Expo 2020 Dubai kicks off

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East opens in Dubai on Friday.

Expo 2020 Dubai will run for six months until March at a venue built in the desert outside the largest city of the United Arab Emirates. The event was postponed for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

At the Japan Pavilion, the country's traditional culture, anime and latest technologies in such fields as environment and space are introduced.

The pavilion also features the next world fair which will be held in Japan -- Expo 2025 Osaka, Kansai.

Israel is participating in this year's fair, indicating its closer ties with the UAE. The two countries normalized diplomatic relations last year through mediation by the United States.

The UAE government is maintaining its initial goal of attracting 25 million visitors despite travel restrictions still in place in many countries.

All visitors to the Expo aged 18 or older have to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours.

But the government plans to keep relaxed quarantine rules for travelers from abroad during the world fair. International visitors are currently not required to quarantine upon arrival in the UAE if they present a negative test result.