Thursday, October 8, 2015

Expo 2020 Dubai unveils YouthConnect...

Youth to Participate in an “Engaging, Empowering and Entertaining Event”

Dubai, UAE. 5 October 2015: Expo 2020 Dubai unveils YouthConnect, the first in a long-lasting and wide ranging series highly interactive forums designed by youth for youth. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, November 14th 2015.

This first interactive, full-day forum, part of a far wider programme to talk to the younger members of society, is open to all UAE residents (between the ages of 18-25). It will be a genuinely hands-on and immersive experience, providing participants with access to inspirational and keynote speakers chosen from the broadest range of professions; as well as, high achievers and leading organisations from widely different backgrounds. Attendees will be introduced to a host of ‘hands-on’ participatory workshops, engaging exhibits, and areas for in-depth discussions and ‘edutainment’. Subjects covered by this year’s YouthConnect will include Business and Leadership; Start-ups and Entrepreneurship; Science and Engineering; Technology, Coding and Gaming; Arts and Culture; Innovation; Health and Lifestyle; and, of course, Employability.

“From our earliest days conceiving Expo”, says Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State and Director General of the Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 “we were determined to put our youth at the heart of our plans. It is these young men and women who will be representing and leading our nation in the years to come. So it is important that they contribute to these events and decide what they want to see and do on the day.”

YouthConnect has been planned in coordination with people from across the target age group. Furthermore, as their peers sign up for the event, they will be asked to design their own individual experience. Attendees will be able to select how they want to spend their time: joining specific workshops, listening and talking with global thought leaders, taking part in activities all designed to provide guests with a range of hands on experiences that offer the opportunity to understand what working in a specific field might be like. They can dip in and out of events trying as many as possible to get a true and practical flavour of what’s on offer. The event ends with night time activities featuring great food and a range of live entertainment.

“Whilst this first YouthConnect event is sure to be highly enjoyable and interactive, it has a genuinely important purpose too. We know that we need to prepare our young for their professional lives and to ensure they are in the best possible shape to meet the challenges that lie ahead. In this event, as in all of the events to come, we are offering the chance to meet with and learn from others who have succeeded by self-belief and hard work.” said Her Excellency. “As our Expo theme proclaims to the world, we want to Connect Minds and Create the Future, and what better minds to connect with than the young?”

To be a part of YouthConnect, visit or follow updates on the Expo 2020 Dubai Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages, #YouthConnect. The annual forum has limited capacity so applicants are encouraged to register swiftly.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Youth Connect... with Expo 2020 Dubai

Are you a striving 18 to 25 year old? Register via 

The greatest treasure of any community is its youth.  

Want to know what it takes to succeed? Ask the world’s leading minds at YouthConnect...

We’re calling the doer in you. Be ready & tune in! 

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Friday, October 2, 2015

UAE pavilion... masterpiece at Expo 2015 Milano !!!

Theme ‘Food for Thought – Shaping and Sharing the Future’

The Concept

The UAE Pavilion explores the very real challenges that arise in feeding the planet, particularly in the interwoven topics of land, food, energy and water. It also highlights some of the innovative solutions that the UAE has developed in these areas. Solutions have been arrived at based on a local need but they have a very real global benefit since many parts of the world will be experiencing the same difficulties as the Emirates due to spiralling demand and the effects of climate change. By sharing knowledge and resources, the UAE is truly helping to shape the future.

 Traditional culture and the values that it inspires, the warmth and hospitality of Emiratis, the conviviality of food and a media-rich immersive environment combine to provide an experience that will be fun, emotional, challenging and thought provoking. Our ultimate aim is not only to educate and engage but to inspire commitment to change.

Visitors can also find out about the UAE’s exciting plans to host the next World Expo in 2020, as well as interact with pioneering UAE companies, organisations and thought leaders through a series of permanent exhibitions, seminars and events.

The Design of the Pavilion

Designed by Foster + Partners, the striking form of the UAE Pavilion is created by a series of tall rippled walls. These impressive 12-metre structures evoke both the narrow self-shaded streets of the UAE’s historic settlements and the magnificent open sand dunes of its deserts. 3D scans of dune surfaces have informed the wall design to create an authentic texture. These sinuous, curving shapes guide visitors through a range of intriguing spaces and exciting, informative experiences.

Complementary landscaping based on native UAE species provides a welcoming green backdrop.
Engineered for the naturally cool weather of Milan and the sunny climes of the United Arab Emirates, the pavilion will be dismantled at the end of Expo Milano 2015 and reassembled in the UAE’s low-carbon Masdar City, reflecting the principles embodied in Masdar’s sustainability ethos.

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Thursday, September 24, 2015

Messages from Expo 2020 Dubai

We wish you & your loved ones Eid Mubarak !

We bet you were born ready…

Together we can make it happen!

Thursday, September 17, 2015

History - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia at Expo'70 Osaka - Japan

Saudi Arabia is modernizing rapidly, yet the process of modernization was in harmony with the traditions and teachings of the great religion of Islam.

The visitor to Saudi Arabia Pavilion should keep in mind that Islam is not only a religion, a relationship between man and God, but also a way of life, governing and regulating all aspects of human life.

The concept of "progress in harmony" was first presented in architectural design of the pavilion of Saudi Arabia. The Islamic arabesque design was a traditional style in an ultra-modern context.

As for the interior exhibition area, the pavillon of one floor was divided into two sections, the general showroom and religious room.

The general exhibition hall reflected the spirit of progress in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia, a progress that had taken place in a short time under the wise leadership of His Majesty King Faisal.

The area around the symbol zone, in the general exhibition hall, showing the progress made in the areas of social and physical infrastructure.

The symbol area was "Towards a better use of natural resources." In this section, the great efforts of the Kingdom to fully use its natural resources, the oil industry, petrochemical industry, mining and agricultural industries, were presented in a very attractive and colorful way.

The hallway leading to the dining religion and religion allowed room to familiarize the non-Muslim visitors to the religion of Islam. The universality of Islam, the religion of more than 600 million people worldwide, was presented through the screen of one of the main pillars of Islam, the pilgrimage to Mecca.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

A few messages from Expo 2020 Dubai

We’re calling all the visionaries...

The Sphere of “Balancity” at the German Pavilion in ExpoShanghai2010, allowed 600 visitors to interact simultaneously, using voice control, to move & change the colours of a large sphere fitted with more than 400,000 LEDs.

Expo2020 will showcase the importance of connecting minds to fuel creativity and to develop genius. Here’s an example: Steve Wozniak & Steve Jobs met, connected & created Apple.

Pics courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Impact of Expo 2020 Dubai on the wider region

This is the UAE’s opportunity to use this mega event platform to truly engage the global community and drive advancements and innovative solutions in the fields of opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

Running from 20 October 2020 through 10 April 2021, the Expo coincides with the country’s Golden Jubilee and will serve as a springboard to launch a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades.

A strong legacy will be realised, buoyed by accelerated infrastructure development, a detailed urban planning legacy and knowledge base development, and underpinned by a long-term strategic UAE national training and development programme.

Preliminary estimates indicate that the economic impact generated by the Expo between now and 2021 will be approximately US$19.6 billion – much of this value is expected to be retained within the region.

In the next six years, over 275,000 jobs are estimated to be created in and around the region to service the Expo, across sectors including tourism, aviation, construction and real estate, engineering and infrastructure, logistics and transportation, and hospitality and retail.

The World Expo builds on the UAE’s natural strength as a global business hub offering access to a market of nearly 2.9 billion people, and will open more doors to strong investment and partnership opportunities across the MEASA region.

Overall the positive halo effect of the Expo 2020 Dubai will leave behind a strong transformative social and economic legacy across the region.

Monday, August 31, 2015

Messages from Expo 2020 Dubai

“Creativity is contagious, pass it on.” Albert Einstein.

The UAE was ranked first in the region for security and public order and 27th globally by the World Justice Project in 2014. In other words, it is an ideal place to grow your talent and to thrive in a land of opportunities fostered by Expo2020.

The UAE continues to develop its green economy. Sharjah's Gulf Ecosystem Research Centre has a grant of AED 30 million to provide advice on long term solutions to ecological challenges.

Mobility allows us to move around freely and easily. Lightweight electric cars are a great way to get around and should be included in any Mobility plan to make transportation accessible for people with disabilities.

Pics courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why Dubai in 2020?

A global hub for trade and commerce at the crossroads of the world
With world-class infrastructure, a robust and transparent system of governance and a strong entrepreneurial environment, Dubai continues to develop as a trans-continental hub for trade and commerce, helping to shape and catalyse economic development across the world.

Dubai’s innovative and robust economic models and extensive global trade footprint will see Expo 2020 Dubai provide participants with a unique and continuous stream of opportunity in the country and beyond.

One of the world’s best-connected nations
The UAE connects one third of the world’s population in a four hour flight and two thirds within an eight hour flight. Dubai International Airport is currently listed as the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic, and once complete, Al Maktoum International will be the world’s largest airport, with capacity for 160 million passengers. By 2020, the UAE will also be the driving force behind a new regional railway system and continue to serve as a significant port of call for international shipping and logistics.

Cosmopolitan, safe and welcoming
Home to over 200 different nationalities, Dubai is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities, committed to promoting inter-cultural exchange and understanding. In 2014, Dubai welcomed over 13.2 million tourists, a number that is expected to reach 20 million by 2020 as part of the emirate’s ambitious Dubai Tourism Vision 2020. Already one of the world’s most-visited urban destinations, with landmark architecture, world-class touristic offerings and a safe and welcoming environment, participants and visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai are guaranteed a truly remarkable experience.

Generation 2020
The UAE and the wider MEASA region has one of the world’s youngest and fastest growing populations with approximately 50 per cent under the age of 20. As our theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ suggests, Expo 2020 Dubai is a unique opportunity for participants to engage with the leaders and innovators of tomorrow - ‘Generation 2020’.

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Tuesday, August 25, 2015

More messages from Expo 2020 Dubai

Expo2020 will foster innovative and creative solutions for our common future. Partnerships and collaborations will be key in our Expo.

We are all wired to share and new technology allows us to further showcase our best, share ideas, exchange and collaborate… and that is our aim for Expo 2020.

Some stories are meant to be shared. Inspire your friends & family by donating your news feed on World Humanitarian Day. ShareHumanity and shed light on stories of humanitarian kindness.

"Public participation, representing the diverse interests of communities and businesses, leads to better planning and public policy development." - Shanghai Manual A Guide for Sustainable Urban Development in the 21st Century.

Pics courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Some messages... from Expo 2020 Dubai...

Sustainability, one of our subthemes, is an important part of the UAE government strategy.

The childhood dream come true - hoverboards might bring Marty McFly back to the future again. A mobility breakthrough! How much do you hope your future includes one of these?

Our third subtheme is sustainability. We want to inspire new ideas to preserve Earth's resources for the future, enhance natural and built habitats, and improve quality of life.

Einstein said "The only source of knowledge is experience" Expo2020 will share experience and encourage togetherness to help solve global challenges.

Pics courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Dubai will build 400 solar-powered air-conditioned bus shelters...

Dubai will build 400 solar-powered air-conditioned bus shelters boosting public transportation without compromising the future. Share your ideas on how we can boost mobility while preserving ecology.

Pic Courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai

RTA to build 400 new solar-powered bus shelters

They will take the number of fully covered shelters in the emirate to 1,285.

Solar panels will generate power to illuminate the crescent-shaped shelter and its billboards.

“The shelters are made of high-quality material, using paints resistant to heat, humidity and dust,” said Mattar Al Tayer, chairman of the Roads and Transport Authority .

“Providing electricity to power air-conditioned shelters in some remote areas was one of the key challenges confronting planners. The RTA has therefore worked on solutions to overcome it through solar power technology.”

The shelters will be fitted with screens directly linked to the control room of the Public Transport Agency to transmit information about journeys and routes.

They will be disabled-friendly and can accommodate up to 16 people. The RTA is also considering adding ATMs and vending machines for soft drinks and newspapers in shelters on frequently used routes.

The shelters are part of its plan to encourage use of public transport in summer and boost the share of daily public transport in the emirate from 6 per cent in 2006 to 20 per cent by 2020.

The rate had increased to about 14 per cent last year, Mr Al Tayer said.

The shelters will be made of reinforced, polyester-covered aluminium, protecting them from harsh sunlight.

The seats will be made of material with low heat absorption and the solar sheets will be glazed to stop the sun filtering in.

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Friday, June 19, 2015

History - Algerian Theatre at the World's Columbian Exposition Chicago 1893

The Algerian Theatre.

The Algerian and Tunisian Village, in which the theatre was the chief attraction, was situated near the center of the Midway Pleasance and adjoining the Street of Cairo. The frontage, as may be seen in the illustration, was not remarkably pretentious, but the main building inside had a Moorish dome with towers and minaretsn and its exterior was covered with the rich-hued glazed tiles of Tunis and Algiers, as, in fact, were most of the buildings.

I here were a Moorish cafe, a Kabyle house and a tent village, the theatre additionally being the main edifice. The desert people were seen about the village engaged in their regulard occupations and jewelry, embroideries and other North African wares to sold. Connected with the theatre were over fifty people, musicians, juggles, dancing girls and some amazing specialists. At the performances most of those who were to take part were in open view. The dancing girls would come on, one after another, to the accompaniment of the shrill, unpleasant music, and would go through with what has been so often described as a contortion, and not a dance at all. Though a little less unconventional than the Persian theatre, the performance was only graceful at times, and as times was but vulgarly interesting. Here the famous « torture dance » was performed, a man, seemingly half frenzied by the music and the movement, thrusting iron skewers through his arms, legs, cheeks and lips, and even behind on of his eve-balls. It was not a pleasant spectacle.

Pics courtesy : Laurent ANTOINE Lemog

Monday, June 15, 2015

The World offers a diverse range of opportunities

We can build a better future if we unlock new possibilities for people and communities to contribute.
The creation of new opportunities for economic development will require cross-sector partnerships to stimulate and support entrepreneurship, and allow everyone to pursue their hopes and ambitions.

Read more about the Opportunity theme of Expo 2020 Dubai here :

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

157th General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions...

“From the start Expo 2020 Dubai recognized the vital role our own people played, not simply in winning the bid, but in delivering a successful Expo. At every stage of the bid process, the support of our nation, their pride in our achievements and their wholehearted commitment encourages us on to exceed our vision and create something both magnificent and meaningful."

June 9, the Expo 2020 Dubai‬ team presented an update to the General Assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation in charge of overseeing the organisation of World and International Expos.

More details soon...

Monday, June 8, 2015


Future progress cannot come at the expense of future generations. This will require us to innovate in the production, delivery and consumption of water and energy. Improving access to these precious natural resources and embracing a culture of sustainability –are important goals. Find out more about the sustainability theme at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Energy and water, our two most precious sources of life and prosperity, are highly interdependent. Large amounts of water are necessary to produce energy, and large amounts of energy are necessary to produce clean water. This inter-relationship has become ever more important as the world’s demand for energy and water surges and as our livelihoods depends increasingly upon them. MORE

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Fact about pavilions ar Expo 2020 Dubai

Pavilions at ‪‎Expo 2020 Dubai‬ will range in size from 250m2 (the equivalent of 1 tennis court) to 15,000m2 (the size of three football pitches)

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