A Guide to What Happens on New Years Day at Expo 2020 Dubai

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Plenty of entertainment is planned at Expo 2020 Dubai for New Years Eve, but New Years Day at the site will also be lively.

From dining offerings to live performances and new art installations, there are a myriad of events for the whole family.

Here’s some of what’s on offer:

A trio of Arab artists

One of the biggest events of the day is a performance by three Arab artists. Emirati soul musician Arqam, who plays keyboard and guitar, will perform a set, followed by Saudi singer Hamza Hawsawi, who first rose to prominence on Factor X Arabia in 2013 with his mix of R&B and his native culture.

Emirati mainstay Jassim Mohammed, singer and oud player specializing in opera music, will also perform.

The concert takes place from 9:30 p.m. at Jubilee Park.

Vegan at the Expo

Many restaurants are running special vegan meal deals throughout January to mark the start of the UK’s Veganuary initiative, ahead of the start of a full vegan food festival at the Expo on Friday, January 14.

Melbourne Lane at the Australian Pavilion, for example, serves hot or frozen vegan-friendly lattes, plant-based Milo chocolate and fruit smoothies, as well as dairy-free Vegemite and Bega cheese toast.

Canvas by Coffee + Culture in the Opportunity District will offer a purely vegan menu throughout the day, as well as coffee from Emirati Coffee Roastery.

Adrift Burger Bar offers to prepare “any vegan burger” throughout the month of January with an Impossible Burger galette, as well as a vegan bun and toppings, from 75 Dh.

At the Singapore pavilion’s food kiosk, find vegan siew mai, char siew pau, and satay, with prices starting at Dh20. The Korean restaurant in the country pavilion also serves Korean herbal specialties which cost 68 Dh each.

Yemen Country Day

Yemen is launching the Expo 2020 Country Day program in 2022, January 1 being dedicated to the Arab country. There will be Yemeni music and dance performances featuring four singers, including Hussain Moheb, one of the country’s best-selling artists. Ten traditional Yemeni folk musicians and dancers will also perform.

The showcase takes place between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheater.

Belarusian folklore ensemble

At the Belarusian Pavilion, a performance of the Vytsinanka Folk Music Ensemble will take place between 11 a.m. and noon. It will present the regional folklore of the region of Polesie, songs of authors as well as various styles of music.

Hungarian swing show

Group’n’Swing is a Hungarian group of 10 musicians who have represented their country in the Eurovision Song Contest on several occasions. Now they’re at the Expo, showing off their mix of soul, pop, twist, rockabilly and, of course, swing.

Expect catchy tunes and eye-catching choreography at the shows at Sea Stage in the Mobility District from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays and from 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Dogs with Dubai Police

A new activity for dog lovers has started at the Expo, taking place every Saturday until March 26. Head to the smart main police station to spot spaniels, cockers, and border collies, and snap your photos with the doggies.

It’s at 2020 Plaza in the Al Wasl area and will take place on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Update: December 28, 2021, 9:13 a.m.