The Emirati-designed Expo Live Pavilion in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opportunity District is aiming to inspire millions of visitors to become change-makers by showcasing the social innovators, supported by Expo Live.
A human-focused experience, The Good Place was designed by Ahmad Abdulrahman Bukhash, founder of Dubai architecture practice Archidentity and a UAE national.
Its design was inspired by the traditional Bedouin tent where a pivotal 1968 meeting took place between the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the late Sheikh Rashid bin Saeed Al Maktoum.
The objective of that meeting, which led to the birth of the UAE in 1971, was to achieve a common vision and a sustainable future for their people.
This concept has been embraced by Expo Live, Expo 2020’s global innovation and partnership programme that finds, funds and supports creative and innovative solutions with the aim of improving people’s lives, preserving the planet, or both.
Expo Live runs the Innovation Impact Grant Programme (IIGP), which is so far supporting 120 global innovators with guidance, exposure and grants of up to $100,000, and the University Innovation Programme, which has to date supported 46 teams of students in the UAE with grants of up to AED50,000 to help develop their solutions.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, introduced Expo Live as a new concept to World Expos during the bid stage in 2013, entrusting Expo 2020 with $100 million to support innovations and ideas from across the globe.
Ingenious ideas supported so far include WheeLog, a Japanese accessibility app that provides wheelchair users with barrier-free information; Peru-based Café Compadre which uses solar power to produce good quality, sustainable coffee in the jungle; and Kenya’s Kidogo, a social enterprise offering high-quality, affordable early childcare and education in the slums of Nairobi.
Yousuf Caires, senior vice president, Expo Live, Expo 2020 Dubai, said: “Through the stories of our Global Innovators, ‘The Good Place’ will look to trigger a change in all who visit – inspiring ordinary people to do something extraordinary by joining a programme that empowers those who are bold and ready to make a difference.
“The pavilion’s visitor experience is a journey that mirrors the trajectory of Expo Live – from a promise made to find, fund and support positive change to a truly global community of entrepreneurs united in the belief that social innovation can come from anywhere, to everyone.”
The largest event ever held in the Arab World, Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a platform for international collaboration, innovation and meaningful partnerships that help create a better future for everyone on the planet. It will run for six months from October 20 to April 10, 2021.