The winning article was written by Shehla AlAshkar
World Expos have been hailed as the mother of festivals for the global community to take part in, as well as showcase economic, social and cultural transformations. This mega event takes place every 5 years and cheers up millions of visitors for a period of 6 months. It has been consistently taking place since 1851, the historical year when the Great Exhibition inaugurated EXPOs in the city of London.
In the global scenario, the Expo has been celebrated with the aspiration to reinforce global connection and rejoice cultural diversity. It stages various innovations, technological wonders, and ultimately shares pride in the progress of global economy ensuring an enriched quality of life in the world population. As this event takes place once every five years; it is a meeting ground for millions of visitors from different parts of the world. The participation of various nations, international organizations, as well as businesses delights the visitors with exhibitions, pavilions and cultural events conducted by hundreds of nations.
Benefits of Hosting The Expo
Hosting an Expo stands to be a dream turning into a reality for any hosting country/city, where it brings the world together for a common goal. The hosting nation is immensely benefitted from the quantitative figures to the qualitative values. The benefits include economic add-ons, cultural interaction, reinforced international relations, exchange of ideas, nation’s progress, technological innovation, and of course, a refined future. In short, Expos serve as means of economic, social and cultural growth for the hosting city or nation, leaving a lasting legacy of diplomacy.
Dubai Expo2020 Bid – ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’
Dubai and the whole of the UAE are thrilled for winning the bid to host the World Expo 2020, where it would get the opportunity to work towards exhibiting its economic, social and cultural achievements to the global community. It aspires to connect people from different nations and create an exchange platform to offer the benefits to the future generations within the UAE and the rest of the world. As the World Expo is known to be a promising mega event that attracts a large number of international visitors, this culturally diversified city, very much known for its hospitality and generosity, rightfully justified its candidature in the bid. Dubai’s winning the bid is a historical marking as World Expo has never been hosted in Middle East ever before.
‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is the captivating theme of Dubai’s bid, which addresses building partnerships for an enriched economy and a better future. The bid theme very well reflects the spirit of the UAE in uniting people across the world for a shared mission. The theme stands firm on three pillars that reveal the concrete concerns of the UAE for its better economical standard in the past, present, as well as in future. The pillars are: Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity.
As is known, Mobility plays the key role in growth and prosperity for any region. The UAE takes pride in being a connecting point between many nations and facilitating easy accessibility of ideas, goods, and services. In addition to that, the venue proposed for hosting the expo 2020 is strategically located at a relatively close distance to each of Dubai International Airport, Al Maktoum International Airport, and Abu Dhabi International Airport, which would make it convenient for both the participants and the visitors of Expo.
The subtheme, Sustainability, addresses the requirement of innovation in conservation and successful management of both energy and water. They too play a major part in the economic development.
Dubai Expo 2020 interconnections portray a new array of opportunities that would enrich the livelihood of people in Dubai and thereby, accelerate economic growth and prosperity of the global population.
How Did Dubai Deserve to Win The Bid for Hosting Expo 2020?
It has been recognized globally that about 200 nationalities live in Dubai with different cultural backgrounds. This cosmopolitan hub, being well known for its hospitality and diplomacy, offers a warm welcome to a large number of nations that comes together for a common purpose.
Dubai is a city known to have the richest trade and transport hubs connecting the world. This is an attractive call towards hosting an event like World Expo to facilitate accessibility to the neighboring nations. This element indeed proves that Dubai deserved hosting Expo 2020.
Needless to say, the UAE has been a home for people speaking different languages, following different cultures and coming from varied social backgrounds. It has been a source of innovation and transformation that gave a good makeover to people’s living standards. Therefore, Dubai will pride the UAE and be the best host of the World Expo assuring a better tomorrow.