By Mohammed Siddiq M., Abu Dhabi, UAE\n\n\n\nDubai: With only a year left to begin, the Expo 2020, that is to be hosted by Dubai with the theme, \u201cConnecting Minds, Creating the Future\u201d, and subthemes, Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability, is on track with its construction in full swing. It is scheduled to commence from the 20th of October, 2020, and will go on for another 6 months from there until the 10th of April, 2021. The World Expo is a worldwide event that is held every 5 years, for 6 months, in a city voted for by 170 member nations of the Bureau International des Exposition (BIE), the intergovernmental organization that regulates and oversees World Expos. The first World Expo was held in London, in the year 1851.\n\n\n\nFirst Arab nation to host World Expo\n\n\n\nDubai was voted as the host of the World Expo on the 27th\nof November, 2013, by 164 member nations of the BIE after competing against\nBrazil, Turkey, Russia, and Thailand to become the first Arab nation to do so.\nThe Expo 2020 will be the first World Expo to be held in Middle East, Africa,\nand South Asia (MEASA). The work on the Expo 2020 began in March, 2016. It is a\n7 billion Dollar project that is expected to create 2,00,000 job opportunities\nwith 40% of them being in the travel and tourism sector. \n\n\n\nHaving kept \u201cSustainability\u201d as one of its subthemes,\nDubai has ensured that it lives up to it. More than half of the electricity\nthat will be used during the event will be generated by wholly renewable\nresources. Moreover, more than 90% of the materials used in permanent\nconstruction on the site will be reused or repurposed in the legacy buildings\nand infrastructure. \n\n\n\nThe Expo 2020 site spans over an area of 4.38 square km\nand comprises of 192 country pavilions. More than 25 million visitors are\nexpected to attend the event for whom over 1,00,000 hotel rooms have been\nopened. With the coming up of an event with such a massive visitors turnover,\nexpecting an increase in flights, tourism, retail, and transportation would not\nbe wrong. Moreover, an increase in all these aspects would invariably lead to\nan increase in the GDP, which would perpetually lead to stability in the\neconomy for which Dubai has been eagerly waiting for since the 2008 recession.\nAs per a report published by Barclays, 10.5% growth in the GDP is expected by\nthe end of the Expo 2020.\n\n\n\nMoreover, the Expo 2020 site will have a metro station\nof its own that will be capable of transporting 36,000 passengers per hour.\n\n\n\nLast month, the final piece of the Al Wasl dome, the host of performances from A-list global performers\nand other major celebrations, on key international occasions such as New Year\u2019s\nEve, Diwali and Chinese New Year, had been successfully lifted into place after\nmonths of planning and a complex construction plan. The dome weighs well over\n550 tonnes and has a size as big as 7,24,000 cubic meters and is 67.5 meters\ntall, which is higher than the Leaning Tower of Pisa. The dome had to be\nprecisely positioned on the top of the vertical trellis, with a margin of error\nof only 3mm. \n\n\n\nThe process of crowning the dome on top of the built structure involved more than 1 million man hours, 800 engineers in order to monitor and guide the process, and 18 hydraulic jacks for lifting the dome. The preparations for making the process a success began 14 months ago on the 26th of June, 2018, keeping in mind the fact that they had only one shot for getting it right.\n\n\n\nChairman of Expo Dubai 2020\n\n\n\nSheikh Ahmad Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Expo\nDubai 2020 Higher Committee, said: \u201cThe crowning of the Al Wasl dome is a significant\nlandmark not just for Expo 2020 Dubai but for the whole of Dubai and the UAE.\nThis new architectural marvel joins a long list of inspiring designs that our\ncountry has created through collaboration, sheer hard work and the unending,\nambitious vision of our leadership and people. It is another example of what\nthe nation can do when it combines all its talents to such formidable purpose.\u201d\n\n\n\nAhmad Al Khatib, Chief Development and Delivery\nOfficer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said, \u201cIt was the most exhilarating day of my entire\ncareer. We had one chance to get this right\u201d.\n\n\n\nNow, with the biggest construction task of the Expo\n2020 accomplished, the site is expected to be complete by the end of this year.\n\n\n\nThe Expo 2020 will also coincide with the UAE\u2019s 50th\nNational Day, which only means that massive celebrations are on its way.