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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