Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates. It is a global city and an international business hub which brings the world to it for tourism, shopping, transportation, aviation, real estate and financial services. It is therefore fitting that the 2020 World Expo will be organised in Dubai as the largest event ever staged in the Arab world.
Millions of visitors (about 25 million) from across the globe and the region will experience warm Emirati hospitality and UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Of the overall visitors expected, 70 per cent would be international and in this, the youth are at the heart of it. That’s why Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come by focusing especially on innovations, architecture, friendships and business opportunities.
Expo 2020 will host the world for 173 days and each day is expected to be a new experience. The Expo will be open 7 days a week with 192 country pavilions, 15 hours of daily entertainment, 200 plus restaurants and 60 live shows daily. Under the overarching theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, there are three sub-themes. These include: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The 192 country pavilions will be housed in one of these theme platforms.
Opportunity: Expo 2020 aims to unlock the potential of humankind’s future in multiple ways, such as demonstrating solutions and technology to social problems and introducing visitors to new ideas that inspire them. The Opportunity Pavilion is made from organic materials, including timber, 2,500 tonnes of stone and 111 km of woven rope.
Mobility: When we enable smarter movement of knowledge, ideas and goods, a new world of possibilities unfolds. Expo 2020 looks at how this has helped us explore new frontiers, and how humanity is making greater leaps than ever through digital connectivity.
Sustainability: The need to live in balance with the world we inhabit has never been more critical. Expo 2020 is embracing alternative sources of food, water, and clean and renewable energy, and encouraging us all to reassess how we can preserve the planet.
India is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.33 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world. India boasts of an immensely rich cultural heritage holds its uniqueness in its diversity and hence has adapted itself to international changes with poise and comfort. While the economy has welcomed international companies to invest in it with open arms since liberalisation in 1990s, Thus, the country is attracting many global majors for strategic investments owing to the presence of vast range of industries, investment avenues and a supportive government. Huge population, mostly comprising the youth, is a strong driver for demand and an ample source of manpower.
India has a unique place in Expo 2020 because of the close rapport and relationship between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Emir of Dubai. One manifestation of this in the fact that the India Pavilion can be retained even after World Expo 2020 with suitable modifications. The expo site will be developed as District 2020 post Expo 2020. Over 80 per cent of Expo’s built environment is proposed to be retained for the permanent site. It is envisaged that it would eventually expand into a city covering more than 4 million Sqm.
As the India Pavilion is located in the “Opportunity” district, the main pavilion building will narrate the story of “Future is in India” through thematic displays in the fields of Digital India, Make in India, Infrastructure, Space Technology, Education, Medical Facilities, Tourism, Culture.
The Main Pavilion will also host the States, Sectoral participation through Ministries, PSUs, EPCs and Leading Private sectors including Start-ups and Innovation ecosystem. India is one of the ten most forest-rich countries of the world. The pavilion design will reflect the nation’s responsibility and initiative to improve and gradually increase India’s diminishing forest cover in years to come. The foyer is a celebration space, where waiting becomes the pretext to participate in gorgeous shows such as concerts, dancing and theatre performances.
The World Expo has declared two specials days for India: 14 November, 2020 (Diwali) and 26 January, 2021 (Republic Day)