There’s now less than 2 years to go to Expo2020!

It’s a universal exposition to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates. October 20, 2020 is the date everyone in the UAE is looking forward to.

 

DUBAI WINS

Every five years, the major cities of the world compete for the opportunity to host the World Expo. The candidate cities that submitted their bid to the Bureau of International Expositions to host Expo 2020 were Izmir, Turkey; Yekaterinburg, Russia; São Paulo, Brazil and Dubai, UAE.

The words quoted were “Ladies and gentlemen, Dubai wins” and thus the hard work turned right on the way making Dubai won the bid in 2013. Dubai won by a resounding majority with 116 votes, leaving Yekaterinburg, Russia, with only 47.

“I am proud of our teams who earned this victory for Dubai with two years of hard work, dedication and commitment,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said. “We renew our promise to astonish the world in 2020.”

BURJ KHALIFA COUNTDOWN

Lights, dance, plenty of action. This summed up the festivities in the shadow of the Burj Khalifa. A beautifully-choreographed show at The Dubai Fountain and a stunning three minute projection on Burj Khalifa formed the climax of festivities on Saturday.

Five hours of interactive live music performances, illuminations, lessons in dance from all over the world, artistic exhibitions, global cuisines, and more were included in the event organised.  

Though the breathtaking countdown at Burj Khalifa, marking Expo2020’s two-year-to-go was just a beginning.

EXPO 2020 FEATURES

The location of Expo is in the area known as Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport. The site covers 4.38 sq km and has four main entrances. The Dubai Metro Route 2020 will take 46,000 passengers per hour to and from the Expo site in under 16 minutes from Dubai Marina.

A dome is set to double up as a 360-degree screen at night, projecting images to thousands of visitors both inside and outside. The dome will be 65 metres tall with a diameter of 150m, and will hold an estimated 10,000 visitors, said Ahmed Al Khatib, vice president of property at Expo 2020 Dubai. Filled with fountains, waterfalls, parks and palm-lined courtyards, the dome will be partly open to the sky at the top.

There will also be a separate them pavilion for each participating country and also a pavilion for each of the main themes – sustainability, mobility and opportunity. The UAE pavilion meanwhile is being designed by Santiago Calatrava and features the outline of a falcon.

The concept of ‘legacy’ has been a cornerstone of Expo 2020 since Dubai was awarded the event in November 2013. In addition to its primary focus of legacy, District 2020 will continue to build on Expo 2020’s theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. It’ll all be showcased by a million new tech stuff which will also cover flying cars as Über has signed an agreement with Dubai roads and Transport Authority to test them at Expo 2020.

YOUTH INVOLVEMENT

Keeping in mind the vast potential of the youth in this country, Expo 2020 has created a dedicated team called Youth Connect to make sure students of all ages and the school community can take full advantage of Expo 2020. Platforms such as school roadshows, field trips at the Expo 2020 site and teachers’ workshops are being used to engage with schools. The team is also creating resources to help bring to life the Expo 2020 themes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability in the classrooms.

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