Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Expo 2020 : Positive Long-Term Effect on Dubai's Growth

Traditionnaly, world expos were international platforms for showcasing incredible innovations, capable of bringing progress and transforming the humanity. But today, expos, including World Expo 2020, which will be held in Dubai, present more economic benefits than ever before. The excitement caused by Dubai's winning bid, howerver, isn't a result of just an immediate monetary relief; it's the positive long-term effects on Dubai's growth everyone is talking about.

Read more on Dubai Chronicle :

The Dubai Tram...

Find out how the latest addition to the city’s sustainable public transport network, Dubai Tram, is introducing new technology.

Dubai Tram is the latest addition to the city’s sustainable public transport network

By Tamara Walid :

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Dubai team met with the University of Arizona

Expo2020‬ Dubai team met with the University of Arizona (US) extending its theme & academic engagement with global thought leaders...

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Expo2020 team shares its theme(s)

Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability
with Knowledge and Human Development Authority and representatives of various international universities in the Free zones. The UAE hosts the highest number of international branch campuses (IBCs) in the world, with 35 IBCs – of which, 26 are in Dubai; providing accessibility, choice, quality and opportunity, that has made a difference in the lives of many students.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Expo 2020 Dubai joins The World Future Energy Summit

Expo 2020 Dubai joins The World Future Energy Summit and the exploration of future energy solutions. Join us at booth 6121 and share emerging trends and insights in the sustainability sector. Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC) 19-22 January. Network with the Expo 2020 Dubai team and learn more about Expo 2020 Dubai.

 Pic Courtesy Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

History - Expo 2005 Aichi, Japan - Qatar pavilion

Qatar Pavilion highlights the rich history of Qatar and the development it is now undergoing. It introduces Doha and the Qatari culture to the people of Japan and to the world. The pavilion showcases the country's history, culture and society, economy, industry, education and the preparations to host the 15th Asian Games in 2006.

Visitors can understand through its exhibits that Qatar, as an exporter of clean energy - natural gas - is not only preserving the rich and varied fauna and flora in the Arabian Gulf but is also contributing to global environment protection.
The 648-square-meter pavilion depicts the past, present and future of Qatar through interactive displays, live music and traditional craftsmen and women at work.
The objective behind Qatar's participation is to give prominence to the State of Qatar worldwide and highlight balanced development in all aspects of life.

Source :

Qatar pavilion at Aichi World Expo 2005, by pico

Pico "designed and miniaturized" Qatar into a 648sqm display to demonstrate the deep contrats between modern and old Qatar. Interactive touch-screen displays engaged the viewers while revolving round a traditional Qatari setting.
Traditional fishing boat and handicraft displays were exhibited with live demos while a tartan running track with 'athletes' was also constructed to promote the up-coming Asian Games 2006 in Doha. Visitors wrere introduced to the largest educational project in the Middle East, the Qatar Foundation, before exiting via a cinema showing the past, present and future of Qatar.

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Friday, January 9, 2015

LeMog3D World Expo Life... 1000th article !

Thanks to all readers of my main blog :

Started in 2009, about World Expo Life : now 1000 articles !
Thank you !!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

May 2015 pioneer new paths to a bright future for sustainability, mobility and opportunity !!!

The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future emphasizes the importance of partnerships and innovation as our best hope to build a sustainable world today and in the future. It recognizes the central importance of Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity to the development of all countries. The convening power of Expo, combined with Dubai’s ability and motivation to facilitate and grow partnerships, will help focus the world’s best creative energies in delivering solutions in these domains and help improve our lives.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The UAE Pavilion from Expo Milano 2015...

The UAE Pavilion from Expo Milano 2015 will be relocated to the UAE once the event has finished, following in the footsteps of the UAE’s Pavilion from Shanghai Expo 2010.

Pavilion Power

Hello 2020 takes a look at the UAE’s sustainable pavilion design for Milan’s Expo 2015, as the event draws closer to kick off.

Expo Milano is less than a year away. The 2015 edition of the Expo kicks off in May next year and spectacular designs for the UAE’s pavilion have been created by leading architect firm Foster + Partners.

The practice, famous in the UAE for its Index Tower in Dubai’s DIFC district, as well as its contribution to the development of Masdar City in Abu Dhabi, has described the design as ‘bringing the planning principles of the traditional desert city to Milan’.

“We are very proud to be chosen again to create the national pavilion for the UAE,” said Norman Foster, chairman and founder of Foster + Partners. “Our challenge has been to design for two climates – to create a naturally cool, comfortable space for visitors in Milan, while considering the pavilion’s ultimate reconstruction in the Emirates, where there is a need to provide shade from the sun.

“The design reflects our investigations into the form of ancient cities and our appreciation for the desert landscape. It also maximises the opportunities presented by the elongated site – the dramatic entrance will welcome people inside, and the channels between the high walls provide intuitive circulation, naturally leading visitors to the auditorium, exhibition and restaurant spaces.”

With more than 20 million people expected to visit the event, the pavilion will expose a potentially huge audience to everything the UAE has to offer. Designed with a capacity for up to 785 visitors an hour, the 140 metre long building has a form familiar to those who have seen the company’s work in Masdar City.

The pavilion’s self-shading street is formed in the shadow of two 12.metre high walls, which curve their way from the entrance of the 4,386m2 site to the main exhibition structure, which boasts a 1,175m2 exhibition area.

Sustainability is a key concern of the design team, which is aiming to achieve a LEED Platinum rating for the pavilion. The fact that the pavilion will be dismantled and relocated to the UAE, once Expo Milano is over, will add to the structure’s sustainability credentials. The UAE’s pavilion at the Shanghai Expo in 2010, also designed by Foster + Partners, went through the same relocation process and has since been reassembled on Saadiyat Island in Abu Dhabi.

Priority use of local materials with recycled content will also give the structure an edge in the bid for LEED certification. According to Foster + Partners there will be CO2 absorbing materials used and other resources have been ‘selected for their durability and long term re-use value’.

Energy will be generated through the use of photovoltaic panels, used in combination with solar thermal hot water panels, with the aim of achieving a 30 percent saving over the
use of conventional technology. Additional hot water will be created by recovering heat energy from the cooling plant.

“Everything that we have done is connected to the UAE and its efforts to achieve sustainable solutions,” said Gerard Evenden, the project’s leading architect and a senior partner at Foster + Partners. “We draw on natural landscape and vernacular architecture as well as modern designs that are themselves influencedby traditional forms.

“We had to design for conditions in both Milan and Abu Dhabi. It was a great architectural challenge.”

To learn more about the Expo 2015 Milano :

Sunday, December 21, 2014

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 mobility, sustainability and economic development.
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 €17.7 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 MENASA region.

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

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Preparations for Expo 2020...

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee Chairman, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Mr. Vicente Loscertales, BIE Secretary General discussing the ongoing preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai.

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee Chairman, President of the Department of Civil Aviation and Chairman and Chief Executive of Emirates Airline and Group and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, the UAE's Minister of State, Director General – Bureau Dubai Expo 2020 and Board Representative of the Dubai Expo 2020 Higher Committee meeting with Mr. Vicente Loscertales, BIE Secretary General as part of the preparations for Expo 2020 Dubai.

Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee received BIE Secretary General, Vicente Loscertales, in Dubai. Mega-event progress continues.

Expo 2020 Dubai Facebook page :

Monday, December 15, 2014

Learn more about the importance of mobility in bringing 25 million people to Expo 2020 Dubai

The Wider Area

Efficient logistics improve the way we work together and have become a crucial part of our modern, globalised society.

Our ambition is to host an event noted for its seamless operations and ease of access. That is why our sub-theme of Mobility will play such an integral role.

We anticipate 25 million visits to our event, with 70% of visitors expected to travel from international locations.

And with 33% of the world’s population within a four-hour flight, 66% within an eight-hour flight and an aviation infrastructure that currently caters for a flight either landing or taking off every 90 seconds, access is easier than it has ever been.

Three international airports in Dubai International, Dubai World Central and Abu Dhabi International will serve the Expo audience and Dubai’s airports are expected to be the largest and busiest in the world by 2020.

Jebel Ali Port, the world’s third largest container dock, is situated just 10 minutes from the Expo 2020 Dubai site.

As part of our bid, a comprehensive visitor management study was undertaken, including city-wide traffic and movement flow analysis. As a result we have been able to put together a public transport strategy able to sustain vast audiences.

An extension to the Dubai Metro Red Line will be constructed to a dedicated station on the Expo site.

A bespoke low-emission bus service (ExpoRider) will transport visitors to and from the Expo from pick-up points throughout the UAE, situated in key hotel and major population areas. At these pick-up points, passengers will undergo ticket checks and security screening prior to boarding the ExpoRider buses in operation, eliminating the need for further checking when they reach the Expo Site, to facilitate faster processing through the entrances.

The UAE already has a world-class road infrastructure and the main connecting road between Dubai and Abu Dhabi runs directly past the site venue.

Mobility will also play an important role within the site venue. Each of our theme areas will be designed so that visitors are no more than 15-minutes walk from the central Al Wasl Plaza. It is here where our visitors will forge the connections that will make this Expo a success and create a legacy we can all share in.

The UAE is already a significant trade, commercial and service hub between East and West and at Expo 2020 Dubai we aim to showcase how our focus on efficient logistics and transportation systems will help us create the relationships that will define and support our future.

Pic courtesy Expo 2020 Duba

To learn more about the Expo 2020 Dubai :

Thursday, November 28, 2013

EXPO 2020... DUBAI !

Congratulations to the Team of Expo 2020 Dubai, UAE !

Following a vote wednesday in Paris by the Bureau International des Expositions, it is our great honour and pleasure to announce that the UAE has been selected as the host nation of the World Expo 2020 in Dubai under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

First round :

Second round :

Third round :

As you can see, it's a final result. Result altogether predictable. It must be said that Expo 2020 Dubai has every chance of his side, sparing neither effort nor money to get this 'right to Expo' ! And it worked!
It's regrettable that Turkey was not found in the final against Dubai. Indeed, the city of Izmir presented his candidacy for the second time, friendly staff, honest and very dynamic, with the interesting theme of health for all. So it was Russia's bid against Dubai for the final round, a strong candidate despite a certain lack of trust and honesty. About Sao Paulo, it could have been an opportunity to see for the first time a World Expo in South America. Unfortunately, a low score that simply explains, a bid rather late, lack of energy, of communication, and locally, lack of support. We can say that it was maybe a little too early.
Anyway, go to 7 years in Dubai !

Meanwhile EXPO2020, below, some pictures from the event that followed the vote, to celebrate the victory of Dubai !

Dubai EXPO 2020 Ambassadors

HH Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan.

Eenas El Sheakh (Expo 2020 Dubai Ambassador)... the face of the victory... so happy !

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

MEDIA MONDAYS UAE - Dubai Media Industry Networking Event

Big success and huge Support !!!


Monday, 28 October, 2013
The Amphitheatre, Souk Madinat Jumeirah

Great Job putting this event together and seeing all the excitement about the soon to be announced winner of the expo2020.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Hello 2020 - Newletter n16 October 2013

The UAE’s bid to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai has captured the hearts and minds of a nation and in this issue we find a country galvanised in its support of the Dubai Expo 2020 campaign.

 Hello 2020 - Newsletter n16 October 2013

In this issue Subramanian Rangan, Professor of Strategy and Management at INSEAD, and an expert on globalisation, offers his own perspectives on the global significance of the Dubai Expo 2020 subthemes of Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. Meanwhile, Patrick Awuah, founder of Ashesi University, explains how Dubai Expo 2020’s subtheme of Opportunity could positively impact emerging economies, and considers the particular benefits it could bring to young people worldwide. The unique opportunity presented by an Expo in Dubai is also explored in this issue’s Fact File. Here, we demonstrate the inspirational nature of the UAE’s bid, with its pledge to focus on themes that reflect global priorities, including a seven-year programme of collaborative innovation aimed at addressing those issues.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Dubai Urban Art Wall Project...

...a tribute to UAE's bid to host the Expo 2020 in Dubai.

H.H. Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Women Establishment, Wife of H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs announced the launch of 'Al Ydar' - which is an Urban Art Wall project that will transform the 140 metre long outward-facing wall of Dubai Ladies Club, along Jumeirah Beach Road, into a stunning community-focused mural. 

On this occasion, Sheikha Manal said, "In more recent times the urban art scene has emerged as a creative outlet for societies to express their identity and ideals. Al Ydar encompasses all of these values in a glorious artwork that will stand as a proud symbol of our nation's vision. Over the year, Al Ydar will display new collaborative works of urban and conceptual art, under specific themes. I look forward to witnessing the growth of this on-going project that will explore different subjects with every new display." She added, "Moreover, I am proud to note that the first edition of Al Ydar will serve as a fitting tribute to UAE's bid to host the Expo 2020 in Dubai. 

Al Ydar is a glorious demonstration of the UAE's will and fervour to successfully host yet another world-class cultural event such as Expo 2020." Al Ydar, the Dubai Urban Art Wall, entitled 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', brings together 9 UAE-based artists who are Sheikha Wafa Hasher Al Maktoum, founder and director of FN Designs, Rashid Abdalla Al Mulla, Matt Ryder, Mark Ganzon, Victoria Viray, Joseph Manata, Gian Juan, Katherine Wilson and Mohammed Hindash, a former winner of The Sheikha Manal Young Artist Award. The project was commissioned by FN Designs on behalf of The Cultural Office. 

Al Ydar is divided into two sections, representing two side of Dubai - the heart and soul. The first section symbolises the heart through an illustration of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's poetry - 'Determination of the Youth', depicting images of the camel, which is the ship of the desert, and the mighty falcon, which is the national bird of UAE. 

Both are a symbol of force and courage. The art gradually begins to create scenes from nomadic desert life as a tribute to the tribe, which has been the principal building block of UAE society. Today, the seven Emirates have forged a distinct national identity combining the traditional with the modern, with the older generations teaching and passing on their knowledge to the younger generation. Finally, all of the elements are come together to reiterate the poetic words of HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "Bedouins in dry deserts lived a life of gruelling trials, The violent sea was their only source of living and survival." Further sending the message that regardless of our nations the extraordinary and ever-growing progress, the UAE people are still deeply connected to their roots that are the foundation for UAE values and traditions. 

The second section continues onwards under the theme of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future', taking the viewer into modern-day Dubai with a collage of imagery depicting our nations growth and success such as the Dubai skyline, a vision towards the future and the Arabian horse, which represents more than strength; it epitomises a constellation of noble values shared by community members as well: grace, endurance, friendship and gallantry. These powerful illustrations are finally summarised by one of the most renowned and potent phrases by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, "In the race for excellence there is no finish line." Al Ydar is one of many upcoming projects facilitated by The Cultural Office of Her Highness Sheikha Manal bint Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum which recently launched to established with the objective to activate and concentrate its efforts on providing a leading platform for talents in the field of arts and culture; further stabilising the position of the UAE as a country of inspiration and creativity. – Emirates New Agency, WAM – 

Monday, October 21, 2013

Dubai Expo 2020 Ambassadors... Huge Support !

Take a look to the Instagram Support Page of Dubai Expo 2020 Ambassadors !
Full of creativity, full of imagination, and often, full of art...

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

All eyes on Dubai with 52 days to go

Nivriti Butalia /

“I’m Ali by the way, I’m ten and I live in the greatest city in the world – Dubai”; Anyone who has taken a flight into Dubai the past few months would have seen this four-minute long film in the in-flight entertainment. The film is a promo for Dubai. A bid to attract those 25 million visitors to the city for the 2020 World Expo; 25 million people – that is the estimated number.

 “I’m Ali by the way, I’m ten and I live in the greatest city in the world – Dubai”; Anyone who has taken a flight into Dubai the past few months would have seen this four-minute long film in the in-flight entertainment. The film is a promo for Dubai. A bid to attract those 25 million visitors to the city for the 2020 World Expo; 25 million people – that is the estimated number.

The promo film opens with a little boy, Ali, in a traditional white kandura, sitting on a boat with his father. Ali tells the story of how his father can hold his breath under water for over two minutes and dive – for fun. Ali’s grandfather though could hold his breath longer and dive – for work. And thus unfurls a story of the pearl divers of Dubai. Pearl-diving was a trademark for the Dubai of yesterday. The focus of Ali’s film is the progress made in the last 40 years by this Oasis city, the Dubai of today, somewhat removed from pearl-diving.

The immense support of social media is apparent. Locals are tweeting and re-tweeting articles and links about facts that make Dubai an ideal candidate for a host city. The Spanish football team, too, recently put in their vote for Dubai. A World Expo in Dubai in 2020 would be the first to be held in the Menasa (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region.

Infrastructure wise, the already swank hotels are priming themselves. One of the busiest global transits the Dubai airport is getting a makeover.

Once the new Al Maktoum International Airport at the Dubai World Central in Jebel Ali is ready, it is slated to surpass records. With an eventual capacity of 160 million passengers per year, the airport will trump London Heathrow to become the largest in the world.

So when an article in the New York Times tipped its hat towards Dubai, there was much excitement online, with everyone sharing that piece. According to the NYT article: “Dubai, which would be the first host of a world’s fair in the Middle East, has emerged as the frontrunner, offering the most financial and governmental support.” The advantage Dubai has is evident in terms of its sheer geographic positioning, of it being from certain standpoints and quite literally, the centre of the world.

Representatives from the 167 member nations of the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) cast their votes on November 27 to decide which city will host the 2020 World Expo.

Counting down from today, only 52 days are left until the vote.

The Dubai expo bid online has 37,382 followers. And the power of social media is all too apparent with the page having swung 632,262 Likes

Facebook shares, Twitter re-tweets and constant advertorial reminders of the city’s greatness apart, there is also a video testimony of Bill Gates’s support for Dubai.

“When I was a child,” says Gates, “I got to go to the world expo in 1962 in my hometown Seattle… there was lot of great technology there, was very inspirational… Expos let people see new innovation, gets people excited, participate in life, bring people together, get us dreamy and so expos are a great institution.”

He then states how the UAE is so far ahead in the global race: “UAE has taken its success and is willing to invest in new learning, new innovation – great to see that kind of long term approach is part of how its taking its success and becoming a hub for people from different regions”.

Acknowledging the power of social media Gates said: “The digital world is magical but I don’t think it’s going to replace meetings and expos – not anytime during my life time.”