Award winning British artist to design UK’s Stephen Hawking inspired pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

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Updated 28 September 2018

Award winning British artist to design UK’s Stephen Hawking inspired pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020

  • The pavilion will showcase an innovative and creative design highlighting the UK’s expertise in artificial intelligence and space sector
  • Details of the pavilion were unveiled on Thursday in the latest project announced for the global trade show

DUBAI: Award-winning British artist and designer Es Devlin will design the United Kingdom’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
The pavilion will showcase an innovative and creative design highlighting the UK’s expertise in artificial intelligence and space sector.
Details of the pavilion were unveiled on Thursday in the latest project announced for the global trade show.
Devlin is known for creating stunning large-scale performance sculptures for artists like Kanye West and Beyonce that fuse technology and poetry. Devlin has also created installations including the interactive Fifth Lion sculpture installed in London’s Trafalgar Square.
Inspired by Stephen Hawking, the Expo 2020 platform will be an illuminated sculptural message, aiming to offer the Expo’s anticipated 25 million visitors a unique experience.
“The idea draws directly on one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, ‘Breakthrough Message’, a global competition that Hawking and his colleagues conceived in 2015 inviting people worldwide to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet, should we one day encounter other advanced civilizations in Space,” Devlin said.

Each visitor will be invited to contribute to the sculptural message, she added.
“What if the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 became a place where visitors from all over the world chose to take part in a collective global project that showcases British expertise in A.I. technologies and poetry while transcending national identities?”
Britain’s International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox MP said: “The quality of design proposals we received for the UK pavilion were testament to the UK’s world leading creative talent and I’m confident that Es Devlin OBE and the team will help us take advantage of this unique opportunity to showcase the very best of British to a truly global audience.”
The World Expo in Dubai is set to start from 20 Oct. 2020 to 10 April 2021.
Najeeb Mohammed Al-Ali, Executive Director at Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau, said their focus is on empowering individuals and communities to create opportunities that help shape a better future.
“The UK Pavilion will be an intriguing platform for people to learn, have fun and work together to discover innovations and explore new frontiers in areas including space and Artificial Intelligence – echoing Expo 2020’s theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’” he said.

 


Palestinians say receive Israeli part-payment of overdue taxes

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Palestinians say receive Israeli part-payment of overdue taxes

  • On Monday Abbas fired all of his advisers amid a financial crisis in the occupied West Bank
  • Israel in February decided to withhold around $10 million a month

RAMALLAH: The Palestinian Authority, in deep financial crisis since Israel froze tax transfers in February, said Thursday it had accepted a partial payment of just over half a billion dollars.
“An agreement was reached a few days ago with the Israeli side for transferring duties on oil and fuel which the Palestinian Authority bought in Israel to the amount of around two billion shekels ($568 million, 512 million euros),” Civil Affairs Minister Hussein Al-Sheikh told AFP.
Israel in February decided to withhold around $10 million a month from revenues of some $190 million per month it collects on the PA’s behalf, triggering Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas to say he would accept either all or nothing.
The deduction corresponds to what Israel says the PA paid Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails, or their families.
Prisoners who have carried out attacks on Israelis are among those receiving the payments, and Israel says the policy encourages further violence.
Abbas accused Israel of blackmail and insisted on the full amount, which accounts for around 65 percent of PA revenues.
The money comes from customs duties levied on goods destined for Palestinian markets that transit through Israeli ports.
On Monday Abbas fired all of his advisers amid a financial crisis in the occupied West Bank that has prompted deep salary cuts.
Palestinians view prisoners as fighting against Israel’s occupation and say the tax funds support families that have lost their main breadwinners.
The PA has cut salaries for most of its tens of thousands of employees by half to keep the government afloat.
On top of the tax dispute with Israel, the US has cut hundreds of millions of dollars in aid to Palestinians via various programs.