Celebrities at Expo 2020 Dubai: from Bryan Cranston to Leo Messi

From movie stars to sportsmen, the event has had many famous faces visit since opening to the public

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:

G V Prakash Kumar

The Indian composer and actor took a visit to the Expo 2020 on January 3. He uploaded a video to his Instagram account showing off the India Pavilion, and later posted some comments about it. In a Twitter video, he also praised the pavilion, saying: "I feel very happy to be present here at the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai which showcases India's strengths and achievements brilliantly."

Armin van Buuren

The popular Dutch DJ performed a special New Year's set at Expo. Performing as part of a 13-hour concert event, he took to the stage at 1.30am, helping usher in 2022. Ahead of the gig, he said he was excited for it and called it a "great way to end this year".

Dimitri Vegas

The Belgian DJ was the other big name who helped welcome 2022 at Expo. He uploaded a video showing him counting down with the crowd, before celebrating the New Year with streamers and pyrotechnics going off to a cheering crowd at Al Wasl Plaza.

Lea Salonga

The Filipino singing sensation performed at Expo on Christmas Day. Known as the voice of Princess Jasmine in A Whole New World from the Disney classic Aladdin, she shared the stage with singer and pianist Joe Stilgoe as well as the London Community Gospel Choir.

Tamer Hosny

The Egyptian singer took to the stage for a performance of his biggest hits on December 23. Afterwards, he shared a post of appreciation on Instagram, writing that he felt "immense pride" in the concert and thanking the audience as well as the Arab community that attended. He also praised the organisers and those responsible for putting on the show.

AR Rahman

No stranger to the UAE, the Oscar-winning composer returned to Expo for a performance with other Indian stars on December 23. The concert, which took place at Jubilee Park, was his first in almost two years and featured some of his most beloved compositions. Ahead of the event, he also took to Instagram on December 21 to share a video of himself at Expo, exploring the pavilions.

Lionel Messi

The Paris Saint-German star made a surprise visit to Expo Dubai 2020 on December 13. Messi, who recently clinched a record-breaking seventh Ballon d'Or award, carried a football during the trip as he posed near Expo's popular waterfall attraction. He also met with Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, Minister of Tolerance and Coexistence, and Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Youth, during his tour.

Luis Figo

The former Barcelona star was at Expo for Mastercard's Priceless Surprises that took place at the Mastercard Cube on December 13. Now retired, he was briefly reunited with the UEFA Champions League Cup, which was on display at the event.

Alicia Keys