In 2020, Dubai will be the focus of the world’s attention as it hosts the worldwide Expo 2020.
Scheduled to last half a year, the show will run from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, under the major slogan of seeking out and presenting various innovative and creative solutions pioneered by companies and entrepreneurs the world over. The expo will also showcase the ways these solutions will aid mankind as it makes technological and economic progress.
“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” will be Expo 2020’s defining theme, which organizers say means humankind’s potential to jointly explore new ideas. The event is planned to welcome participants from nearly 200 countries. A circle made up of petals—Expo 2020’s logo—represents the participants’ collective effort in striving to achieve mankind’s common goals.
The show will cover an area of 4.38 square kilometres between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The swath of desert will be replaced with a system of magnificent buildings. A structure called Al Wasl (“the connection”) will occupy the central spot in the expo’s area. Three spacious pavilions will rise around the structure, each reflecting a separate theme. A multitude of other halls will be constructed as well, with the Superstore of the Future hall—a marketplace to sell event-themed souvenirs—leading the way. The building will measure 3,000 square meters in area and will be one of the world’s biggest stores. The exhibition will house one of the first 5G mobile networks ever to be launched.
Organizers have decided to divide the Expo into three themes—Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity—each letting the participants feature their unique projects. Anyone will be able to take part in topic-based events, acquire new information, and talk to enthusiasts from around the globe. On top of that, the participating projects will have a chance to get extra financing and a head start to develop.
The pavilions have been designed on the principles of environment-friendly architecture. About 50% of the power supply will come from solar batteries. Temporary structures will be made out of recyclable materials.
UAE authorities expect the show to result in meaningful achievements for the nation’s economy and international prestige. Between 25 million and 100 million guests are expected to visit the country during Expo 2020, by various estimates. Economists anticipate an influx of $40 billion in additional financing and the creation of hundreds of thousands of new jobs as a result of the show. Expo 2020 is also seen to boost construction nationwide.
Dubai won the right to host the event after a vote at the 2013 general assembly of Paris-based International Exhibitions Bureau. Cities like Ayutthaya (Thailand), Izmir (Turkey), Yekaterinburg (Russia), and Sao Paulo (Brazil) all took part in the vote. Dubai won the three-stage selection process by a landslide.
This event is not the first of its kind. Similar exhibitions took place in 1967 in Montreal (under the theme “Man and His World”), in 1988 in Brisbane (“Leisure in the Age of Technology”), and in 1992 in Seville (“The Age of Discovery”).