Expo 2020 Dubai invites world to ‘welcome the future’

Building on Expo 2020’s theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ the campaign amplifies the message that everyone on the planet has a contribution to make.
Updated 01 April 2019
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Expo 2020 Dubai invites world to ‘welcome the future’

Expo 2020 Dubai unveiled on Sunday its latest global marketing campaign, called “Welcome the Future.” Celebrating humanity’s many achievements and calling on the world to come together to create a better future, the video-led campaign is an open invitation for all to join Expo 2020 on its journey, with the clear message: “We’re not done yet” in making progress.

Building on Expo 2020’s theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the campaign amplifies the message that everyone on the planet has a contribution to make.

Expo 2020 will host 190 participating countries, each of  which will showcase its innovations, cultures and aspirations. Millions of visitors also will experience world-class architecture such as the Sustainability Pavilion and Al-Wasl Plaza, taste authentic cuisines from around the world, and enjoy more than 60 live performances a day. 

Sanjive Khosla, deputy chief visitor experience officer, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “We’re excited to launch our first global campaign and to inspire the world to visit Expo 2020. This campaign reflects the positive and progressive spirit that has made the UAE the special hub for innovation and collaboration that the world has come to know.

“Expo 2020 Dubai continues to build on that spirit and will give millions of people from all over the world a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what tomorrow will bring and to be part of creating a better future. We are inviting the world to ‘welcome the future’ while experiencing the extraordinary at the same time.”

Offering a journey of discovery through interactive exhibitions, live shows and entertainment, engaging discussions and educational forums, visitors will be challenged and inspired to become change-makers and be part of creating a sustainable future for generations to come. 

The marketing campaign reflects this voyage of human discovery using compelling cinematic visuals and slam poetry narration.

Between Oct. 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai expects to record 25 million visits, with 70 percent of visitors to come from outside the UAE — the highest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos. There will be more than 200 international participants, including 190 nations, businesses, non-government organizations and educational institutions. 

The expo site covers a total area of 4.38 square kilometer and is located adjacent to Al-Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.

Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to take place in the MEASA (Middle East, Africa and South Asia) region. 

World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organization responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions. Today, four types of expos are organized under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialized Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.


SADAFCO program highlights importance of milk

Updated 22 April 2019
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SADAFCO program highlights importance of milk

Saudia Dairy and Foodstuff Company (SADAFCO) recently launched a Kingdom-wide awareness program across public and private schools. The program aims to educate students about the importance of milk as an easy and nutritious solution to support their active lifestyles and nurture growth.

Under the slogan “Healthy Eating Equals Better Health,” SADAFCO will collaborate with trained educators who will visit primary schools to talk about the importance of milk for children’s health and bodies. The program will run until the end of April and aims to reach at least 500,000 girls and boys.

“We acknowledge the nutritional challenges children commonly face, especially in the Middle East, where obesity rates are reported to be more than 50 percent,” said Gabriel Predescu, marketing manager at SADAFCO. “Students in primary schools are generally very active and as a result, their nutritional needs are very high. That’s why, at SADAFCO, we believe that this program will be instrumental in demonstrating the importance of milk in a healthy balanced diet and allow the kids of today to contribute to the development of this great nation.”

In order to encourage students to participate in the program, SADAFCO is also holding an online competition, where the students draw the benefits of drinking milk and share their drawings on social media. Fifty winners will be rewarded with new bicycles from SADAFCO. 

“Milk is recognized as being one of the most nutritious liquid foods available. It contains 14 out of the 18 nutrients humans need, including vitamins, proteins, fats, sugars and carbohydrates,” said Sara Alshehri, event and social media manager at SADAFCO. “We made sure to deliver the message to the students using their language and in an entertaining manner to boost healthy habits among them.”

SADAFCO is a publicly listed company producing dairy and foodstuff products under the Saudia brand name since 1977, a year after the company was formed. Saudia enjoys being one of the market leaders in the Kingdom in the production of tomato paste, ice cream and milk.

Based in Jeddah, SADAFCO operates sales and distribution depots in 24 locations across Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Jordan and Kuwait. Saudia products are also exported to several countries in the MENA region.