Saturday 23 October 2021

Expo 2020 a playground for adventure-seeking families

DUBAI, September 14, 2021

Expo 2020 Dubai will open up a whole new world for families – a place that merges the fantasy of a vivid imagination with the reality of a world that needs everyone’s help, where children will encounter new discoveries, explore the world's ecosystems and learn important lessons about the planet and humanity.
Mascot shows featuring siblings Rashid and Latifa will welcome families to join in singalongs, dance-offs and theatrical productions that share a special message of uniting to overcome adversity, and the role that each of us can play in making that possible.
"Instrumental life lessons will be taught in an entertaining fashion – from the Mascot Immersive Show at Al Wasl Plaza that invites children to help Rashid and Latifa battle their evil arch-nemesis Mr Scrap; to the Mascot Interactive Experience that propels visitors into a new dimension, with interactive booths to create avatars to be projected onto Al Wasl’s canvas; and the Scrapyard Idol at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre – a daily music, dance and story show, with Mr Scrap trying to defeat our heroes," an Expo 2020 spokesperson said.
Rashid's Playground in Jubilee Park is an ocean-themed adventure including sharks on springs, whale slides, ocean liners and an interactive 3D maze modelled on the humpback whale.
Chief Experience Officer Marjan Faraidooni said: “Expo 2020 is a captivating place for families to connect while discovering new cultures, technologies and innovations. With inspirational exhibits where children will want to explore, play is encouraged, with learning becoming a product of their experiences. 
"It will open up a world of exciting, entertaining and educational experiences to millions of children, and is great value too, with children under 18 entering free of charge.” 
For more green space, families can head to Al Forsan Park’s interlaced network of paths that offers a mosaic of opportunities for cultural interaction and recreation, including Latifa’s Adventures in Space City, where kids can bounce over nets in the ‘zero-gravity’ chamber, leap into orbit around swings and hop aboard a replica of the UAE’s Hope Probe.
Then there is the Expo Explorer, a train that takes passengers on a sight-seeing journey while experiencing the sustainable future of transport. The Explorer may look like a classic locomotive, but it runs on compressed air, making it pollution-free.
Families can visit 191 country pavilions, such as the Luxembourg Pavilion, which sports a 21-metre-tall slide to whisk visitors down into a green, woody space that evokes the country's beautiful forests. 
At the Ethiopia Pavilion, there are traditional board and playground games, while folk tales are brought to life at the Guinea Pavilion. Experience a playground that converts kids’ kinetic energy into light at the Bulgaria Pavilion, fostering imagination and creative play, and drop by the Tonga Pavilion, where Lafi and his best friend Kaho the whale chaperone visitors through an enchanted forest.
Kids of all ages will love Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, a playful experience that brings to life the UAE and Expo 2020’s commitment to sustainability. Taking visitors through the wonders of the natural world, Terra is designed to change mindsets and encourage people to break the cycle of consumerism and will live on as a Science Centre after the Expo closes its doors.
To cater to the hungry, there are more than 200 food and beverage outlets across the Expo. The Food Truck Parks in every district cater especially well to families.
A Family Package, priced at AED950 ($258), is valid for unlimited entries for the six months of Expo 2020, from October 1 to March 31, 2022. It includes unlimited access for two parents plus a nanny, (under-18s are free) with additional benefits on food and beverage, a 25 per cent discount on five additional tickets, and an advance purchase photography voucher worth AED125.-TradeArabia News Service


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