Covid-19 has halted Dubai Expo 2020, to be held this October 2021 – isn’t the numerical consecutiveness kind of weird & amazing? Big albeit difficult things do happen for a reason!
Such a momentous event bringing together the whole world is still set to happen, even if the whole world has taken a pause due to the pandemic.
From 1st October 2021 to 31st March 2022, the global extravaganza will occupy a span of 4.38 kilometers in Dubai South, near Al Maktoum International Airport.
After winning the bidding amongst 164 contenders in Paris in November 2013, Dubai has set the stage for 190 countries to come together with the overall arch of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future – built on the pillars of Sustainability, Mobility, Opportunity.
The Expo is expected to boost Dubai’s economy by $33bn and to create up to 300,000 jobs.
World-class science and technology, art and culture, innovation, and invention will not only amaze the estimated pre-pandemic target of 25 million visitors but inform the world and fittingly reconnect the countries “separated” during the first quarter of 2020.
Precautions and adjustments have been set in place rightly so that the economy of the UAE will continue to recover upward, and slowly keep re-opening to the global audience. Reem Al Hashimy, director general of the Dubai Expo 2020, is confident with hitting the target visitors – given the state of the UAE’s strong medical responses to the pandemic despite the restrictions in travel and with the consistent roll of vaccinations globally.
Logistically, various in-person conferences and trade shows held in the city over the last few months has made the event organizers see more and more silver-linings on how everyone is continuing to survive and aiming to thrive despite lockdowns and airport closures in different cities globally – no one will not be wanting to witness such an amazing feat.
What is more to be expected with Dubai Expo 2020?
More than the tangible factors of infrastructure, real-estate demands, employment, spectacular shows, country pavilions rich in information, more than anything Dubai Expo 2020 presents hope for humanity.
That may sound idealistic but after everyone being stuck at home, given the time of reflection, flattening the curve, recovering from general anxiety and grief, the world deserves to come together again to re-think innovation, appreciate science and health sectors even more and to continue to foster curiosity so that the future will be informed of rich history, all worth the wait!
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