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Video: UAE leaders inaugurate Al Wasl Plaza at Expo 2020 site… 15 Amazing Structures Originally Built for World’s Fairs

“Should make an EXPO video, showing all the structures and architecture, unveiled at World Fairs, from around the globe… … LIKE THE INTRO TO GAME OF THRONES!” 😆

Anyhoo…

Video: UAE leaders inaugurate Al Wasl Plaza at Expo 2020 site

Wam
Last updated on January 30, 2020

(Expo 2020)

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, inaugurated Al Wasl Plaza, the heart of the Expo 2020 Dubai site, on Wednesday.

Also see: Al Wasl Plaza inaugurated

They said that under the leadership of the President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the UAE has consolidated its status as a leader in the global arena. The country is a perfect host for Expo 2020, which will promote optimism and hope and inspire people to work towards achieving positive change and a better future.

“We will celebrate the accomplishments of the last 50 years. Thanks to the efforts of UAE citizens and residents, as well as all those who have contributed to its success and prosperity, Expo 2020 will mark the start of new 50-year phase of leadership and achievements,” Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid said.HH Sheikh Mohammed@HHShkMohd

Today, my brother Mohamed bin Zayed and I launched Al Wasl Plaza at the Expo 2020 Dubai site. The giant dome will be the heart of the Expo site that will bring together 192 countries. 38,000 employees are working round the clock to organize the world’s largest show. We are ready.

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“We are working to implement our vision as part of our comprehensive development plan, whose key objective is the happiness of people. Our efforts are backed by initiatives and projects aimed at maximising the energy and talent of our people and creating new opportunities for them. We work with all countries and governments keen to promote the prosperity and wellbeing of humanity. In a few months, the world will gather in this place to celebrate the cultures of various nations across the world and humankind’s best innovations. Expo 2020 will offer new hope for creating a better tomorrow both for the region and the world.”

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said: “Through Expo 2020, we will show the world how our union was the starting point for our development journey, and how our founding fathers established the robust foundations necessary for sustainable development and progress. We will also have an opportunity to demonstrate how the spirit of collaboration is embedded deep in our national ethos and serves as a means for progress and development. The world will also be able to better understand the achievements we have accomplished in the short period since our nation’s foundation, and will learn about our traditions and heritage, our diversity and our experience of peaceful coexistence.”

Their comments came during their visit to the Expo 2020 Dubai site. Accompanying them on the visit were Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of the Dubai Executive Council; Sheikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai; Sheikh Tahnoun bin Mohammed Al Nahyan, Ruler’s Representative in Al Ain Region; Lieutenant-General Sheikh Saif bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior; Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs; and other leaders and officials.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid and Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed were briefed about Al Wasl Plaza and the preparations to welcome the 192 participating countries and millions of visitors to Expo. They were also briefed on the various phases of Expo completed in 2019, including major construction projects at the site. – Wam

15 Amazing Structures Originally Built for World’s Fairs

MARISA LASCALAJuly 28, 2013 10:00 AM

Some of the world’s most enduring landmarks (perhaps you’ve heard of the Eiffel Tower?) were originally constructed for a World’s Fair. We look back at 15 of our favorites.

Built by Sir Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition in 185, the Crystal Palace marked the greatest span of glass on a building at that time. The building was later destroyed by a fire.
Crystal Palace, LondonBuilt by Sir Joseph Paxton for the Great Exhibition in 1851, the Crystal Palace marked the greatest span of glass on a building at that time. The building was later destroyed by a fire.
One of the most famous landmarks in the world was, at the time of its construction for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, also the tallest building on earth, at 1,063 feet high. Before its opening, plans for the structure were met with scorn. Notable artists, including Guy de Maupassant and Paris Opera architect Charles Garnier even signed a letter in Le Temps that called it a "dizzyingly ridiculous tower dominating Paris." Still, Gustave Eiffel, an engineer by trade, persevered, and on the day of its opening he climbed the 1,710 stairs himself to unfurl the French flag at the summit.
Eiffel Tower, ParisOne of the most famous landmarks in the world was, at the time of its construction for the 1889 Exposition Universelle, also the tallest building on earth, at 1,063 feet high. Before its opening, plans for the structure were met with scorn. Notable artists, including Guy de Maupassant and Paris Opera architect Charles Garnier even signed a letter in Le Temps that called it a “dizzyingly ridiculous tower dominating Paris.” Still, Gustave Eiffel, an engineer by trade, persevered, and on the day of its opening he climbed the 1,710 stairs himself to unfurl the French flag at the summit.Courtesy tour-eiffel.fr
Designed by and named after Czech engineer František Křižík, the electrically illuminated Křižíkova Fountain was the centerpiece of the 1891 General Land Centennial Exhibition held in Prague, which was then part of Austria-Hungary. Today, the Fountain is equal parts attraction and stage. As the backdrop for a 6,000-person amphitheater, it hosts dance performances, classical concerts, and other events.
The Křižíkova Fountain, PragueDesigned by and named after Czech engineer František Křižík, the electrically illuminated Křižíkova Fountain was the centerpiece of the 1891 General Land Centennial Exhibition held in Prague, which was then part of Austria-Hungary. Today, the Fountain is equal parts attraction and stage. As the backdrop for a 6,000-person amphitheater, it hosts dance performances, classical concerts, and other events.Wikimedia Commons/Jan Vilimek
Many cities repurposed their World's Fair buildings into museums, including San Francisco (the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre), Saint Louis (the Saint Louis Art Museum), and Philadelphia (the Please Touch Museum). Chicago's Greek-inspired Palace of Fine Arts, one of the few remaining buildings from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, has housed two museums: The Field Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry, which has been there since it opened in 1933.
The Palace of Fine Arts, ChicagoMany cities repurposed their World’s Fair buildings into museums, including San Francisco (the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre), Saint Louis (the Saint Louis Art Museum), and Philadelphia (the Please Touch Museum). Chicago’s Greek-inspired Palace of Fine Arts, one of the few remaining buildings from the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, has housed two museums: The Field Museum of Natural History and the Museum of Science and Industry, which has been there since it opened in 1933.Courtesy Chicago History Museum
More than 3,000 water jets and 4,000 lights create a practically infinite number of displays in the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Architect Carles Buïgas, who'd previously worked with illuminated fountains, came up with the idea to add dancing water to the colorful display; more than 3,000 workers were commissioned to the creation before the opening of the Great Universal Exhibition in 1929. In the ’80s, music was added to the show, which you can still watch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in the summer, and Friday and Saturday nights from October to April.
The Magic Fountain of Montjuïc, BarcelonaMore than 3,000 water jets and 4,000 lights create a practically infinite number of displays in the Magic Fountain of Montjuïc. Architect Carles Buïgas, who’d previously worked with illuminated fountains, came up with the idea to add dancing water to the colorful display; more than 3,000 workers were commissioned to the creation before the opening of the Great Universal Exhibition in 1929. In the ’80s, music was added to the show, which you can still watch on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights in the summer, and Friday and Saturday nights from October to April.Copyright: Ajuntament de Barcelona – Hàbitat Urbà
Treasure Island, sitting underneath the Bay Bridge, was built to celebrate the opening of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, which coincided with the 1939 World Fair.
Golden Gate Bridge, San FransiscoTreasure Island, sitting underneath the Bay Bridge, was built to celebrate the opening of the Bay Bridge and the Golden Gate Bridge, which coincided with the 1939 World Fair.Courtesy Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District
Inspired by the dawn of the Atomic Age, engineer André Waterkeyn designed a structure for Expo ’58 based on an iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times: the Atomium. Each of the nine interconnected spheres is about 60 feet in diameter, and the highest rises to more than 300 feet. Today, the Atomium still houses an exhibition dedicated to the expo, in addition to other rotating installations and a restaurant with panoramic views on the eighth level.
The Atomium, BrusselsInspired by the dawn of the Atomic Age, engineer André Waterkeyn designed a structure for Expo ’58 based on an iron molecule enlarged 165 billion times: the Atomium. Each of the nine interconnected spheres is about 60 feet in diameter, and the highest rises to more than 300 feet. Today, the Atomium still houses an exhibition dedicated to the expo, in addition to other rotating installations and a restaurant with panoramic views on the eighth level.© www.atomium.be – SABAM 2012
The blueprints for the 605-foot-tall Space Needle were so precisely planned that, when it opened, the rotating restaurant could revolve using only a one-horsepower motor. Since the 1962 World’s Fair, the technology has been refined so that the SkyCity restaurant needs only a 1 ½-horsepower motor to turn in a circle. The tower also boasts an observation deck and events space, with shops down below.
The Space Needle, SeattleThe blueprints for the 605-foot-tall Space Needle were so precisely planned that, when it opened, the rotating restaurant could revolve using only a one-horsepower motor. Since the 1962 World’s Fair, the technology has been refined so that the SkyCity restaurant needs only a 1 ½-horsepower motor to turn in a circle. The tower also boasts an observation deck and events space, with shops down below.Courtesy Seattle Center
Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in New York City has hosted two World’s Fairs: one in 1939 and one in 1964. And those fairs boasted many impressive landmarks, including the 610-foot-tall Trylon spire and the “UFOs” of the New York State Pavilion. But the Unisphere is one of the most well-known—and longest-lasting. Designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke, the steel sphere was, at the time, the largest globe ever constructed, rising 140 feet and weighing 900,000 pounds (including its base). Today, it’s still an icon of the city; try spotting it from your plane when landing at LaGuardia.
The Unisphere, New York CityFlushing Meadows–Corona Park in New York City has hosted two World’s Fairs: one in 1939 and one in 1964. And those fairs boasted many impressive landmarks, including the 610-foot-tall Trylon spire and the “UFOs” of the New York State Pavilion. But the Unisphere is one of the most well-known—and longest-lasting. Designed by landscape architect Gilmore D. Clarke, the steel sphere was, at the time, the largest globe ever constructed, rising 140 feet and weighing 900,000 pounds (including its base). Today, it’s still an icon of the city; try spotting it from your plane when landing at LaGuardia.Unisphere, 1964. Collection Queens Museum of Art; courtesy Fred Tannery
Built by R. Buckminster Fuller for the 1967 World Fair, the Biosphere is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, on Saint Helen's Island. Since 2007, the building has been an environmental museum, focusing on water, climate change, and sustainability.
Biosphere, MontrealBuilt by R. Buckminster Fuller for the 1967 World Fair, the Biosphere is located at Parc Jean-Drapeau, on Saint Helen’s Island. Since 2007, the building has been an environmental museum, focusing on water, climate change, and sustainability.
Like a giant disco ball in the sky, the 266-foot-tall Sunsphere beckoned visitors to the World's Fair in 1982. It was constructed out of 360 panes of glass (about 14,000 square feet of glass overall—much less than London’s Crystal Palace a century earlier) and laminated with a gold-dust-filled vinyl, which gave the sphere its color. Today, the Sunsphere is a place for one of the cheapest dates in Knoxville—there's no charge to take the elevator to the observation deck. And, if the date goes well, the Sunsphere can also be rented out as a location for weddings.
The Sunsphere, KnoxvilleLike a giant disco ball in the sky, the 266-foot-tall Sunsphere beckoned visitors to the World’s Fair in 1982. It was constructed out of 360 panes of glass (about 14,000 square feet of glass overall—much less than London’s Crystal Palace a century earlier) and laminated with a gold-dust-filled vinyl, which gave the sphere its color. Today, the Sunsphere is a place for one of the cheapest dates in Knoxville—there’s no charge to take the elevator to the observation deck. And, if the date goes well, the Sunsphere can also be rented out as a location for weddings.Courtesy Knoxville.org
Looking like a cross between a sailboat and the Sydney Opera House, Canada Place serves many purposes. Not only was it the home of the Canada Pavilion during the Expo '86, it’s also now a convention center, a hotel, an office building, a cruise-ship terminal, a retail center, and a promenade (and its "sails" light up at night). Last year, the site hosted a festival for Canada Day that featured 30 bands on three stages.
Canada Place, VancouverLooking like a cross between a sailboat and the Sydney Opera House, Canada Place serves many purposes. Not only was it the home of the Canada Pavilion during the Expo ’86, it’s also now a convention center, a hotel, an office building, a cruise-ship terminal, a retail center, and a promenade (and its “sails” light up at night). Last year, the site hosted a festival for Canada Day that featured 30 bands on three stages.Courtesy Canada Place
Standing more than 300 feet tall, South Korea's Hanbit Tower was designed to recall Cheomseongdae, an ancient Korean astronomical observatory, though what surrounds it is decidedly more modern. The site of the fair still operates as the Expo Science Park, which houses an IMAX dome theater, simulation rides, and a an electric energy pavilion. The observation deck in the Hanbit Tower gives a bird's-eye-view of all the park's attractions.
Hanbit-Tap (Tower of Grand Light), South KoreaStanding more than 300 feet tall, South Korea’s Hanbit Tower was designed to recall Cheomseongdae, an ancient Korean astronomical observatory, though what surrounds it is decidedly more modern. The site of the fair still operates as the Expo Science Park, which houses an IMAX dome theater, simulation rides, and a an electric energy pavilion. The observation deck in the Hanbit Tower gives a bird’s-eye-view of all the park’s attractions.Courtesy of KTO NY
Located right on the prime meridian and in the home of Greenwich Mean Time, London's Millennium Dome fittingly resembles a clock, with 12 yellow masts sticking up out of a gleaming white "face". (Project director Mike Davies was into astronomy, so the number 12 also references the months of the year and constellations in the zodiac.) Architects at the Richard Rogers Partnership took a beating in the press when it opened as part of the nationwide Millennium Festival, partially because of political posturing surrounding the project, but residents today still visit the Millennium Dome—rebranded the O2 Arena—to see concerts. It also hosted basketball and gymnastic events during the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.
The Millennium Dome, LondonLocated right on the prime meridian and in the home of Greenwich Mean Time, London’s Millennium Dome fittingly resembles a clock, with 12 yellow masts sticking up out of a gleaming white “face”. (Project director Mike Davies was into astronomy, so the number 12 also references the months of the year and constellations in the zodiac.) Architects at the Richard Rogers Partnership took a beating in the press when it opened as part of the nationwide Millennium Festival, partially because of political posturing surrounding the project, but residents today still visit the Millennium Dome—rebranded the O2 Arena—to see concerts. It also hosted basketball and gymnastic events during the 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Games.Sergio Pitamitz/CORBIS
Like other World's Fair structures, the iconic China pavilion of the 2010 Expo has taken on a second life as an art museum—a really, really big one. The China Art Palace has more than 160,000 square meters of exhibition space covering five floors. One of the Expo highlights, "Along the River During Qingming Festival," a digitally animated rendering of an ancient scroll, is still on exhibit within.
The China Art Palace, ShanghaiLike other World’s Fair structures, the iconic China pavilion of the 2010 Expo has taken on a second life as an art museum—a really, really big one. The China Art Palace has more than 160,000 square meters of exhibition space covering five floors. One of the Expo highlights, “Along the River During Qingming Festival,” a digitally animated rendering of an ancient scroll, is still on exhibit within.

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