When the bid for hosting the Expo 2020 Dubai succeeded, there were widespread celebrations in the city. Schools were given a holiday, a national holiday was declared, and the Burj Khalifa became a spectacle as there were fireworks on display. It was like a grand celebration all over the city. The ruler of the city promised that they will ‘astonish the world’. And now, all the world’s eyes are on Dubai to fulfill their promise, and knowing how Dubai likes to do things in a grand fashion, this just might be the greatest World Expo so far.
So, what really is the World Exposition?
This is the place where all nations of the world gather to showcase their achievements. This results in a world-class gathering in harmony, exchanging their achievements that can be used and adapted to develop industry, technology, agriculture, etc. The World Expo has a rich history. It was born from the French tradition of holding national exhibitions. The first world’s exposition/fair was the one held in Hyde Park, London, in the year 1951. It was popularly known as ‘The Great Exhibition’ and had a huge impact on the economy of the nation. This sparked off many such exhibitions where trade was the main feature. This was the time of the industrial revolution. and such exhibitions benefitted all the participating nations. Back then, it was more commonly known as World Fair.
But from the year 1939 to 1987, the main feature was changed to cultural exchange. The main goal was to push innovation through cultural exchange. Previously, the exhibitions were named as ‘Fair’ but now the makers started using the word ‘Exposition’. The cultural exchange was also a good move as most nations decided to work towards a better future. There was a lot of development in science and technology during this era. This development also became the platform for future technologies. One can also contribute to this by playing a part in the worldwide globalization movement.
Then from 1988 to the current year, the main focus of World Expo was to build a national image. This is also an important aspect, as a strong image will result in investments by the international community. Therefore, all the World Expositions have now become a place to display national pride. Countries even began to invest millions in their pavilions. This trend is continuing, and the World Expo has now become an international spectacle of the highest quality and stature. Hosts countries also make a lot of revenue, but the biggest advantage is the fame they get for a hosting this extravaganza. So, this Expo 2020 is expected to be of great advantage to Dubai.
Expo 2020 Dubai will be hosted in an area that covers a massive 1083 acres (438 Hectares). This area lies equidistant from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, which means it is also easily accessible for people living in Abu Dhabi. Hotels in Dubai are expected to be full, so, people who are staying in hotels in Abu Dhabi can also easily reach the venue of the expo. Inside will be three large pavilions, each built according to a theme, and one of the main themes of the design is Al Wasl, which means ‘the connection’. Through the theme ‘Connecting minds, creating the future’, there will be a sharp focus on pushing innovation, creativity, and collaboration in the Middle East, African and South Asian countries, along with the rest of the world. There will be more than 180 countries of the world participating, and the whole expo promises to be a spectacle like no other.
Dubai is a city of grandeur. It is one of the most developed and luxurious cities in the world and is considered by many to be the best city in the world. Therefore, there are huge expectations now that they have won the bid to host Expo 2020. We all know the grand manner in which they organize the Dubai Shopping Festival each year. We also know that they are famous for architectural marvels like the world’s tallest skyscraper, Burj Khalifa, or the world’s only 7-star hotel, Burj Al Arab. Dubai is also home to the largest gathering of man-made islands, the Palm Islands. Therefore, the onus is on this city to deliver the biggest and best World Expo so far.
Dubai was awarded this honor by the Bureau International des Expositions in the year 2013. They have had ample time to begin preparations. Dubai started work on the world’s largest Solar Power Plant, which will be ready before Expo 2020 Dubai. This will be one of the main features. Dubai also has started a Happiness Agenda that promises to make Dubai the happiest city by 2020. This agenda has 16 programs that are further divided into 82 projects. This is guaranteed to improve the happiness index of Dubai. The rulers of the city and the government also are doing their best to make Expo 2020 Dubai the best expo yet.
If you are interested in a trade or are a budding businessman, or just a tourist who wants to experience the sheer grandeur of Expo 2020 Dubai, start planning your trip here. Though 2020 may seem far away, the time will fly by. By then, Dubai will also be ready with many more world-class attractions and shopping opportunities to keep you happy. Here’s looking forward to an amazing Expo 2020 Dubai.