Since the middle of the 19th century, the so-called universal exhibitions have taken place all over the world. However, despite the name, these featured only the latest and most relevant technological advances in the West, as well as advances in industry, the arts, and commerce. The first Universal Exhibition was held precisely in 1851 under the name of “Great Exhibition” in the crystal palace of London to show the most transcendental inventions of the industrial revolution. Since 2000, these events have taken place every five years and, for the first time in history, they took place in an Arab country: the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In a way, these exhibitions are a way of showing the world what nations are capable of doing thanks to innovation and technology, but they are also a space to discover the natural and cultural riches of different countries. In addition, it becomes a showcase for the host country that allows it to be in the sights of other heads of state and influential people in order to forge new political and economic alliances, while the destination becomes more attractive for the host country. .
Note that it is no coincidence that the first Arab country in which this Universal Exhibition is held is in the United Arab Emirates, since it is one of the main allies of the United States and the West in the region. The United Arab Emirates is a country located along the Persian Gulf on the Arabian Peninsula. It is currently ruled by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed and is made up of seven emirates (a type of political territory) and, despite the fact that the capital is Abu Dhabi, the most famous and populated city is Dubai, where the exhibition was established.
Following the tradition of holding these exhibitions every five years, Expo Dubai should have started in 2020, however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was inaugurated until October 1, 2021 and will be open to the public until March 31, 2022, that is to say a total of six months full of innovation, culture and entertainment.
With the motto “connect minds and create the future“, 192 countries are participating in Expo Dubai, the largest number in history, but international organizations and civil society are also participating. Among the participating countries are France, Belgium, Germany and the Kingdom Kingdom, but also other lesser known ones such as Eswatini, Gabon or Bhutan It is striking that countries such as Afghanistan or Haiti, which are going through complex political situations, also have their place in the exhibition.
Of course, Mexico is also participating. In its pavilion, the installation of the facade stands out; a fabric made by more than 200 women from the city of Etzatlán in Jalisco, Chichén Itzá is also presumed to be one of the seven wonders of the world, there is a projection that shows the habitat of the monarch butterfly, from the whale to bump and fireflies and there is the possibility of tasting the national gastronomy in a restaurant called “Meshico”.
While Expo Dubai’s primary goal is to be a space to connect people and businesses that collaborate to create innovative solutions for the world’s biggest challenges, the expo is designed for the general public to enjoy it through immersive experiences, gastronomy, live music and sports events, among others.
Until a few days ago, on the official Expo page, there were tickets that ranged from $12 to almost $80 depending on the type of visit you wanted to make. However, with the end of the season, you can now have unlimited access to the last months of the Expo for $14.44 (previously the price was $56.30) or choose the one-day premium ticket for $79.39, recommended for those who want to take advantage of networking and business opportunities. For children under 5, people over 60 and people with special needs, admission is free.
Dubai Expo 2020 is surely one of the many world class events that we will see in the region, for example, we will also soon witness the FIFA World Cup in Qatar which will take place between the months of November and December of this year. . Although these events generate significant economic benefits and bring nations and cultures closer together, they are not free from controversy, such as the exploitation and abuse suffered by migrants in the construction of sports facilities. for the 2022 World Cup. But that will be a subject for another article.