Expo 2020 sculpture .
Gulf Today, Staff Reporter
Dubai’s Public Art Programme on Sunday unveiled an enormous iridescent, oil drill-shaped sculpture for Expo 2020.
Kuwaiti artist Monira Al Qadiri along with 10 other leading artists from the UAE, the region and the world has launched the sculpture.
The other 10 artists include Hamra Abbas, Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Abdullah Al Saadi, Asma Belhamar, Olafur Eliasson, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Khalil Rabah, Yinka Shonibare and Haegue Yang.
Dubai’s Public Art Programme has planned 11 contemporary artworks which will form a creative journey around Expo 2020’s public spaces.
They will live on as part of the future city of District 2020.
The UAE’s first-ever curated permanent open-air art exhibition it will leave a lasting impact as part of the next World Expo’s legacy.
It will further boost Dubai’s position on the global cultural map.
The Art works will provide an exciting addition to the UAE’s vibrant and thriving artistic scene.
Expo 2020 is set to begin from Oct.1 and will run up to March 31, 2022.
Visitors from every corner of the globe are invited to discover a wide range of cultural and artistic initiatives dedicated to broadening horizons and bringing people.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said, "Dubai today welcomed delegates representing 173 countries and 24 international organisations at the final International Participants Meeting before Expo 2020 Dubai opens in October..."
He said that the UAE, under the leadership of President His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, welcomes all countries wishing to participate in the grand event, which serves to strengthen international cooperation towards securing a sustainable and prosperous future for all.
Relaxed travel guidelines and COVID protocols will welcome all Indian visitors whether they had tourist visas or work visas ahead of Dubai Expo 2020.
Saif Abdullah Mohammed Al Shamsi affirmed that Expo 2020 Dubai would create promising opportunities for participating countries and boost efforts being made to stimulate global economy and enhance confidence in sectors hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Also, for the first time in the history of the weekly draw, 7 Emirati second prize winners have topped the list of 22 Arab winners representing Lebanon, Jordan Syria, Egypt, Oman and Yemen.
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Lieutenant Colonel Muhammad Abdul Rahman Bin Qasmol, Acting Director of Wasit Comprehensive Police Station, honoured Ziyad Rashid Maydan in appreciation of his honesty and keenness to hand over a wallet containing official documents and a large sum of money, which he found in an area of Sharjah.