The solemn opening ceremony was attended by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev, as well as 17 foreign heads of states and governments.
According to organizers, 1,2 million tickets were sold at EXPO-2017. Along with Kazakhstan, guests from the USA, Europe, China and the CIS are expected to arrive.
The exhibition "Astana EXPO-2017" is the first international exhibition to be held in the territory of the entire post-Soviet space. It will last three months and end on September 10 this year.
The Head of State Nursultan Nazarbayev congratulated everyone on the opening of the international specialized exhibition EXPO-2017 in Astana, the Akorda press-service reported.
The President of Kazakhstan noted that Kazakhstan is the first CIS and Eastern European country to hold an exhibition of EXPO. 115 states and 22 international organizations participated in Exhibition.
"I want to express my gratitude to all countries for accepting our application and the proposed topic. An exhibition of this magnitude is not only the efforts of one state, it is the work of the international community, which is representing its achievements here. The international exhibition EXPO in Astana is a new peak in the promotion of our country and the national brand "Kazakhstan" in the global space. Declaring the theme "Energy of the future", we expect to be at the very core of scientific progress," Nursultan Nazarbayev said.
The main pavilion of the exhibition is a building made in a spherical form, called "Nur Alem". Its total area is 41.5 thousand square meters, exhibition territory - 20,5 thousand square meters, diameter - 80 m. The main theme of the Kazakhstan pavilion is the "Museum of Future Energy".
The official opening ceremony of EXPO-2017 was completed with a light show and a grandiose fireworks.