The UAE is bidding to host the World Expo 2020 in Dubai under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
Every five years and for a period of six months, World Expos attract millions of visitors. The World Expo has never been held in the Middle East, Africa and South East Asia in the history of the event.
Dubai, the bustling nerve centre of the Arab world’s second largest economy and one of the most sought-after shopping, conference and exhibition destinations in the world — well-connected to the rest of the world by land, sea and air — indisputably deserves to be the best qualified metropolis to host World Expo 2020 which is billed as a platform for connectivity to help pioneer new partnerships for growth and sustainability for the future.
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World Expo, the internationally renowned event held every five years, features spectacular exhibitions, pavilions and cultural events by international organizations, businesses and nations from around the world. It also provides an opportunity to raise awareness about the issues impacting the global community such as sustainable development, resource management, global economy and the quality of life.
Where else can one find a better place to stage such an event other than the UAE, where these issues are addressed with finesse and poise?
For hosting rights, Dubai is competing against Ayutthaya, Thailand; Ekaterinburg, Russia; Izmir, Turkey; and Sao Paulo, Brazil. Come November 2013, it will be either Dubai Expo 2020 or the end of a nation’s big dreams to act as a critical catalyst for a bold, better and unified world.
A World Expo in Dubai in 2020 would be the first to be held in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region. As the global community faces ever more complex, and increasingly interconnected challenges, the links between people, societies and ideas have never been more important. Dubai Expo 2020 will be a platform for connectivity to help pioneer new partnerships for growth and sustainability for the future.
The site for World Expo 2020 Dubai will be Dubai Trade Centre – Jebel Ali, a 438 hectare site equidistant from the centres of Abu Dhabi and Dubai, capable of producing enough solar power to cater for 50 per cent of its power needs.
The winning city will be announced in November 2013 following a vote by the 161 member nations of the BIE.
Last year, UAE officials unveiled their masterplan for Dubai Trade Centre – Jebel Ali, which will be created to host the 2020 World Expo.
The unveiling took place in Paris during a presentation at the 152nd General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental body in charge of overseeing the bidding, selection and organisation of World Expos.
At the core of the site masterplan, which was designed by HOK, Populus and Arup, is an open plaza called Al Wasl (the connection) and branching out from the plaza are three main zones that symbolise the bid’s sub themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.
Inspired by traditional Arab souks, the site integrates the UAE’s architectural heritage with the requirements of the Expo to foster the fundamental principles of innovation, partnership and collaboration between participants and visitors.
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