The experience of visiting “Expo 2020 Dubai” provides an unusual opportunity, through which the event succeeded in integrating the past and future of mankind in a realistic site, where artifacts, classified as human treasures, meet in its pavilions as the oldest skeleton dating back to more than 3.2 million years, and the oldest alphabet known to mankind, with bullet train whose speed is over a 350 km/h, triple farming models, and ultra-fast transport capsules.
Many aspects related to the human heritage in the fields of construction, arts and folk foods draw a humanistic painting that is striking in its originality and only a few meters away from the virtual beach, as well as the model of energy towers and self-driving hydrogen cars that rarely meet in a painting in one place.
A tour of the exhibition pavilions
The Ethiopian pavilion displays a replica of the oldest human skeleton called “Lucy”, estimated to be 3.2 million years old. This discovery in northeastern Ethiopia in 1974 rewrote the history of human evolution, indicating that the region qualifies to bear the title of “The Cradle of Humankind.”
The Egyptian pavilion recalls the pharaonic civilization that dates back to more than 7,000 years. The pavilion displays a real pharaonic sarcophagus belonging to the ancient Egyptian priest “Psamtik”, the golden mask of King “Tutankhamun”, and many artifacts that are classified as human treasures.
For its part, the Syrian pavilion displays a replica of the “Ugarit” alphabet, which is agreed upon as the first alphabet in history dating back to about 1400 BC, in addition to the oldest musical notation discovered in the world.
The Italian Pavilion displays a 3D replica of Michelangelo’s sculpture “David”, produced using one of the largest 3D printers in the world. Visitors can also watch a live demonstration of the making of the ancient Inca bridge in the Peru Pavilion, and digital pages of ancient Timbuktu manuscripts in the Mali Pavilion.
The Vatican Pavilion revealed three historical manuscripts that are more than 500 years old, first time taken out of the Vatican Library to appear to the world during the international forum “Expo 2020 Dubai”. They include a “Gregorian” calendar that was used to determine the Gregorian calendar, in addition to two papers dating back to the House of Wisdom in Baghdad. Their importance lie in their survival after the destruction of the House of Wisdom school by the Mongols in 1258, and the burning of all manuscripts and books, in addition to a manuscript that unveiled the Arabic numerals that are used as symbols to express numbers.
Inventions and innovations
On the other hand, Expo 2020 Dubai did not hesitate to perform its mission as one of the most important platforms for discovering inventions and innovations in the world, as the number of inventions was revealed during the first month of the global event, which amounted to about 26 inventions that “Expo 2020 Dubai” foresaw the future of mankind in many issues and sectors.
The announced inventions included 3 German inventions, to manufacture water pumps, solar coolers, and a self-driving electric jet plane, and 3 Italian inventions, which included an atomic clock, a space drilling machine, and direction-changing propellers, and 3 Chinese inventions, which included a self-driving model car, a system « Beidou satellite navigation, and the bullet train, which travels at a speed of 350 kilometers per hour.
The event recorded 3 Emirati inventions, including sustainable city homes, a compressed air train, the experience of cultivating the desert using salt water and fish waste, two Ukrainian inventions, the production of “nano” smart wheat, the fastest electric car in the world, and a Czech invention, the “Sour” system for water production from the air, a British invention, a “robot” to teach future engineers, and a Kenyan invention represented in desalinating water using solar energy.