Stunning drone footage reveals Expo 2020 site taking shape

The huge area is near completion, and here's how it looks

Stunning drone footage reveals Expo 2020 site taking shape

Expo 2020 Dubai is running on the theme of opportunity, mobility and sustainability – and it’s just 18 months away.

Fantastic drone footage shows the 438-hectare site, with transitions of buildings being formed from their foundations to concepts of the finished venues.

The video also shows Al Wasl Plaza, the centrepiece of the Expo – and a massive structure of a replica Emirati Falcon.

An expo is a world fair, bringing together hundreds of countries from across the globe – giving them the chance to share ideas and innovations with the rest of the world.

The first-ever was held in The Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park in 1851, and since then, many of history’s most famous inventions have been exhibited, including the telephone in 1876, the ice cream cone in 1904 and even a humanoid robot in Nagoya in 2005.

Back in November 2013, Dubai won the right to host Expo 2020 – becoming the first country ever in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia to do so. Fireworks exploded from the Burj Khalifa and the Burj Al Arab. A national holiday was declared for all educational institutions across the country.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, promised the city would “astonish the world”, come 2020.

And now it’s happening.

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