Opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s first exhibition in the Middle East

Delayed by the pandemic, Expo 2020 will run until March 2022, bringing together representatives – and, hopefully, visitors – from 190 countries.

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Anearly eight years of planning and billions of dollars in spending, the Middle Eastthe first worldThe fair opened in Dubai on Friday, in the hopes that the months-long extravagance will draw both visitors and the world’s attention to this dreamy deserted landscape.

The coronavirus pandemic has pushed Expo 2020 back by a year and could affect the number of people flocking to the United Arab Emirates. But the six-month exhibition still provides Dubai with a momentous opportunity to showcase its appeal between East and West as a welcome place for business.

Not so long ago, the 1,080-acre Expo site was a barren wasteland. Now, hea futuristic landscape buzzing with dancing and barking robots automated orders to bare-faced visitors to mask themselves, a new subway station, multi-million dollar pavilions and so-called neighborhoods with names like durability and opportunity-all built, like much of the Gulf, by low-paid migrant workers.

More than 190 nations use their pavilions to highlight their greatest tourist attractions, discoveries and ambitions. The American pavilion, funded by the United Arab Emirates after America struggled to find funding, has a replica of the Space X Falcon 9 rocket and takes visitors on a conveyor belt past multimedia infomercials for American inventions . It also displays a Quran that belonged to the nation‘s third president, Thomas Jefferson, as an example of how religious freedom is woven into the very fabric of American society.

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Chinathe vast lantern-shaped pavilion focuses on the nationSpace ambitions and future invention plans, featuring a Transformer-type car that SAIC Motor hopes will someday also function as a submarine and helicopter.

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Draped over ItalyThe pavilion is made up of 40 miles of ropes made from 2 million plastic bottles. The main attraction, however, is a 3D replica of Michelangelo.s David, made from marble dust. The 17-foot-tall naked giant is not easily accessible – visitors must enter separate floors of a building to see it at eye level or look from its feet. Public nudity is prohibited in the United Arab Emirates, where traditional Muslim norms largely prevail.

United Arab Emiratesfalcon-shaped pavilion, by far the sitethe largest, takes visitors on a two-hour immersive experience through dunes of real orange sand and pictures of the country50 years of history.

Other attractions include an African dining hall, concerts and shows from around the world, and the option to dine on a $ 500 three-course meal with phosphorescent cuisine.

Isabel Fu, 50, said she flew to the Expo from Beijing to see the kind of changes weWe will see in the future the technology that makes us look into the next era. Upon her return to China, she faces 21 days of quarantine.

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Ever since they caused a sensation in London in 1851, the World’s Fairs have long been an opportunity for nations to meet, exchange ideas, showcase inventions, promote culture and forge business ties. For over a century, these global exhibitions have captured the imagination and showcased a part of humanity.most important innovations. The first worlds fair held in the United States in 1876 debuted Alexander Graham Bells phone, typewriter, mechanical calculator and Heinz ketchup. One of its main buildings, Memorial Hall, is now a museum.

Other fairs introduced inventions like the sewing machine, the elevator, soda ash, the Ferris wheel, and, in 1939 in New York City, television.

Artists carry national flags during the opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai on September 30, 2021.

This yearThe Expo takes place as the virus continues to spread across the world, with countless numbers of people working and studying remotely and virtually connecting to the world. ThisIt’s unclear how many visitors Dubai can attract and to what extent the Expo will boost its tourism-driven economy, especially in the scorching heat of early fall, which on Friday raised spirits, some visitors s ‘pass out and most people sweat through their shirts.

To enter the Expo site, visitors must present a negative PCR test or proof of COVID-19 vaccination.

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Dubais ruler and the force behind the emirates transformation, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, described Expo 2020 as a chance to showcase the best of human excellence.

It provides a platform to forge a united global effort to build a more sustainable and prosperous future for all humanity, he told the guests at the Expos opening ceremony.

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince and de facto ruler of the United Arab Emiratesseat of power, Abu Dhabi, highlighted the ethos of this earth as a meeting point for cultures and tolerance.

Whether Iran or Israel, Every Nation is Welcome to Dubais Expo. Space marked on maps for AfghanistanThe pavilion, however, appeared vacant a few weeks after the Taliban took control of Kabul.

It makes me very proud to see so many different kinds of cultures, countries and traditions coming to my country for the first time, said Isa Nuaimi, a 25-year-old government pilot from the UAE city of Al Ain.

Human Rights Watch, however, said the United Arab Emiratess efforts to promote themselves as open and tolerant country remain at odds with a slew of human rights violations, including the suppression of peaceful criticism, the imprisonment of activists, and pervasive government surveillance.

The UAE has embarked on a decades-long effort to whitewash its reputation on the international stage, the rights group said.

The Expo site will attempt to dazzle visitors with a central dome, marketed like the worldthe largest 360 degree projection screen.

A little crowdedFair structures remain emblematic markers of the human journey and of our industrial development. Nothing more than the Eiffel Tower, which was built in Paris to be the tallest structure in the world at the time and to serve as the gateway to the world in 1889.is just. The Space Needle in Seattle, Washington, built for the world 1962s fair, also continues to enjoy global significance.

While most of the shows have been held in Europe and the United States, none have been held in the Middle East so far.

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