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Expo 2020 will commemorate the UAE’s 50th anniversary

Expo 2020 Dubai is a global cultural carnival, but how much do you know about the hosting country? If you’re planning a trip around the world in the UAE and are curious about the first Middle Eastern country to host a World Expo, you’ve arrived at the perfect place. Expo 2020 falls on the 50th anniversary of the United Arab Emirates’ founding on December 2, 1971.

Expo is pulling out all the stops for a month, from now until December 4, to color the venue with site-wide events, inviting you on a remarkable journey of discovery. Learn about the UAE’s rich heritage through unique crafts and design collections, visit the UAE Pavilion, the largest pavilion on grounds among 192 countries, and dine at prominent local cafes.

Are you up for it? Here’s a day-by-day schedule of everything you can do during your stay to commemorate the fast-approaching Golden Jubilee. Make sure to read up on five things we suggest you should have on your person for a smooth travel to Expo 2020 Dubai before you go. Most pavilions have huge lines, so using your Smart Queue system on your ticket is the key to avoiding them.

The falcon-in-flight building, which is located in Al Forsan Zone near to Al Wasl Plaza, is difficult to miss. The UAE Pavilion is protected by a large wingspan of 28 wings that open and close at different times during the day. This raptor is so essential that it even takes up the majority of the UAE’s national emblem.

Learn about the Arabian Peninsula’s famed falconry tradition, which spans back over four millennia. Falcons not only assisted in desert hunting, but they also established a culture of comradeship, patience, and honor that is still practiced today.

Inside, you’ll be taken on an elevating platform surrounded by audio-visual presentations that will take you through another symbolic practice in the country: pearl diving.

 

Pavilion of Vision

In the Sustainability District, the Vision Pavilion traces Dubai’s past, present, and future. Take a walk down memory lane with the United States. There’s even a 52-ton marble bust of a legendary horse with realistic light projections that comes to life.

Purchase contemporary Emirati handicrafts.

MENASA – Emirati Design Platform, located on the ground floor of the Rove Expo 2020 hotel, near to Al Wasl Plaza, is your one-stop shop for cultural shopping. Clay, safeefa (palm frond weaving), talli (embroidery), sadu (bedouin weaving), gargour manufacturing (wire-crafted fish traps), pearl diving, and coffee making are just a few of the traditional crafts represented.

The Emirati design and crafts collection encompasses homewares, apparel, jewellery, and lifestyle products, all reinterpreted through a contemporary viewpoint.

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