Expo 2020 Dubai promises milestone moments to rival those of recent and ancient history, and the event has hired musician and innovator Will.i.am to be the English-speaking voice of its promotion.
In a 60-second ‘Be There for the World’s Greatest Show’ spot, Will.i.am celebrates the history of human achievement in a flowing rhyme while espousing the accomplishments yet to come in art, science, music, fashion and more.
At first, he states, “you weren’t there” as people created algebra, the bicycle tire, built the pyramids or painted the Mona Lisa, all cut with flashes of real, animated and CGI images.
“But you could be there, and with your own eyes witness new acts of human genius,” he continues as he promotes the six-month event with a fast-paced, cinematic montage, saying people “can’t afford to miss” the spectacle.
Active in 29 markets and 14 languages, the film asks you to ‘be there’ to witness the next wave of human brilliance when Expo 2020 Dubai opens its doors on 20 October 2020.
An Arabic version is voiced by Emirati performer Hussain Al Jasmi, who was announced as an Expo 2020 Dubai Ambassador.
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