Richie Santosdiaz is a UAE-based economic development advisor with a professional focus and personal passion for internationalisation and wider topics around international business.

An overview of Horticultural Expos and Expo 2019 Beijing

An overview of Horticultural Expos and Expo 2019 Beijing

How the wider horticulture sector and Expos in general highlight the importance of the industry, the challenges and future opportunities.

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Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability - blending the UAE’s preparation for Expo 2020 with its economic trajectory

Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability - blending the UAE’s preparation for Expo 2020 with its economic trajectory

It is impressive to grasp the economic growth the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been through in a short amount of time and to see the current economic development across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), like in Saudi Arabia and Oman.

The UAE has not only chosen its theme to showcase to the world in October 2020 (when Expo 2020 Dubai will commence) but in practice, the country is already living and breathing it. “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” – this is the theme of Expo 2020 Dubai. Specifically, the World Expo has three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

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Expo Voices: From Chicago to Dubai – knowing an Expo legacy, seeing an Expo in the making

Construction on the site of Expo 2020 Dubai

The 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago is often referenced as one of the most successful Expos in history. Its theme celebrated the 400th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the Americas. Particularly for those from Chicago, including myself, it is unanimously considered that the Expo left a positive legacy in our great city.

Having recently moved to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), seeing Dubai prepare for Expo 2020, both on a professional level with my work in economic development and internationalisation, as well as on a personal level, I see some immediate similarities between Chicago’s legacy of Expo 1893 and Dubai’s upcoming Expo 2020.

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