was attended by invited guests only but the opening ceremony could be watched on streaming platforms.

In addition to concerts by well-known artists and a live orchestra, a sensory show packed with visual effects was projected in the Al Wasl Plaza dome, the largest 360-degree projection screen in the world.

More than 3,000 lighting fixtures, 1,000 speakers and over 1,000 performers and volunteers contributed to an artistic spectacle that was not missed by nearly 1 million viewers online. 

Celebrations and awards

More light shows will be held on the evening of Friday, October 1. The fireworks show will be launched after 8pm local time by Dubai Festival City, The Frame, The Pointe and Palm Jumeirah shopping malls and entertainment venues, each showcasing their own unique concepts.

The list of venues from which the launch will be broadcast further includes more than 240 hotels across the country. In addition, dozens of business and other institutions or Dubai International Airport will be broadcasting the experience.

However, the UAE's Secretary of State for International Cooperation and CEO of Expo 2020 Dubai, Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, has already unveiled a memorial that pays tribute to the 200,000 workers who contributed to the construction of the entire complex.

"We wanted to recognise the incredible work of over 200,000 workers and their contribution to Expo 2020 Dubai. We thank everyone for the tremendous effort they have put in," said the director.

The Czech pavilion is unique

Visitors will find the Czech pavilion in the "Sustainability" zone on a 2,200 square metre site and as at Expo 2015 in Milan, it is the first one at one of the main entrances to the exhibition centre.

According to Jiří František Potužník, Director General of the Czech Republic's participation at the Universal World Expo, the Czech pavilion is unique in that it introduces a concept useful for countries that are plagued by insufficient water supplies.

"The S.A.W.E.R. system already surpasses even the most optimistic estimates, producing more than 900 litres of water from the air every day," Potužník adds. The statue of Jaroslav Róna – Robot is supervising everything with dignity, behind it visitors will find an extraordinary spectacle: the trunks of a subfossil oak tree more than six thousand years old.

The heart of the pavilion is formed by steel capillaries that let cool water run down and over the glass embryos, growing through the walls and creating a cloud shielding visitors and the garden. Jan Dostal's work is the largest hand-formed stainless steel sculpture in the world. Visitors then ascend to the first floor past an equally monumental luminous installation by LASVIT, designed by Maxim Velčovský. The exhibit called Golden Rain is made of metal fibers and glass and combines traditional glassmaking with modern technology. 

Brány Expa se otevřely. První návštěvníci obdivují expozice 191 zemí -