Expo 2020 Dubai kicks off with fireworks, famous people, and a falcon-like Calatrava pavilion

Expo 2020 Dubai, the first non-specialized World’s Fair held in the Arab world and the first major Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) expo to be postponed, is now underway in the Persian Gulf-hugging emirate. Located in the south of Dubai near a border shared with Abu Dhabi, the 1,000-plus-acre Expo 2020 site has emerged from a sprawling stretch of barren desert as a self-contained, transit-linked mini-city master-planned by HOK with Arup and Populous and bookended by a trio of monumental carbon-fiber entry gates designed by Asif Khan.

Themed Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the six-month global event with a $7 billion price tag formally kicked off late last week

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