EXPO 2020 IN DUBAI – OPPORTUNITIES, POSSIBILITIES, GOALS

»Connecting Minds,
Creating the Future«

EXPO 2020 IN DUBAI – OPPORTUNITIES, POSSIBILITIES, GOALS

»Connecting Minds,
Creating the Future«

Next year the Expo is taking place in the Emirate of Dubai – a first for the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Almost three billion people live here, together producing a combined gross domestic product of 7.4 billion US dollars. And it’s not just because of this central location and ease of access that Expo 2020 Dubai will be the most international world fair in history. 192 countries – a record – have confirmed their participation. Of the 25 million expected visitors, around 70 percent will come from abroad – many from Europe. Expo 2020 Dubai will focus priamrily on the Asian continent with its two emerging economies India and China. With the motto “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to foster creativity, innovation and collaboration between nations, cultures and institutions.

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The key themes of Expo 2020 Dubai:

Opportunities – this theme defines opportunities as the motor of progress. It shows possibilities for promoting dialogue between people so everyone can fulfil their greatest potential.

Mobility – the focus is on pioneering solutions for more efficient transportation of people and goods and for exchanging new ideas.

Sustainability – here, everything’s about how to achieve progress and prosperity in harmony with our environment and the needs of future generations
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EXPO highlights

The Al Wasl Plaza

The gigantic Al Wasl Plaza forms the hub of the Expo. In days gone by Dubai was known as “Al Wasl”, which also means “connection” – summing up the EXPO motto “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. At 67.5 metres high and weighing 550 tons, the dome with steel cupola will become the central point of contact for visitors from all over the world and at night will be turned into a 360-degree projection surface on which videos and designs are displayed. The big events and ceremonies of Expo 2020 Dubai will take place here too.

The national tree of the United Arab Emirates casts a cool shadow

Communal areas designed in an Arabic style can be found everywhere at Expo 2020: palm groves, jasmine trees, wadi figs and desert landscapes. Under the leafy shelter of the ghaf, the UAE’s national tree, you can enjoy the cool shadows while you stroll through the exhibition. Incidentally, the shading systems were designed by the construction engineer Werner Sobek, from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg.

The pavilion of the United Arab Emirates.

The pavilion of the United Arab Emirates is reminiscent of a falcon in flight and is one of the main attractions of Expo 2020 Dubai. The design by world-famous construction engineer and architect Santiago Calatrava tells a story: Sheikh Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, sent out falcons to the tribes of the regions in order to unite them. This created a national identity and ultimately led to the founding of the United Arab Emirates. The falcon is intended to symbolise the connection between the United Arab Emirates and the world, and the greatness the global community could achieve through partnership and cooperation. The giant pavilion has a surface area of 15,000 square metres and offers space for exhibitions, an auditorium, restaurants, cafes and VIP lounges.

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EXPO highlights

The Al Wasl Plaza

The gigantic Al Wasl Plaza forms the hub of the Expo. In days gone by Dubai was known as “Al Wasl”, which also means “connection” – summing up the EXPO motto “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. At 67.5 metres high and weighing 550 tons, the dome with steel cupola will become the central point of contact for visitors from all over the world and at night will be turned into a 360-degree projection surface on which videos and designs are displayed. The big events and ceremonies of Expo 2020 Dubai will take place here too.

The national tree of the United Arab Emirates casts a cool shadow

Communal areas designed in an Arabic style can be found everywhere at Expo 2020: palm groves, jasmine trees, wadi figs and desert landscapes. Under the leafy shelter of the ghaf, the UAE’s national tree, you can enjoy the cool shadows while you stroll through the exhibition. Incidentally, the shading systems were designed by the construction engineer Werner Sobek, from Stuttgart, Baden-Württemberg.

The pavilion of the United Arab Emirates.

The pavilion of the United Arab Emirates is reminiscent of a falcon in flight and is one of the main attractions of Expo 2020 Dubai. The design by world-famous construction engineer and architect Santiago Calatrava tells a story: Sheikh Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates, sent out falcons to the tribes of the regions in order to unite them. This created a national identity and ultimately led to the founding of the United Arab Emirates. The falcon is intended to symbolise the connection between the United Arab Emirates and the world, and the greatness the global community could achieve through partnership and cooperation. The giant pavilion has a surface area of 15,000 square metres and offers space for exhibitions, an auditorium, restaurants, cafes and VIP lounges.

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WORLD FAIRS

Pointing the way with visionary ideas

Without the Expo, the world would lack such legendary sights as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Atomium in Brussels and the Space Needle in Seattle. All were originally designed and built especially for world fairs. Pioneering inventions such as the sewing machine, the free-piston engine, the telephone, the refrigerator and the atomic clock were also introduced to the public at the world fairs that have taken place regularly since 1851. Many futuristic ideas started off here before conquering the world.

For example, the ultra-modern German Pavilion in Barcelona in 1929, designed by the Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe, revolutionised construction and architectural aesthetics all over the world.

 

The idea of using world fairs to garner public attention and to thus access new markets was a successful one, even at the first world fair in London. And it remains valid to this day – even though Expos have since been enriched by a further dimension: they are events of interest to wider society, attracting not only specialist visitors but also people from all over the world looking for unusual impressions and experiences.

 

Since 1994 every world fair has been assigned a special theme of global significance, for example the environment, feeding the world, energy supply or mobility of the future. The participants are invited to present their solutions to and ideas on the pressing challenges of the future and to share these with each other.

 

The motto of Expo 2020 in Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. For the Expo, this means fostering creativity, innovation and collaboration between countries, cultures and institutions, and inspiring visitors to think in new ways in order to develop shared solutions for a better future.

 

A selection of previous Expos:

 

  • Expo 2000 Hannover,
  • »Mankind, Nature, Technology«

 

  • Expo 2005 Aichi,
  • »Nature‘s Wisdom«

 

  • Expo 2010 Shanghai,
  • »Better City, Better Life«

 

  • Expo 2015 Mailand
  • »Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life«

WORLD FAIRS

Pointing the way
with visionary ideas

Without the Expo, the world would lack such legendary sights as the Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Atomium in Brussels and the Space Needle in Seattle. All were originally designed and built especially for world fairs. Pioneering inventions such as the sewing machine, the free-piston engine, the telephone, the refrigerator and the atomic clock were also introduced to the public at the world fairs that have taken place regularly since 1851. Many futuristic ideas started off here before conquering the world.

For example, the ultra-modern German Pavilion in Barcelona in 1929, designed by the Bauhaus architect Mies van der Rohe, revolutionised construction and architectural aesthetics all over the world.

 

The idea of using world fairs to garner public attention and to thus access new markets was a successful one, even at the first world fair in London. And it remains valid to this day – even though Expos have since been enriched by a further dimension: they are events of interest to wider society, attracting not only specialist visitors but also people from all over the world looking for unusual impressions and experiences.

 

Since 1994 every world fair has been assigned a special theme of global significance, for example the environment, feeding the world, energy supply or mobility of the future. The participants are invited to present their solutions to and ideas on the pressing challenges of the future and to share these with each other.

 

The motto of Expo 2020 in Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”. For the Expo, this means fostering creativity, innovation and collaboration between countries, cultures and institutions, and inspiring visitors to think in new ways in order to develop shared solutions for a better future.

 

A selection of previous Expos:

  • Expo 2000 Hannover, »Mankind, Nature, Technology«
  • Expo 2005 Aichi, »Nature‘s Wisdom«
  • Expo 2010 Shanghai, »Better City, Better Life«
  • Expo 2015 Mailand »Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life«

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