From Museums to Mars: Why 2020 will be a Milestone Year for the UAE
With a number of mega projects and events lined up for 2020, the United Arab Emirates aims to make 2020 a remarkable year. Stay prepared, as there will be many new attractions and skyscrapers to explore and look forward to.
Expo 2020 Dubai
Held under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 Dubai is set to be held from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021. the event will host 192 country pavilions and will attract millions of visitors from all around the world. This will be the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region, and Dubai promises to make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Emirates Mars Mission – Hope Probe
The UAE will become the first Arab country to explore another planet, and the ninth country to contribute to the discovery of the Martian atmosphere. The Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) plans to launch the Hope Probe into orbit around mid-July 2020, and it is expected to reach Mars orbit in the first quarter of 2021, coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UAE.
Museum of the Future
Dubai’s iconic Museum of the Future, adorned with Arabic calligraphy, is expected to open its doors to the public in September 2020. The museum stands as a visionary hub for visitors to experience new innovations and technologies. Although it is currently under construction, the museum’s design has already won awards.
Mohammed bin Rashid Library
The much-anticipated Mohammed bin Rashid Library is expected to be open to the public in 2020, although the official opening date is yet to be announced. The library, which has a unique design resembling an open book, will be the biggest in the region and will house over 4.5 million books.
Adding to Dubai’s skyline, Ain Dubai will be the world’s tallest Ferris wheel. Standing at a height of 250 meters, the project is expected to be completed just ahead of the Expo 2020 Dubai.
Al Qana National Aquarium
For Abu Dhabi residents and visitors, Al Qana National Aquarium is set to open in early 2020. The aquarium spans more than 7,000 square meters and will be home to 33,000 marine creatures, making it the Middle East’s largest aquarium.