Marketed as ‘The World’s Greatest Show’, Expo 2020 is a much-awaited event hosted by Dubai that will run for a duration of 6 months. Held for the first time in an Arab nation, the event will showcase its theme of Connecting Mind, Creating The Future through unique and pioneering innovations and technology.
2013 was a significant year for Dubai. It was the year that decided the direction the city’s future will be heading towards. It was the year that helped the city recover after the financial crisis. It was the year Dubai had won the Expo 2020 bid and took away the opportunity to host the event from Russia, Brazil, and Turkey.
And so began the journey to host ’The World’s Greatest Show’.
The core theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting minds, Creating the future’, setting the stage for around 192 countries to come together, and share ideas that will help shape the future. The event purpose is also built around 3 spheres of termed Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability, encouraging a collective world with smarter and more sustainable technology.
Hosted for the first time in the Middle East & North Africa, Expo 2020 Dubai will further strengthen the notion that Dubai is a melting pot of cultures and diversity as the event opens itself up to 25 million visitors, among which 70% are estimated to be international visitors. These international visitors will also get a chance to experience UAE’s heritage and history, something that is also reflected in the Expo 2020 logo, the design inspired by an artifact discovered in the country that is dated 4,000 years.
Large businesses, small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs are eager to reap the benefits that the Expo 2020 will bring, suggesting economic growth, job opportunities and a platform that will place them amidst global companies. A study by Ernst & Young Middle East in April 2019 forecasted that that event will provide a AED122.6bn ($33.4bn) boost to the economy since the preparation stage to the legacy after the event.
Aside from drawing in investors, pioneers, and businessmen, the event aims to attract visitors from all walks of life. The site will hold 60 live events per day, ranging from music performances, parades to workshops and art installations, and include more than 200 restaurants. Further, what will leave visitors in awe are the designs of pavilions - as they represent modern and unique architecture that has never been seen before, e.g. the Wasl Dome that sits at the heart of the Expo 2020 site is expected to be converted to a 360-degree projector screen at night.
The event will be running for six months and was set to open its doors on the 20th of October 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 has delayed its opening date to the 1st of October 2021 until 31st of March 2022. Nonetheless, the excitement regarding the event prevails.
Previous World Expos introduced the world to the mobile phone, ice cream cones, X-ray machines, ferris wheel, touchscreens as well as famous icons such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, Atomium in Brussels, and Space Needle in Seattle. As the event draws nearer, it is exciting to see what legacy Expo 2020 Dubai will leave behind.