Why you should plan a trip to Dubai during the World Expo 2020

In October 2020 Dubai will host the next World Expo. Bringing together more than 180 nations and international spectators of 25 million visitors, it will be one of the greatest shows on Earth. Here we learn all about the Expo and what we can expect!

Why you should plan a trip to Dubai during the World Expo 2020

What exactly is a World Expo?

If you’re wondering what a World Expo is and why you should care that it is coming to Dubai, then let me enlighten you: The World Expo is an international event hosted by the chosen city. Go on a journey of discovery. Find out the most exciting, innovative and futuristic works being showcased for each industry and field.

The World Expo also means Dubai will undergo urban development plans and a rebranding strategy to make the city even more astonishing. It’s amazing to see that Dubai officials have already started making futuristic improvements to their country and this has made Dubai a top-pick on many holiday enthusiasts’ travel destination choices.

Many countries attend these events, including companies, international organisations, civil society, and the general public visit these events. A minimum of 15-20 million people usually visit World Expos, with a record of 73 million who visited in Shanghai 2010.

Dubai Expo 2020 will be a six-month long exhibition of trade, innovation and products from around the globe, and an exemplary for the United Arab Emirates. It will be held on a massive yet-to-be-built 438-hectare site on the edge of Dubai.

Previous World Expos

In terms of Expo history, Dubai has a tough act to follow. Previous Expos have famously given the world the Eiffel Tower and unveiled products as important as the telephone and as ubiquitous as Heinz Tomato Ketchup – So we are excited to see what they come up with.
World Expos started off as a French tradition which grew with the French Industrial Exposition in 1844 in Paris. This was then quickly followed by exhibitions in Europe and United Kingdom, London.

In 1851 the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations in UK? crowned twenty years of rapid technological and social change, in an event that defined the spirit of the age. The millions of people who travelled to the Crystal Palace London saw what a world made by science and technology could look like.

Since their inception in 1851, the character of world expositions has evolved. Three eras can be distinguished: the era of industrialization, the era of cultural exchange, and the era of nation branding.

Recent expositions happened in Milan 2015, Yeosu (South Korea) 2012, Shangai (China) 2010, Zaragoza (Spain) 2008 and Aichi (Japan) 2005.

Why are World Expos held?

The purpose of a World Expo is to make the public realise the challenges that they all face and find solutions to universal challenges of our time such as urbanism in Expo Shanghai 2010 or nutrition in Expo Milan 2015.

These trials are the "theme" of the Expo. World Expos tend to last up to 6 months.

We can expect big things from Dubai in the run up to 2020

Dubai, the site of the world’s biggest natural flower garden and proposed location of an underwater hotel, does not lack determination when it comes to progress. With that being the case, the announcement that the emirate is to host the World Expo 2020 has been met with curiosity: what audacious architectural vision will the desert city unveil?

Apart from Dubai, a few other places had been shortlisted as potential 2020 host cities, but Dubai’s theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” succeeded.

This theme indicates to us that Dubai is well on its way to making a futuristic city, one which they plan to improved day by day and what better way to witness this than to take a holiday in Dubai?

On a 438-hectare location, connected to three international airports and a dedicated transport network, World Expo 2020 will provide visitors with the chance to see spectacular architecture, merge with global cultures, examine thoughtful and thought provoking exhibitions, and taste food from every corner of the globe. Above all, visitors to the event will witness the very latest in thinking and technology all in one place and at one time.

Expo will be a memorable, and unique experience that shouldn’t be missed. Dubai are concocting an event that will captivate and astonish the many millions who are going to visit. They say they will “provide a sense of wonder at the ability of people working together, to envisage and achieve a better tomorrow”. Dubai organisers have not yet revealed this event and we are left in suspense a little longer!

Urban impact is a natural consequence of hosting the World Expo. Given their size and popularity, World Expos are part of the urban development strategies of their host-cities so that they cater for the millions. They are very effectual tools to renovate transportation structures, announce ground-breaking urban services and progress new economic and cultural activities.

Amazing things that Dubai are preparing for the Expo

1. The most amazing plan for the Expo that we know of is the Jebel Ali, a 1,082-acre (438-hectare) site due for construction by Al Maktoum International Airport. This design by the architectural firm called HOK, is said to have three big pavilions which will symbolise different things. One will be for opportunity, the other sustainability and the final for mobility. Each one will have an “innovation pod” and “best practice areas”.

2. Different areas will be connected by paths that are inspired by the layout of a traditional Arabic souk but their arrangement is determinedly futuristic.

3. Dubai predicts 277,000 jobs will be created as a result of the Expo; a big number given it equates to 20% of the current workforce of 1.3 million, according to Capital Economics

4. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice-president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, exposed plans last year, for the Museum of the Future – an organisation devoted to invention in design and technology, which will be set for completion in 2017, the museum will be located alongside the Emirates Towers on Dubai's Sheikh Zayed Road.

5. As published in a recent business article for Times of Oman credited to Bloomberg News, Dubai plans to begin seeking out bids totalling more than $1 billion, roughly four billion dirhams, in efforts to upgrade transportation around the city.

Attractions to visit in Dubai that have a futuristic vision

The future looks stunning in Dubai. Everything about Dubai has a futuristic appeal, with architecture that is sensational that leaves other countries dreaming! Some cities like Finland or Brazil offer subtle visions of the future, but where Dubai is concerned, they don’t do subtle.

Dubai has been serving us the solutions for the biggest predicament that some Governmental cities may feel. They have been accommodating for the ever-increasing population and higher demand of the biggest and the best.

If you fancy visiting some super future-tastic areas of Dubai, check these out:

Burj Khalifa

The world’s tallest building deserves a visit, as well as a picture or two during your holiday to Dubai. Why? Not only is this the tallest building in the world, but it is also the tallest free-standing building with the most stories, floors and highest observation deck. It boasts an elevator with the longest travel distance, show-stopping architecture and a Y-shaped floor plan.

Atlantic, The Palm

The city’s underwater hotel is set on the iconic Palm Jumeirah island with views of the Arabian Gulf, this deluxe resort is close to both Wadi Wadi Water Park and Mall of the Emirates. Lavish suites offer sitting areas; some include terraces, whirlpool baths and/or living rooms. Upgraded quarters add floor-to-ceiling windows with underwater views.

The future is bright for Dubai

The most perceptibly futuristic aspect of Dubai has to be its eccentric architecture. As mentioned, you’ve got the Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world, the city’s underwater hotel, and Palm Islands, a group of large man-made islands that resembling palm fronds, to name just a few.

Given this cityscape, it’s no wonder the city has warranted comparisons to SimCity and has been chosen to host the 2020 World Expo. 

Saima Omar

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