December 16th, 2019 at 05:52am
Expo 2020 is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration of ideas, culture, collaboration and innovation. The largest event ever staged in the Arab world, this is also the first World Expo to be held in this region. Truly an event of massive scale and proportions, everything about the event is in superlatives.
From the sheer size of the pavilions which spans the size of 600 football pitches, the astounding number of expected visitors which has been pegged at 25 million visitors to the staggering 300,000 meals that will be served a day, the theme of the Dubai Expo is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, with other sub-themes like Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Dubai Expo 2020 – Location
The expo site has been built in the Dubai South district, over an area of 438 hectares which is equivalent to 600 football pitches. The location of the site is close to Al Maktoum International Airport. The area is 4 kilometers long and 1.8 kilometers wide.
Over 1,00,000 have registered as participants for the event and over 25 million are expected to visit the expo, with over 70% of visitors expected to come from outside the UAE. The event is also expected to create 270,000 new jobs in the country.
There will be more than 200 restaurants from around the world and more than 60 daily live shows. The Opening Hours for the weekdays will be from 10 AM to 1 AM and 10 AM to 2 AM during the weekends and specials days.
His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum is the Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee. The official website of the event is https://www.expo2020dubai.com.
The event will feature pavilions from 192 countries. There are 5 central pavilions. The largest pavilions will be the ones from China, Africa and the Pacific region. The UAE pavilion will be one of the main attractions. It features the outline of a falcon – the national bird of UAE. This pavilion was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava.
Impact on the Economy
The Dubai Expo is expected to give a boost of AED 122.6 billion to the UAE economy and lead to the creation of over 905,200 job-years between 2013 and 2031. This event will add a whopping 1.2 percent to the GDP of the UAE for the year 2019-20.
The initial economic boost is owing to the construction activities required for the event but the legacy of the expo will be the tremendous boost it will provide to the economy through the supporting infrastructure built specifically for the event – such as roads, bridges and the Dubai Metro Route 2020 line. The small and medium industries in UAE have received AED 4.7 billion in investment in the pre-expo era.
Tickets For The Event
The normal 1-day tickets for the expo are worth AED 120, while the 3-day tickets are worth AED 260. There is a 50% discount on entry for students of any age and youth aged 6 to 17. The expo gives free access to kids up to 5 years and adults 65 years & above. Disabled persons are also allowed free entry and a caregiver can also visit with them at half the ticket price.
The Expo 2020 can be the start of something special for the city of Dubai. Uber has announced that it will be demonstrating the use of its flying taxis in the city from July 2020 and they should be operational during the event. This is just one of the many companies that will use the expo as a springboard for their new technologies. The innovations presented during this event can shape the future of the city. It sure is exciting times ahead for the city of Dubai.
For more information on Dubai Expo 2020, Read our blog ‘WHAT IS DUBAI EXPO 2020?‘
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