Expo 2020 Dubai has recorded its highest number of visitors in the first few weeks of the event.

The expo opened on October 1, and by December 5 it had enjoyed a record 5,663,960 visits. The scores of visits are said to have been boosted by the to the UAE’s Golden Jubilee festivities, alongside a number of music, cultural and sports events and performances.

During the first two months of the 182-day expo, a total of 10,461 events have already been put on. Among those visiting the Dubai Exhibition Centre, where the event is being held, have been heads of state, presidents, prime minister and ministers.

More than a quarter of the expo attendees in November were visiting from outside the UAE, coming from the likes of Germany, India, France, the UK and Saudi Arabia.

The French President Emmanuel Macron, congratulated the organisers of 2020 Dubai for making the exhibition such a success, when he visited the site in November.

Reem bint Ibrahim Al Hashemy, minister of state for international cooperation and director general of Expo 2020 Dubai, commented on the success:

“We are delighted with the figures, and that so many people chose to celebrate such a momentous occasion, the UAE’s 50th National Day, with us here at Expo 2020 Dubai.

“Two months in, these numbers are a testament to the hard work of everyone involved in Expo, from the hosting of spectacular events that make people want to visit again and again, to the bringing together of global changemakers on a powerful platform for action and collaboration, and – crucially – to our robust Covid-19 measures, which allow us to accommodate such large numbers in a safe, reassuring manner,” he added.