Expo 2020 Dubai prepares to mark UAE golden jubilee | News

Expo 2020 Dubai will mark 50-years since the founding of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in show-stopping style with a four-day slate of world-class events and immersive experiences.

Organisers said the show comes as the country celebrates its golden jubilee with “renewed optimism for the next half century”.

Running from December 1-4, the site-wide celebration – taking each and every visitor to Expo on a journey of authentic Emirati experiences and stories – will include world-class ceremonies, exceptional musical showcases, meaningful cross-cultural conversations, culturally-fused performances and engaging exhibits.

As announced by the UAE president, Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, highlights at Expo 2020 include the UAE national day, celebrated every year to commemorate December 2nd, 1971, when the UAE declared independence as a sovereign nation.

From 10:15, visitors are invited to Expo 2020’s UAE national day ceremony at Al Wasl Plaza, including the raising of the flag, high-level speeches and anthem performances by a children’s choir, concluding with an Al Azi Performance by Al Wasmi.

This will also feature alongside horses of the Dubai Police and the UAE Ministry of Interior Marching Band in the Colours of the World Parade between 12:45 and 13:15.

A gravity-defying aerial performance by Dubai Police will follow shortly after, alongside a 30-minute musical showcase by Emirati singer Fatma Zahrat Al Ain, and a jaw-dropping flyover display by the UAE Air Force aerobatics team Al Fursan.

The diamond in the crown of Expo 2020’s programming will be Al Wasl Plaza’s immersive theatrical show, Journey of the 50th.

Set to take place from December 1-4, the show will push the boundaries of what is possible in Al Wasl Plaza, featuring a blend of human performance, theatrics and the unique capabilities of the venue in a never-before-seen way.

Over 200 hundred performers including participating countries will take part of this theatrical show.

Amna Abulhoul, executive creative director, events and entertainment, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “As the show unfolds, we will learn about the origins of the Emirati people, the people of this land, who follow the current of the sea, know the language of the stars and hear the wind as it speaks.

“Their true connection to the earth and how the values of our forefathers still continue to push us forward today.”

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Bolsonaro leads Brazil delegation to Expo 2020 | News

Brazil has presented a line-up of cultural and entertainment activities to mark its Expo 2020 national day during the visit by president Jair Bolsonaro.

The Brazilian president and first lady, Michelle Bolsonaro, were welcomed by sheikh Nahayan Mabarak Al Nahayan, commissioner general of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Bolsonaro said: “It is wonderful to be here to celebrate Brazil’s Expo 2020 national day event – it offers an amazing opportunity for Brazil to showcase itself to the world.

“This Expo is an exciting place for the 192 participating nations to unveil their latest technologies and to do business.”

He added: “We enjoy friendly relations with, and admire, the United Arab Emirates very much.

“Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, our collaborations have managed to ensure many successes and achievements in several fields.

“We aim to continue to strengthen our relations and work together in various spheres, such as food security and technology.”

Expo 2020 visitors were treated to live performances and traditional Brazilian food at Al Wasl Plaza, the Brazil pavilion and at venues across the Expo site.

The day included a World Record attempt for the largest jiu-jitsu lesson at Jubilee Park and 13 other locations across the United Arab Emirates.

Bolsonaro also delivered a speech at a Business Forum in the morning while the First Lady attended an event at the Women’s Pavilion.

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United Arab Emirates Air Force leads Expo 2020 display | News

The Knights, the United Arab Emirates Air Force aerobatic display team, and the Saudi Hawks, the Royal Saudi Air Force aerobatic team, have wowed the crowds with their daredevil moves above Expo 2020 Dubai.

The air shows are held in collaboration with the GCC Pavilion.

Running until March, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.

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Turkey celebrates UAE partnership at Expo 2020 | News

Tugay Tuncer, ambassador of Turkey to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), toured the Turkey pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai earlier, taking in the visitor experience and highlighting the trade and investment opportunities the mega-event will offer.

Speaking to the Expo News Service, Tuncer explained that Turkey’s participation in Expo 2020 signifies “a new era of cooperation and a strengthening relationship with the

Commissioner general of Turkey, Mukerrem Aksoy, stressed the strength of the country’s food and agriculture sectors when the world is faced with food security issues: “Turkey produces organic foods for the whole world.

“And we are ready to supply the world.”

Discussing the growing trade between the two nations, the ambassador stated: “Our trade with the UAE is at US$8.5 billion and the numbers are increasing – in the first six months we saw close to a one hundred per cent increase, and Expo 2020 will contribute to [this growth].

“It will show that we can export processed food, fruit and vegetables and construction materials, which this region needs, and which Turkey has in abundance.

“Our construction sector is the second biggest in the world.”

Expo 2020 is also expected to contribute to Turkey’s tourism sector.

The diplomat, who once worked as a tourist guide, said: “Many people earn their income from tourism, whether guides, hotel employees, or in food production or processing – the industry has many sub-products and sub-industries.

“We welcomed approximately 30 million tourists annually before Covid-19, across coastal, cultural, health and winter tourism.

“This year, we reached high numbers, despite opening to the market quite late, and it was clear that people are hungry for travel.”

Located in the Sustainability District, the Turkey pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai, under the theme ‘Creating the Future from the Origin of Civilizations’, was designed to reflect the unique history of Anatolia – the cradle of civilisations, as well as to showcase nature the country’s sustainability goals.

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Expo 2020 off to quick start in Dubai | News

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and south-Asia region is off to a great start, with Expo 2020 Dubai welcoming 411,768 ticketed visits in its first ten days.

Expo 2020 opened its doors on October 1st, and figures up to and including October 10th show that visitors belonged to 175 nationalities – not far off the 192 countries that are participating in the event, each with its own pavilion.

One in three has come from abroad, with this proportion expected to increase as international travel ramps up.

Dimitri Kerkentzes, secretary general of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), said: “Expo 2020 Dubai’s opening week has undoubtedly been a success.

“The numbers we are seeing are very encouraging and demonstrate the global desire for people to reconnect with each other and to imagine a better future.”

A number of ticket options are open to visitors, with multi-day and season passes proving popular.

One in five visitors have already visited expo more than once, demonstrating that one day is not enough to enjoy the diverse and dynamic array of activities and entertainment on offer.

Reem Al Hashimy, director general, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We are very happy with this wonderful turnout.

“The numbers achieved in the first ten days reflect the enthusiasm of the world to attend Expo 2020 Dubai.

“The coming days and weeks will be full of special events offering a visitor experience that will be rich, purposeful and entertaining, and we look forward to welcoming many more people from around the world.”

The figures include all physical ticket-holders.

They exclude representatives, delegations and guests of international participants, partners and other stakeholders, as well as expo staff.

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Turkmenistan celebrates national day at Expo 2020 | News

Turkmenistan has celebrated its national day at Expo 2020 with a flag-raising ceremony at the stage of nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.

Turkmenistan president, Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, attended the event, before touring the Turkmenistan and United Arab Emirates pavilions with his delegation.

Visitors to the Turkmenistan pavilion, located in the Mobility District, are greeted by a majestic fountain sculpture featuring five Akhal-Teke horses at the entrance.

The animals are a native symbol of national pride.

Under the theme ‘Homeland of Peace and Trust’, the pavilion showcases Turkmenistan’s historical, cultural and industrial achievements.

The nation’s agricultural connections are represented by digital images of wheat and cotton crops, moving and growing in response to touch.

National and honour days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of Expo’s 200-plus international participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements and showcasing their pavilions and programming.

Running until the end of March, Expo 2020 has invited visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.

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Prince Albert II of Monaco lands at Expo 2020 | News

The Monaco Pavilion’s mini version in the European principality has been officially inaugurated, with Prince Albert II of Monaco and Expo 2020 director general, Reem Al Hashimy, marking the occasion together.

In a virtual conversation conducted via interactive booths – one in the Monaco pavilion and the other at the Monaco ‘Mini’ Pavilion in Port Hercules – the prince congratulated Al Hashimy on the successful opening ceremony of the event and completion of its first week.

Al Hashimy expressed her gratitude for Monaco and all participating countries for their commitment to the expo, highlighting the need for collaboration in order to make progress on urgent priorities such as sustainability.

The mini pavilion offers augmented reality headsets that allow visitors in Monaco to experience all areas of their country’s a gem-like, polygonal pavilion – inspired by the ‘Rock of Monaco’ – in Dubai.

Samira Jawhar, director, Monaco pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai, explained that the pavilion at Expo reflects an important environmental message, with solar panels on its exterior powering the building throughout the six-month mega-event.

Spanning an area of 1,700 square metres and extending to a height of 12 metres, the pavilion provides a comprehensive introduction to the city of Monaco, including its tourism and business opportunities.

It has welcomed visitors of different ages and nationalities since opening, Jawhar said, with visitors particularly interested in Monaco’s research and technology, as well as its environment and architectural initiatives.

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Pakistan president opens Expo 2020 pavilion in Dubai | News

Arif Alvi, president of Pakistan, has inaugurated the Pakistan pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The president later spoke to the Expo News Service about what this means for his nation, and said: “It’s a tremendous project bringing the countries of the world together.

“I believe there are 192 countries who have places here for people to see.

“This is the best, microcosmic cooperative display that can be seen, with every country offering its best.”

The pavilion is themed around ‘Pakistan: The Hidden Treasure’ and illuminates the unique jewels of the county that may be unknown to many.

The narrative of the pavilion reflects the poetic way in which the past, present and future are woven together as a tapestry that reveals the rich and layered history, culture, people and traditions of this land, while also highlighting the immense potential and possibilities it holds for the future.

“Pakistan is trying to project itself to the world, and this is the best place to do so,” said Alvi.

“Instead of going to 192 countries, people can be at Expo and visit those nations.

“Pakistan is trying to project peace, its many religions, and its history – 7,000 years ago, we had a planned city with drainage and water supplies – this is something Pakistan has never been able to showcase.

“There is tremendous potential for tourism in Pakistan.”

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Red Arrows inspire engineers of tomorrow at Expo 2020 | News

Pilots and engineers of the future have been inspired by an interactive science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) event held at the UK Pavilion.

The show was hosted in partnership with the UK Royal Air Force (RAF) aerobatic team the Red Arrows and Heriot-Watt University Dubai.

Drones, robots, 3-D printing, and Formula One-style car building were featured during the learning session, providing an in-depth look at the field of engineering and the scale of opportunities for new generations.

Tadgh O’Donovan, deputy vice principle and head of engineering, Heriot-Watt University Dubai, said: “Sometimes people think engineering is all about maths and science, but there is so much more to it – and it’s so much fun.

“Engineers don’t do things twice.

“I always encourage my classes to play with the technology – it’s not an assignment.

“If students are not excited to get involved, then we’re doing it wrong!

“It’s for all ages; you’ll see kids here today as young as three years old looking up at the skies and seeing the amazing Red Arrows fly and they’ll wonder ‘how does that happen?’ and ‘how can I be a part of that?’”

O’Donovan added: “We have 60 members of the RAF here today; this entourage includes engineers and technicians – it’s not just one person flying the aircraft.

“It’s a great example of precision engineering.”

O’Donovan hailed Expo 2020 as the best stage in the world to display innovation, predicting that sustainability will be Expo’s most significant outcome: “It’s the biggest challenge that engineers face; it’s also the biggest challenge that society faces, but I believe engineers have a key role to deliver sustainability.

“We talk about how much energy is used taking a flight, but the question is that if we are to decarbonise, does that mean we fly less?

“I don’t believe that.

“I think engineers are going to come up with solutions in a sustainable way.

“There will be a development in sustainable fuels.

“The UAE is going to be a leader in hydrogen and how that is going to impact and support aviation in the future.

“Sustainability is what all aspects of engineering will be addressing in the next few years.”

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Shahid calls for global climate action at Expo 2020 | News

A call for immediate action to avoid a “climate tragedy” has been issued by Abdulla Shahid, president of the United Nations General Assembly during remarks at Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Shahid, who is also minister of foreign affairs for the Maldives, was speaking during the second day of the Climate & Biodiversity Week at the event.

Delivering his opening remarks for the People’s Promise for Climate Impact event, said: “When we talk about climate change, we can no longer afford to indulge in the delusion that we are talking about a distant threat that policy-makers can negotiate in their own pace.

“We cannot deny what is happening right in front of us – the effects of human-induced climate change are clear for all of us to see.”

He added: “It is our responsibility to acknowledge the severity of the situation and, having said that, it is also our responsibility not to give in to cynicism or give credence that the climate tragedy is inevitable.

“Hope when combined with action and change, is actually the winning formula – and let us embrace it.”

The event together young change-makers and notable climate leaders to provide a diverse range of perspectives on how to collectively scale positive action.

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Climate & Biodiversity Week is the first of the ten theme weeks running over the next six months, anchoring the Programme for People and the Planet at Expo.

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