Hollywood heavyweight Steve Harvey applauded the UAE as a country of possibilities as he addressed fans at Expo 2020 Dubai's Al Wasl Plaza on International Day of Happiness on Sunday (20 March).
Praising the international collaboration of Expo 2020 Dubai as a testament to what the world can achieve, Steve Harvey said: "[Expo 2020 Dubai] exposes this place to the world. You get to go to all these different pavilions at Expo and maybe experience a culture you wouldn't normally see. But then, at the same time, it exposes the whole world to each other. So you can go to different countries on different continents without getting on an aeroplane, and meet people and learn about food and their culture, ideas, faiths, and all.
"I just think it is a great way to bring the world together. I mean, we need that now. You know, we got so much trouble out here in the world. It's kind of good to have a piece and when you can see … This is really how the world is supposed to be."
Harvey has been a regular visitor to the UAE for more than a decade and recently started MELT, a vehicle for aspiring regional entrepreneurs and talent to create concepts and have their work globally recognised through possible celebrity partnerships and endorsements.
Harvey said: "Opening the company here was really smart because the UAE is becoming more of a global centre. It's where people come from everywhere. You know, you get jaded when you live in the US. We're taught that America is the most powerful nation, America is the richest nation, but you forgot about the rest of the world. The rest of the world is very powerful, very wealthy, and has some advantages to it, too. I can come here and open up a business and be in a peaceful place."
On International Day of Happiness, Harvey's message was hope: " Many people are struggling with what happened to them in the pandemic … They were alone, lost their job, and lost loved ones. But can I tell you something? You made it… Life is not easy… Keep a smile on your face, keep your faith, keep moving, man, and be grateful you still here [sic]."