Next year the World Expo will be taking place in Dubai showcasing innovation from across the world. The 173 day event will be the first of it’s kind hosted in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia. It will focus on it’s main theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating Futures” with the sub-themes of opportunity, mobility and sustainability. 190 countries and major businesses and educational institutions have already confirmed their involvement. Launching in October 2020, it will run until April 2021.
What is a World Expo?
The World Expos are the world’s oldest and largest international events. The first, called the The Great Exhibition, was organised by Queen Victoria’s husband in 1851 and showcased inventions from the industrial revolution and cultural stalls from across the world. Since then, major technological innovations that have changed the way we interact with the world have been launched at these prestigious events. These include the telephone (Philadelphia, 1876), the X-Ray machine (Buffalo, 1901), the ice cream cone (St Louis, 1904), the commercial broadcast television (New York, 1939), touchscreens (Knoxville, 1982) and the humanoid robot (Nagoya, 2005).
Each pavilion will feature interactive exhibits and entertainment, lectures and cultural experiences from the 192 countries taking part. According to Timeout Abu Dhabi, The US is expected to spend $60 million (about R910 million) on it’s pavilion which will display modern graphics and feature a hyperloop ride.There will also be three pavilions dedicated to the Expo’s sub-themes, such as the opportunity pavilion. Here the visitor’s experience will be based on a series of gameplay experiences ‘that will challenge the visitor’s thinking on issues related to basic needs of water, food, and energy by simulating environments of real life individuals who are agents of change in their own communities,’ according to the Expo’s website.
Attractions and Events
As a melting pot and celebration of cultures and achievements, the Expo is expected to be filled with non-stop attractions and events. Whether it’s a make-your-own-robot workshop, learning about 3D-printed human organs or live performances including world-famous stars and comedians, there is no shortage of something to see and keep you busy with. Each day will shine a spotlight on a specific countries culture with special festivities, from a Finnish feast to a Central African celebration.
Tickets have been set at fairly reasonable prices with a one day entry being AED120 (about R500). South Africans have access to regular flight to Dubai from major cities. While South Africans do need a visa, this is a simple online process through Emirates, Ethiad or VFS Global.