With the announcement of the host of the World Expo 2020 looming, now is a good time to reflect on what the international event has brought the world since its origins as an industrial exhibition in 1798. What began as a culmination of a national French tradition has grown into a global fair attracting the best and brightest inventors from every continent to showcase innovations that could revolutionise the world. In 1904, electricity was unveiled to the world at the St. Louis World’s Fair, a creation that has dramatically changed how we live today. Come the 2020 World Expo, will we be seeing the next revolution in energy that’s going to change the future? And will you know it when you see it? Some of the greatest inventions, which we take for granted today, have come out of past World Expos. From the infographic below, you’ll be surprised how many you use in your everyday life.
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Here's a new way to support Expo 2020 Dubai bid, by downloading and showing the new cartoon characters : Um & Abu Nahyan, Nahyan, Shamma and El Waled...
Nahyan is the main character of the cartoon. He represents the smart future of the country. He is the kid who knows it all and very smart for a kid in his age. Nahyan is a kid who wants to be the future inventor and he wants the bid to be in Dubai so he can display his invention that he didn’t create yet.
- 12 years old
- Very smart
- Pretends to know everything and loves to appear as the smart one
- Talks really fast
Shamma is Nahyan’s older sister and she is the embodiment of the young present with its social media. Shamma is obsessed with the latest technologies. She takes photos and tweets about the stuff that might help Dubai to win the Expo 2020 bid.
- Shamma is a University student
- Social media user
The grandfather represents the past and the roots of the country. He lived through the changes of the country. He loves to learn about the new technologies the world.
- Curious about the changes in the country
- The campus of the family that keeps them grounded
- He is always reminding the family with the UAE’s past
Bu Nahyan and Um Nahyan
Parents of Nahyan and Shamma, they represent the present of the older generation symbolizing the united Emirati family who complete one another.
- Supportive to the children
- Proud parents
- Working parents who still find the time to bond with the kids