Expo is an ultimate destination where people across the globe gather to celebrate ingenuity with the exhibition of ideas, through innovation and collaboration.
The year 1851 witnessed the first World Expo in the Great Exhibition held in London. Later, many countries have hosted World expos with various themes developed around the field of science, technology, arts, culture, and innovation.
Expos are organized once every five years and celebrated for six months.
What is Dubai Expo 2020?
The World Expo 2020 is hosted by Dubai in the UAE from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. Though the event was scheduled to be held from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, this got postponed with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic.
This mega event is open with the theme of ‘Connecting minds, Creating the future‘, and opens up the spotlight for about 192 participant countries and 60 live events every day. Expo 2020 Dubai leaves space for fun, innovation, and a blend of culture for people to meet, greet and have the best experience. The event is live every day from 10 AM till midnight from Saturday to Wednesday and from 10 AM till 2 AM for Thursdays and Fridays.
When did Dubai win the Expo?
The UAE was elected to host the 2020 World Expo in the BIE (Bureau International Des Expositions) General Assembly held on November 27, 2013, in Paris.
Out of the votes made by 164 nation members, Dubai won the majority by 116 votes, where the contestant Yekaterinburg of Russia made only 47 votes.
In March 2016, a new logo was revealed for Dubai Expo 2020. The logo design was adopted from the ring at Saroug Al Hadeed archaeological site.
Al Wasl Plaza, known as the heart of the 2020 Expo was inaugurated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Ruler of Dubai and the Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE; and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and the Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces.
Dubai 2020 Expo is the first World Expo hosted in the regions of the Middle East, South Asia, and Africa, and also the first Expo to be organized by an Arab country.
Dubai Expo 2020 Major Attractions
The vital opening and closing events of the Expo will be held at Al Wasl Plaza. In 2017, the first look design of Al Wasl Plaza was made accessible to convey the idea to the public. The dome design doubles up into a 360-degree display screen during the night, projects the images to visitors from both inside and outside the area.
With a capacity to hold about 10,000 visitors a time, some stands with 65 meters height and overall 150 meters diameter. It is semi-open to the azure skies at the top portion and packed with scenic fountains, parks, waterfalls, and palm-lined courtyards.
The pavilion is designed by Santiago Calatrava which exhibits a falcon outline. Every participant country has a pavilion assigned for them, with their chosen themes among Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity.
The project has contributed to the improvement in the Dubai South area developed for Expo. With opportunities for marketing, an exhibition of culture, art, tech enthusiasts, etc., Dubai Expo 2020 has set the grounds to leave a remarkable experience to visitors and participants worldwide.