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Grand Bajio was present at Expo Dubai 2020, on a trip to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to promote investments and exports from this region.

Accompanied by Federico Quiñazos and Marcelo López, your servant Julio Di-Bella, in our capacity as founders of El Gran Bajío, we made known at the World Expo in Dubai the potential of the 6 states that make up our initiative, in the field of the different strategic sectors, representing today 25 companies from the interior of Mexico.

During the week of March 21-27 this year, the El Gran Bajío delegation participated in an extensive program of meetings within the framework of Expo Dubai 2020, expanding the presence of the companies we represent through the participation in the agenda of the Global Business Forum, an event that brings together not only the leaders of the United Arab Emirates but also the brightest minds of the planet.

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For 170 years, World’s Fairs have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today. Expo Dubai 2020 reaffirmed this tradition by showcasing the latest technologies from around the world, and the Global Business Forum presented global trends and the strategic vision of world leaders for the next 15 years.

But what is relevant at Expo Dubai? Basically, as its slogan says, it is the possibility of connecting minds and creating the future.

I share here with you the most significant elements of the work program, since we had the opportunity to cover the 4 guiding axes of the Expo, which were:

Innovation: Expo 2020 Dubai is a global innovation engine that inspires and acts as a catalyst for creative and adaptable solutions.

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Handshake icon / Associations: Participating in this agenda allows you to establish a network of collaboration between nations, organizations and innovators based on common global challenges.

Circles forming a circle icon / Impact: Have a tangible and measurable impact to improve the lives of people around the world by developing and delivering new solutions.

People with think cloud icon / Participation: Convene participants and stakeholders so that, “Connecting minds”, they support solutions related to the sub-themes of the Expo.

Allow me to make a brief reminder of the Universal Exhibitions, because in them historical Innovations have become known; for example, in the field of television, the first live television broadcast was made during the second New York General Exhibition (1939). Similarly, the Super Hi-Vision Theatre, commonly referred to as Ultra HDTV, debuted at the 2005 Aichi World Expo in Japan.

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As for computers, Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, one of the first mechanical computers, was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of Industry and Art in London in 1862. Visitors to the second general exhibition from Seattle (1962) were stunned by IBM’s Shoebox, a first-generation computer that responded to voice commands.

Regarding telephony, Alexander Graham Bell presented the first telephone in the world in 1876 at the International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of Soil and Mining in Philadelphia.

The First Class General Exhibition in Osaka (1970) gave visitors the opportunity to experience for the first time what mobile phone connectivity technology had to offer.

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In gastronomy, many culinary innovations have whetted the taste buds and debuted at the World’s Fair, including Heinz’s popcorn and ketchup at the 1876 Philadelphia Centennial Exposition, and ice cream cones at the World’s Fair of 1876 in Saint Louis in 1904.

As far as historic and monumental structures go, the Great London Exhibition was held at the iconic Crystal Palace in 1851 to showcase the inventions of the Industrial Revolution.

The main symbol of the Paris Universal Exhibition of 1889, the Eiffel Tower, did not impose itself immediately and some campaigned for it to be dismantled once the exhibition closed.

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Originally built for the world-class General Exhibition in Brussels in 1958, the Atomium had the fastest elevators in the world at the time.

Finally, the “Al Wasl Plaza”, the cosmopolitan hall of the great exhibition center, which has the largest unsupported dome in the world, and which is the centerpiece of Expo Dubai 2020, will continue to be the emblematic center of the Dubai District 2020. .the United Arab Emirates and will last as long as the Eiffel Tower. In the case of “Al Wasl Plaza”, it will stand as a great witness to the reunion of humanity after 2 years of pandemic.

After visiting Expo Dubai 2020, the El Gran Bajío delegation, consisting of Federico Quinzaños, Marcelo López, Tania de Canini, Salvador Monge, Cristina López and myself, returned to Mexico infected with the great Emirati conviction, in Dubai, the word “impossible” does not exist. Well, what do you think, in Mexico neither.

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