Dubai, UAE, won the bid for hosting EXPO2020 in November 2013. The next eight years were spent in intense preparations to get his mega-event off the ground. The pandemic threw a spanner in the works, causing the EXPO to be delayed by a year. On 30th September 2021, the EXPO2020 was inaugurated in a glittering ceremony. There were performances by Arab artists Hussain Al Jassmi, Almas and Mayssa Karaa, Emirati singing sensation Ahlam Alshamsi, British vocalist Ellie Goulding, Andra Day, pianist Lang Lang, Angelique Kidjo, together with renowned Saudi singer Mohammed Abdu. The cherry on the cake was celebrated tenor, Andrea Bocelli, rounding off the night’s proceedings with his all-time classic, “The Prayer”.
With the motto of “Connecting Minds, Creating The Future”, EXPO2020 will be a way for the world to reconnect after the pandemic. EXPO2020 will run for six months till 31st March 2022. Here are ten interesting facts about this mega-event.
- EXPO2020 is the first World Expo to be held in the MENSA region.
- EXPO2020 is very special as it coincides with the 50th year of the formation of the United Arab Emirates. There are a host of events scheduled to celebrate the national day on the 2nd of December.
- The logo of EXPO2020 has been inspired by a 4000-year old gold ring, unearthed at the Saruq Al Hadid site in Al Marmoom back in 2002.
- Another fun fact, the Saruq Al Hadid archaeological site was discovered by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, himself when he was flying over the site and noticed unusual ripples in the sand dunes.
- A total of 192 countries are taking part in EXPO2020. For the first time in the history of the World Expo, all the participating countries will have their own pavilions to showcase their culture. It is a humbling sight to see the flags of all the participating countries fluttering in the breeze at the entrance.
- Spread over an area of around 438 hectares, the EXPO2020 site, has been divided into three districts, Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity.
- Sustainability plays a big role throughout the EXPO. After EXPO2020 is over, the current site will become a smart, sustainable community called District2020. About 80Percent of the infrastructure of the EXPO, including the LEEDS certified buildings, will be reused.
- Al Wasl Plaza has the largest unsupported dome in the world. It is the centrepiece of EXPO2020 and will be the landmark for District2020.
- Rashid, Latifa and Salama, the Ghaf tree, are the official mascots of EXPO2020. Apart from the mascots, there is Opti, the Opportunity Pavilion Guardian, Terra, the Sustainability Pavilion Guardian and Alif, the Mobility Pavilion Guardian.
- India Pavilion will not be dismantled after the end of the EXPO2020. Instead, it will be used for business conferences, cultural programs etc. to further enhance the cooperation between the two countries.
If you liked this post, you might be interested in knowing more about the history of EXPO. You can check out my post Do You Want To Know More About EXPO2020.
You can check out more details at the official EXPO2020 site.
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