Team shortlist15 Oct 2017 AT 03:54 PM

This one-day event will give you a taste of Dubai’s Expo 2020

This is what you can expect to see
Team shortlist15 Oct 2017 AT 03:54 PM
This one-day event will give you a taste of Dubai’s Expo 2020

It’s not unfair to say that the excitement generated by Dubai’s successful bid to host Expo 2020 was accompanied by a general, if rarely stated, confusion about what an Expo actually is – and what people would see if they decided to check out its purpose-built home beyond Jebel Ali.

Well, the organisers are hoping to offer up some clues this Friday with a special pop-up preview on The Beach at JBR. This free afternoon-to-evening event will help shed more light on what an Expo is all about, as well as start the countdown for the final three years before it opens.

In addition to music, food stalls and a fitness challenge, there will also be a sneak peak of the Expo 2020 plans – and all surrounded by special activities based on innovations first revealed at an Expo. These include the zipper, the television, the gramophone, the hamburger and even the edible ice cream cone.

There’s also an “Expo-vation” on the beach, where the discovery of the jewellery that inspired the Expo logo will be recreated.

Zipper
First seen at: 1893 World Exhibition in Chicago
A zipline across the beach will help mark the birth of this clothing fastener by inventor Whitcomb Judson – which was originally designed for shoes.

Ferris Wheel
First seen at: 1893 World Exhibition in Chicago
The Dubai Eye will provide a striking backdrop – and provide a reminder of the innovation Expos foster.

TV set
First seen at:
1939 World Fair in New York
A giant TV set will broadcast talks with social media personalities inspired by Expo’s themes of sustainability, opportunity and mobility.

Phonograph 
First seen at:
1878 Paris Exposition Universelle
A giant record player will act as a DJ booth and stage for Kris Fade and the team to host the event.  

Ice cream cone
First seen at:
1904 World Exhibition in St Louis
The Beach will host an ice cream piazza to celebrate the first edible cup for ice-cream, which was improvised by Syrian waffle vendor Ernest A Hamwi to help another vendor.

Fast food
First seen at:
1904 World Exhibition in St Louis
More new American foods were invented at the 1904 World’s Fair in St Louis, Missouri, than during any other single event in history.

When: Friday, October 20, 4.30pm-10pm
Where: The Beach, JBR

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