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World EXPO 2017 Opens In Astana

Monday, June 12, 2017 - 15:38

On June 9, the capital of Kazakhstan witnessed the solemn opening ceremony of the international exhibition EXPO 2017. The event was participated by President Nursultan Nazarbayev, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Russian President Vladimir Putin, leaders of the SCO member states and several other states, government representatives and heads of international organizations. The opening ceremony took place simultaneously at several venues. The Amphitheater hosted a concert, the Congress Center saw a multimedia shows, and the pavilion “Nur Alem” witnessed a laser and light show. At the end of the ceremony, fireworks were launched above the territory of the exhibition.


In addition, the high guests went for an excursion around the territory of the exhibition complex and familiarized themselves with the central element of EXPO 2017: the sphere-shaped building “Nur Alem” (“Shining World”). This building is the largest spherical object in the world; its diameter is 80 meters, and its height is 100 meters. This sphere hosts the pavilion of Kazakhstan. The construction of the facility involved high-tech and durable glass, which made it possible to isolate the building's interior from sounds and external temperature.


The exhibition area houses thematic, international and commercial pavilions, and a variety of shopping and entertainment facilities. Here is also situated the Congress Center, where panel sessions, thematic conferences and cultural events will take place. The Amphitheater is another part of the exhibition area; it will host performances by popular artists, as well as theatrical shows.


The area of the EXPO 2017 exhibition complex totals 174 hectares.


The international specialized exhibition EXPO 2017 will be held in Astana from June 10 to September 10. The event is devoted to the theme “Energy of the Future.” It's participated by 115 countries and 22 international organizations.

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