With almost a year left and excitement reaching the sky, events like Dubai Expo 2020 indeed come once in a long while. So, now while the world is going to witness the amazing future with the help of this blockbuster event, we thought about giving you an early glimpse of what’s coming in between 20th October 2020 and 10th April 2021 to the deserted lands of UAE.
What Is Dubai Expo 2020?
As a lot of you might have read it on their website (if not, it’s still alright), the main theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, with sub-themes linked to ‘Opportunity’, ‘Mobility’ and ‘Sustainability’. The organizers aim to showcase innovation that will blow your mind unlike any other Expo held before, encourage collaboration and celebrate human ingenuity.
The best innovators from all around the world, have already been invited to take humanity forward into the future of education, employment, financial models, transport, travel, and exploration, improving mobility for disabled people and disconnected communities, logistics, protecting natural ecosystems and promoting biodiversity, climate change, resource management, sustainable cities and other challenges that the world is currently struggling with.
While the list might be too much to grab all at once, there is one thing for sure that since Dubai Expo 2020 will host the best of the best, you can expect some amazing surprises in every category.
Sheikh Rashid And His Team Has Been Preparing For Expo 2020 Since the Last 5 Years:
Dubai’s bid to host Expo 2020 was declared successful on 27th November 2013 by The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris. It has indeed been a dream come true for HH Sheikh Zayed and Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, who personally has also made the claims to “astonish the world in 2020”.
When the deal was sealed, Dubai celebrated the enormous achievement with a grand firework display at Burj Khalifa and if you have missed that, then pack your bags for the real fun because according to early estimates The World Expo is expected to have participants from over 190 countries and host 25 million visitors, with 70% coming for this one gem of an event from outside the UAE.
The History of World Expos:
The history of World Expo goes back to 1851 when it was first held at London’s Crystal Palace with the name of “The Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations”. Through the event, the world got to see 100,000 innovative products that later contributed to the industrial revolution and the World Expo became unstoppable.
Some of the most amazing innovations that emerge through Expos include the telegraph in London in 1851, the typewriter in Philadelphia in 1876, the diesel engine in Paris in 1900, the color TV in New York in 1964, IMAX film in Osaka in 1970, and wireless trams in Yeosu in 2012.
The latest expo was held in Milan, Italy, under the theme of “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” in 2015 and the highlights of the show were solar trees and energy-saving elevators – which by chance UAE is also considering for their high-rise buildings.
How Expo 2020 Will Make Dubai Grow Further?
The world knows UAE mostly for tourism and hospitality for now, but with The World Expo 2020, the major stakeholders involved in the event and rulers want to show a side of Dubai that will attract investors to invest in different sectors and industries such as construction, finance, sustainability, and many more all around the country.
That being said, the local businesses will have a golden chance to connect with prospects and eventually become successful in their strategic approach of building connections, closing deals and make a name for themselves on the global map.
Besides that, this is the first time that the site of any World Expo will remain useful after the event. By that we mean after the 6-month expo, the officials are also planning to transform the site into District 2020 – with offices, residential spaces, cultural attractions, leisure amenities and parks featured as a part of it.
“We are building a city in Dubai South that is here to stay and will bolster the many other plans for growth that our leaders have for the country,” Marjan Faraidooni, senior vice president of legacy development and impact at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The government has already been working on new roads, rail links, and even expanding the airport capacity to accommodate more people. The logistic framework of the United Arab Emirates is becoming more efficient and grand just for the sake of competing with other international business centers.
From a financial point of view, the consultancy firm EY has predicted that the event will provide an AED122.6bn ($33.4bn) boost to the local economy, along with the emergence of 49,700 full-time jobs a year. This all will occur into three blocks: a seven-year build-up to the Expo, the six months when the Expo is being held, and a ten-year legacy period.
What Will Dubai Expo 20 Look Like?
Al Wasl Plaza will be the heart of Expo 2020 and back in April 2017 the first glimpses of the event were shown with how the location will shape up as per the scale of Expo 2020.
In pictures, we see a dome that also doubles up as a 360-degree screen at night, projecting images. It will be 65 meters tall with a diameter of 150m and will have the capacity to hold 10,000 visitors as per the estimates of Ahmed Al-Khatib, vice president of property at Expo 2020 Dubai. These doms will also be filled with fountains, waterfalls, parks and palm-lined courtyards, while also being partly open to the sky from the top.
The pavilions will be based on participating countries and each of the main themes.
It will host interactive exhibits, like entertainment, lavish meeting spaces, quirky hangouts and much more. You can enjoy authentic dishes from every corner of the world – from street food to haute cuisine in more than 200 food and beverage outlets, along with fantastic art installations from local and global talents across Expo 2020’s canvas.
Looking at every picture one can definitely say that it would be nothing short of a utopian fair that we watch and only imagine with futuristic movies.
The Logo says it all:
There is absolutely no doubt in the fact that the logo of Dubai Expo 2020 is fascinating, but what it denotes creates more value as it has been inspired by a ring found at a 4,000-year-old archaeological site in the desert in the Al Marmum area of Dubai.
Moreover, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid has explained the meaning in the best way on logo unveiling event last year, where he said “it represents our message to the world that our civilization has deep roots. We were and will always be a pot that gathers civilizations and a center for innovation”.