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While on vacation in another country, an American man saw a paralyzed woman dragging herself down the road. He went home and designed a wheelchair from a simple plastic patio chair and bicycle tires and created a non-profit that has donated over one million wheelchairs to needy people worldwide. A woman in China discovered a...
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On March 7th, Gulf News, the biggest selling English newspaper in the UAE, published a story with the headline “Expo 2020 ‘on track’ despite coronavirus”.   In light of so many other events being cancelled, both globally and locally, this was heartening news.  The fact that officials are even mentioning the Covid-19 virus this far...
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Most people know that mascots are created for the Olympic games, but did you know that World’s Fairs have their own mascots as well?  Mascots help promote World’s Fairs by engaging younger visitors. Some have proven to be so popular that they stick around for years after the Expo ends! The first mascot made his...
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Dubai International Airport is the world’s busiest in terms in international passenger traffic. With that in mind, I was expecting to be a bit flustered upon my recent arrival. However, I was pleasantly surprised.  The airport is bright and well-organized. Signs and announcements are in both English and Arabic and easy to follow, and everyone...
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The Louvre Abu Dhabi was inaugurated on November 8, 2017 by French President Emmanuel Macron, UAE Vice President Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. The museum brings the Louvre name to the first universal museum in the Arab world.  It is located in the newly...
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When I talk about Expo 2020 in Dubai, there are inevitably questions from women: “What do I wear?  Can I go out without a male escort?  Is Dubai safe?”  Seeing Dubai from a woman’s perspective was important to me, and I recently had the opportunity do so when I traveled there alone.  Dubai, a city...
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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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