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I recently had the opportunity to travel to Dubai and experience some of the tours we are offering in conjunction with our EXPO 2020 packages. One of these is our popular Dune Bashing Tour, which takes place in the afternoon and evening. Our driver, Abdul, picked me up at my hotel in the 4X4 we...
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Elevators have been around since the time of Ancient Rome. Archimedes was building them in 336 B.C., and gladiators and animals rode lifts to the Roman Coliseum arena by A.D. 80. These were simple open platforms with hoists operated by people or animals, or sometimes water wheels. One of the earliest known passenger elevators was...
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Expo 2015 was the first World Exposition centered around food. The theme, “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life”, was twofold; to showcase international food culture and also to address deeper concerns such as sustainability and food security worldwide. Some countries used the event to promote tourism through traditional cuisine, while others demonstrated innovative technologies related...
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The big news from the International Space Station this week is that astronauts will soon be able to bake cookies in space.  As exciting as that will be for the astronauts, another much more significant milestone took place recently; the arrival in space of the first astronaut from the UAE! Hazza Al Mansouri went to...
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In his speech to  the International Electricity Congress at the 1900 Paris Exposition, Russian scientist Constantin Perskyi  coined the word “television”.  Thirty- nine years later, another World’s Fair introduced television to the world at large. Early television images were transmitted using a mechanical system, such as a rotating disk with holes in it, or a...
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Work on Lady Liberty began in 1875. Bartholdi enlisted the help of architect and mentor Eugène Viollet-le-Duc  and began fabricating the right arm bearing the torch, as well as the head.  It had been arranged that the French would pay for construction of the statue and Americans would pay for the pedestal.  But not everyone...
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In 1855, a young French sculptor named Frederic Auguste Bartholdi visited Nubian monuments at Abu Simbel in Egypt. He became fascinated by the gigantic colossus figures which guarded the tombs and set about learning how they were constructed. When the Egyptian government expressed their intention to build a lighthouse at the new Suez Canal, Bartholdi...
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The World’s Fair: Columbian Exposition (named for  Christopher Columbus),  was held in Chicago in 1893. Designed as a miniature city, there were fourteen main “great buildings” centered around a giant reflective pool called the Grand Basin. The stucco neoclassical buildings were painted a soft shade of white and bathed in light at night, giving rise...
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The Paris International Exposition of 1889 celebrated the 100th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille. The theme, “The French Revolution”, was possibly meant to be twofold: commemorating the past while trumpeting France’s “revolutionary” industrial prowess to the world.  However, the theme choice raised eyebrows among some European monarchs. There was a notable increase in...
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The last Expo of  the 20th century,  the 1998 Lisbon World Exposition, was a  specialized World’s Fair held in Portugal’s capitol city. The theme, “The Oceans, a Heritage for the Future”, was chosen in part to commemorate 500 years of Portuguese exploration and discovery.  The Oceans building was one of several pavilions showcasing that theme. ...
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