From contactless flying to sustainable mobility: Expo’s Travel and Connectivity Week touches key themes as finale nears

From contactless flying to sustainable mobility: Expo’s Travel and Connectivity Week touches key themes as finale nears

DUBAI, 14 January 2022 – Sustainable tourism, contactless flying, digital connectivity strategies and Expo-backed innovators transforming lives have all been headline themes across Travel and Connectivity Week, Expo 2020 Dubai’s latest Theme Week, which wraps up this coming Saturday (15 January). From Sunday (9 January), the Theme Week – the latest in a series of 10 throughout Expo’s 182-day run – has convened leading industry figures, innovators and policymakers around digitalisation and connectivity as a universal human right and force for good in a changed world. National connectivity strategies defined conversations…

Switching to hydrogen, renewable energy and electric vehicles will drive transport decarbonisation in smart cities, say experts at Expo 2020 panel

Switching to hydrogen, renewable energy and electric vehicles will drive transport decarbonisation in smart cities, say experts at Expo 2020 panel

DUBAI, 14 January 2022 – The challenge of reducing carbon emissions can be tackled, to a large extent, by a gradual shift to hydrogen, renewable energy and electric vehicles, said experts at a panel on ‘The Future Decarbonisation of Transportation in Smart Cities’, held at Expo’s Terra – the Sustainability Pavilion today (14 January). But it is equally important to change people’s mindsets towards using personal cars, the panel, held as part of  Travel & Connectivity Week, concurred. Dr Haile Rajamani, Engineering Programme Director, University of Wollongong in Dubai, referred…

Multidisciplinary art can be a force for good, hears Russia Pavilion event

DUBAI, 14 January 2022 – Contemporary multidisciplinary art allows artists to be bright, visible, accept new challenges and bring fresh energy to a variety of spaces, concluded artists and experts gathered at the Russia Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai on Friday. Joining the ‘Art: Present and New Tendencies’ session virtually, Pokras Lampas, modern calligraphy artist and creator of #calligrafuturism Movement took the audience on a visual tour of his work around the world, from a calligraphy artwork spread on a rooftop in Moscow, which is visible from Google Earth to the…

Music producer Satori delivers the powerful sounds of Serbia and the Balkans at Expo 2020 Dubai

Music producer Satori delivers the powerful sounds of Serbia and the Balkans at Expo 2020 Dubai

PhDUBAI, 14 January 2022 – International music producer Satori rocked Expo 2020 Dubai’s Jubilee Stage in an energetic show Friday with a global set that featured powerful vocals from Serbian singer Milica Majstorović, who joined him on stage. The collaboration brought together some of the most prominent musicians in the field of traditional music from Serbia and the Balkans, showcasing the story of the fascinating heritage of the Neolithic Vinča culture through modern electronic interpretations. Satori’s set also combined vocal samples from Bosnian signer Amira Medunjanin and Macedonian Romani vocalist…

Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio showcases diversity at Expo 2020

Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio showcases diversity at Expo 2020

DUBAI, 14 January 2022 – The famed Italian multi-ethnic group, Orchestra di Piazza Vittorio, which has brought together musicians from all over the world, showcased diversity in action during a performance on Friday at Expo 2020’s Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre. The orchestra’s lively, fast-paced repertoire had the audience swaying and clapping to the Latino groove. The group comprises mainly immigrants living in Rome and was founded in the city’s Esquilino district 20 years ago. Over the  years, it has created a line-up of more than 100 musicians from Tunisia, India, Argentina, Cuba,…

‘Al Qantara’ music and multimedia show entertains  Expo 2020 visitors on Portugal National Day

‘Al Qantara’ music and multimedia show entertains  Expo 2020 visitors on Portugal National Day

DUBAI, 14 January 2022 – Expo 2020 visitors were treated to entrancing rhythms at the Jubilee Stage as Portugal celebrated its National Day with a music and multimedia show named, ‘Al Qantara’, which showcased Portuguese cultural influences in the world. An original song, ‘Al Qantara’, which means ‘Bridge’ in Arabic, premiered at the concert.  It was composed by Teresa Salgueiro, one of the biggest names on Portugal’s entertainment scene, who performed several other numbers. She was joined by Marta Pereira da Costa on the Portuguese guitar, the country’s only female…

Dish of the day: Some of the most exotic and unusual menu items on offer at Expo 2020 Dubai’s restaurants

Dish of the day: Some of the most exotic and unusual menu items on offer at Expo 2020 Dubai’s restaurants

DUBAI, 15 January 2021 – Horse meat at the Kazakhstan Pavilion, Hiyashi Chawanmushi (cold egg custard) at the Japan Pavilion, Portuguese poultry sausage balls, antioxidant-rich feijoa smoothies at the New Zealand Pavilion and prized caviar from Sweden are among the most unusual, not-to-be-missed dishes at Expo 2020 Dubai. Adrift Burger Bar Fans of salted caramel would do well to round off their dining experience at Adrift Burger Bar with the chocolate and miso caramel dessert, an indulgent dessert with saltiness added from miso paste, which heightens the dessert with umami,…

Pandemic highlights crucial role of private sector in achieving Global Goals

Pandemic highlights crucial role of private sector in achieving Global Goals

DUBAI, 15 January 2022 – The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the important role companies large and small play in achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), says the UN Global Compact, a co-curator in the upcoming Global Goals Business Forum taking place during Global Goals Week, which kicks off on Saturday. Alexandra Tarazi, Senior Manager, Global Operations, UN Global Compact, said: “We are very cognisant of the fact that companies are at varying levels of maturity when it comes to incorporating sustainability into their operations. Currently there is no [minimum]…

Loeb Takes Fight to the Finish as BRX Close in on Dakar History

Loeb Takes Fight to the Finish as BRX Close in on Dakar History

Team eyes record as first to complete world’s toughest rally on sustainable fuel Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Sebastien Loeb’s pursuit of a first Dakar victory will continue for at least another day as Bahrain Raid Xtreme close in on another piece of rally history in Saudi Arabia. By the end of today’s 375-km tenth, the nine-times World Rally Champion and co-driver Fabian Lurquin in a BRX Prodrive Hunter had reduced Nasser Al Attiyah’s overall lead to 32 mins 40 secs. While it will require a major drama on one of the two remaining…

GCC Consumer Sentiment Remains Relatively Unaffected by Global Pressures on the Economy, Business, and Employment Says New DA Report

GCC Consumer Sentiment Remains Relatively Unaffected by Global Pressures on the Economy, Business, and Employment Says New DA Report

Dubai, United Arab Emirates GCC consumer confidence in the economy, business, and employment in December declined 1.2%, down to 65.3% from 66.5% in November UAE consumer confidence declined 1.8% month-on-month in December to 76.2% from a series high of 78% in November The Sila Consumer Sentiment Index, produced and developed by D/A, utilises AI technology to measure consumer confidence amongst Arabic speaker According to the latest research by leading consumer intelligence platform, D/A, owners of Sila, an Arabic-native, AI-enabled consumer intelligence platform, despite a general decline in net positivity across all…