Expo 2020 – إكسبو ٢٠٢٠
The Expo 2020 is a grandiose international worldwide exposition that is being held every five years in different world locations. It is a huge, spectacular event lasting for almost half a year and bringing together thousands of people from all around the globe in one place. This year it will be held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Almost every world country takes part in this exhibition and showcases its brightest and striking features. The Expo 2020 Dubai will gather millions of visitors who will have the extraordinary opportunity to experience different countries’ cultures and history in one place.
In this year’s Expo 192 countries will take part to celebrate their uniqueness and share their art, technologies, innovations, inventions, and other achievements with the world.
Visitors and participants will be enjoying the ability to connect with each other, gain knowledge, share their thoughts, and of course, have fun. Every day in The Expo 2020 will be filled with various performances and live shows while countries will showcase their features in pavilions.
Themes and subthemes at Expo 2020
Every World Expo is defined by its main theme and several subthemes to leave a lasting impact on humanity and which are the main indicators for countries in preparation for the exhibition. This year’s main Expo theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Thus, the focus will be on youth by highlighting the potential of young people and the new generation’s ability to create a bright future.
The concept of the exhibition will also be shaped by three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Opportunity stands for opening the potential of people and their countries. Mobility is to develop a smarter physical and virtual movement of individuals and their ideas. And finally, there is a Sustainability subtheme, which encourages maintaining respect for nature and living with it in perfect harmony.
Site development of The Expo 2020 Dubai started in March 2016 as Dubai as a host was chosen in November 2013. The site itself is located in Dubai South district and spans 4.38 square kilometers. This location provides easy access to major UAE airports and cruise terminals.
The center of The Expo 2020 Dubai will be at Al Wasl Plaza and guests will be encouraged to start their tour from this place. Many performances and shows will take place here as well as it will be full of various interactive art and technology installations.
There will be three thematic areas based on subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Each will be filled with pavilions from different countries, thematically related to the theme and chosen subtheme. There will be a number of exhibitions and interesting content as well as spaces for performances, art galleries and installations.
The Expo 2020 Dubai guests will have an opportunity to enjoy food from various cuisines around the globe. They will be delighted by around 200 restaurants, rest and children’s play areas. For guests’ convenience, there will also be plenty of accommodation and transport in and around the area.
A bit of history
This is the first time in history when the World Expo is being hosted by the Arab nation and the first time it is being held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. The first one was organized in 1851 in England, London, and the last took place in 2015 Italy, Milan. Its theme ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’ was also closely related to ecology and sustainability; however, it focused on nutrition and food.
World Expos have been held since 1937. They constantly change and evolve, but have never lost their relevance and main purpose. World Expos are being managed by The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), although every country is responsible for their pavilion in the Expo. These mega-events
are related to such spectacular works as Eiffel Tower in Paris, typewriter, and many others.
Lithuania first presented itself at the World Expo in 1900, when the exhibition was held at the Trocedaro Palace, Paris. While still being part of Tsarist Russia, Lithuania’s preparation for the Expo was difficult and led by the world Lithuania community. Lithuania’s stand imitated an authentic village hut. Pictures of country’s leaders, prohibited press, and national clothes were demonstrated there as well as historical, ethnographic and economic maps.
Officially Lithuania participates in World Expos since 1937. From independence until now our nation never missed one and took part in 13 of them.