Dubai World Expo 2020

Thomas Ou ‘24
EE Entertainment Editor 

Site of Dubai’s long-awaited expo.

Bareness. Aching. Adrift. Yet amidst the monotonous acres of arid sand, there lies a technological and architectural paradise so daring that sets a new precedent for the development of a new country. If a traveler happens to find themselves within these barren lands within these last winter months they just might hear the faint outline of their favorite band and the cheers of its excited participants, many of whom traveled across the world to partake in this event. 

Since the very beginning, World’s Fairs have been a way for countries to show off their prowess and skill to the rest of the world through dazzling architecture, planning and experience. The first fair, set in London in 1851, was called the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. Its message, told through the soaring iron and glass, was about showcasing the rising industrial capabilities of the world.

In a world that has been dominated by western culture, burdened by the pandemic, unrest and environmental catastrophe, the Dubai Expo is a breath of fresh air; focused on clear communication, healing and building a better world. The Dubai Expo is being promoted as the biggest event held in the Arab world, putting other festivals to shame. “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is the official theme, with there also being ten smaller theme weeks that will cover the entire six months of the Expo.  The expo will address major challenges facing humanity through economic, cultural, environmental, and social perspectives. Despite its deceiving name, the Dubai expo is actually being held from October of 2021 to the 31st of March, 2022. Sadly, it has been severely delayed by the Covid Pandemic, with the organizers having to push the plans an entire year. 

One of the major attractions, Infinite Night, is focused on bringing musical entertainment from varying cultures. Some major names that might be familiar that have performed are Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, Ragheb Alama, Nancy Ajram, and Kadim Al Salir. Many of these past performances can be found online in video form, while there are also live versions that can be streamed. It is safe to say that these musicians had practiced really hard for this performance, and the outcome is something that can only be seen once in a lifetime. Personally, I watched the Coldplay performance (my favorite bando out of the ones listed) and the feeling was exhilarating. 

Another of my personal favorite attractions is the Hammour House, which “explore[s] the coral reefs that hamour fish consider home from the unexpected viewpoints of artists, scientists, schoolchildren and fishermen”. It has drawn inspiration from the One Thousand and One Nights story of Abdullah the Fisherman and Abdullah the Merman and seeks to teach people about the wonderous world that is beneath the sea. Any art lover would be impressed with these experimental exhibits, which have brought the best works of many talented people. 

The emirates are preparing for some big changes in its agricultural industry as the celebration for their Expo 2020 Dubai concludes. During the World Food Day of 2021, the UAE Minister of Climate Change and Environment, Mariam bint Mohammed Saeed Hareb Almheir, declared that “[their] national food security strategy will make the UAE a world-leading hub of innovation-driven food security in the next 30 years”. They are making strides in improving the country’s sustainability by promoting local productions. They are reducing the country’s carbon footprint by using alternative energy and plan on introducing high quality and valued practice in agriculture while still keeping costs affordable to its people. 

 In a region that has been commonly associated with terrorism and bloodshed, it is a refreshing sight to see joy and laughter as people look past their differences and enjoy what the world has to offer. While for most reasonable students Dubai might be a place too far to travel during the school year, it is definitely something worth keeping tabs on.

One Response to Dubai World Expo 2020

  1. Zach C says:

    Fantastic article! Really an interesting read.

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