Celebrities at Expo 2020 Dubai: from Bryan Cranston to Usain Bolt

The event has already had some famous faces since opening to public in October

Expo 2020 Dubai has kicked off, and a number of celebrities have made their way to the world’s greatest show.

From athletes to actors and singers to royalty, here are some of the famous faces that have been spotted at the world's fair since its opening ceremony on September 30:

Nadine Labaki

The Bafta-nominated Lebanese actress and director was at the Expo to give a talk at Women's Pavilion where she showed her short film Women of Wonder on November 17. Shown to visitors as they arrived in the pavilion, the film uses a child’s perspective to shed light on gender inequality.

Bryan Cranston

The actor was seen at Expo 2020 Dubai visiting the Mexican Pavilion on November 15. He has also been spotted at other hot spots in the emirate promoting his new beverage brand with his Breaking Bad co-star Aaron Paul.

Pep Guardiola

The Manchester City coach surprised football fans with a visit to the Expo on November 15. He made stops at the UAE Pavilion, where he learnt more about the traditions and culture of the country, and the UK Pavilion, before hosting a Q&A session with invited guests.

Usain Bolt

The world-famous athlete was at the world's fair as part of a partnership between Bolt, Gatorade and Expo 2020 Dubai's Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub. He led a 1.45-kilometre family run to raise funds for Al Noor Rehabilitation and Welfare Association for People of Determination on November 13.

Prince Albert of Monaco

Prince Albert visited Expo 2020 Dubai to mark Monaco’s country day by getting a tour around the site as well as giving a speech at the Monaco Pavilion on November 13.

Highlight and Punch

The K-pop band boy band took to the Jubilee Stage to perform live as part of the Kite: K-pop in the Emirates 2021 concert on November 12. Joining them virtually were fellow groups BTOB, Luminous and Laboum. Punch, known as the "K-drama soundtrack queen" in the UAE, also performed live.

Nancy Ajram

The Lebanese singer performed at Expo 2020 as part of the Infinite Nights concert series on November 12. The show took place live from Al Wasl Plaza but was streamed to a global audience. “Dubai… you’ve been #Magical, can’t wait to see you again!” she tweeted.

Ragheb Alama

Alama performed along with Ajram. He shared photos from the event on his Instagram and wrote that the crowd left him speechless. “A magical evening. Thank you all for being there and a special thank you to everyone that took part in organising such as breathtaking event,” he wrote.

Deepika Padukone

The Bollywood actress was spotted at a number of pavilions during her visit on November 11. The official Expo 2020 Dubai account shared photos of the star inside the UAE Pavilion, where she was also given a tour of the site.

Amr Diab

The Egyptian superstar took to the stage at Expo 2020 Dubai on October 30 as part of Egypt’s country day. “What a night, it was good to see you all for Egypt's Expo 2020 National Day celebrations,” he posted on Instagram.

Vanessa Kirby

The Crown actress stopped by Expo 2020 Dubai for the opening of the Women’s Pavilion, in collaboration with Cartier, on October 27. The Bafta-winning star wore a sleek black lace-trimmed suit for the occasion, sharing a photo with her 1.7 million Instagram followers.

Ali Zafar

The Pakistani singer-songwriter was at Expo 2020 on October 24, to perform as part of the The Land of Melodies with Ali Zafar, a celebration of the friendship between Pakistan and the UAE.

He also took to Instagram to share a photo of himself outside the Pakistan Pavilion. “Felt proud of Pakistan’s highly professional and visually sublime representation at the Dubai Expo 2021,” he wrote in the caption.

AR Rahman

Oscar and Grammy-winning musician AR Rahman is on the lookout for exceptional talent from the Middle East to perform in an all-female orchestra at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Auditions for the Firdaus Women’s Orchestra, with a 12-strong core group and 50 to 100 members, will begin soon.

(Photo: Reem Mohammed/The National)


The superstar music maestro AR Rahman was at Expo 2020 as part of a performance with the Firdaus Orchestra on October 23. The two-time Academy Award and double Grammy Award-winner has been in Dubai since July, composing work he hopes will unite people in friendship at the world's fair.

Kadim Al Sahir

The Iraqi star headlined the first Infinite Nights concert on October 15. Nicknamed “the Caesar of Arabic songs” and "Iraq's ambassador to the world", Al Sahir also shared a photo from backstage rehearsals ahead of his gig.

Mikel Arteta

Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta took a trip to the Emirates airline pavilion on October 11. His also included stops at the Spanish and Argentinian pavilions, the Sustainability pavilion, Al Wasl Dome and the popular Garden in the Sky observation tower for a 360-degree view of the site.

Nomzamo Mbatha and Zozibini Tunzi

The South African actress made an appearance at Expo 2020 Dubai as part of Celebrating SA's Global Icons: Women Category, alongside former Miss Universe Zozibini Tunzi, on October 7.

“Our pavilion here in Dubai was great because it’s about knowing that we have an equal footing and that we earned our place to be in the international market," Mbatha told The National. "I came here to meet my international peers and it is through those conversations that our industry will grow."

Andrea Bocelli

The Italian tenor shared a photo of himself taken with his fellow performers from the September 30 opening ceremony on Instagram, as part of a gallery that also showcased Al Wasl Plaza.

Lang Lang

Chinese pianist Lang Lang posted a behind-the-scenes photo of himself standing in a circle with all his fellow performers from the opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai. It was shared by Hussain Al Jassmi, Angelique Kidjo and Mayssa Karaa, who also took to the stage on the evening.

Lang called it “a beautiful event” while also sharing photos of the opening ceremony itself.

Khaled Alkhaledi

Saudi Arabian actor Khaled Alkhaledi posted to his Instagram where he is seen in a video with Dubai TV host Abdullah Ismail on September 30.

"I have waited so long to come here. Where are we?" he asks Ismail.

"We are the Expo 2020 opening ceremony, the exclusive launch for media, social media influencers, and celebrities," says Ismail. "Your presence Khaled has brightened the UAE and Expo altogether."

"The UAE has been working on Expo for seven years, day and night. This is our Emirates, a nation that contains kindness, and warmth," says Alkhaledi.

Noha Nabil

Kuwait influencer Noha Nabil shared a photo of herself at the opening ceremony on September 30, writing that "Dubai dazzled the world today with the launch of the #Expo2020, which exceeded all expectations".

Expo 2020 Dubai runs until Thursday, March 31. With 192 country pavilions, as well as themed exhibitions at the Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability pavilions, 200 dining venues and up to 60 shows a day, the event is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors.

Day tickets, multi-day passes and season passes for those aged 18 to 59 can all be bought from the Expo 2020 Dubai online ticket office.

Scroll through our gallery below to see more from Expo 2020 Dubai's opening day:

Updated: November 18th 2021, 12:28 PM