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Expo 2020 Revealed the Official Mascots and They're Adorable

Meet Dubai Expo 2020's mascots: three flying robots, a symbolic ghaf tree, and two Emirati siblings

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26 September 2019

Last updated on 29 September 2019
Expo 2020 Revealed the Official Mascots and They're Adorable

The new mascots are set to represent the vibrancy, spirit, and ambitions of Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020's mascots were revealed to hundreds of UAE school students, members of the Expo 2020 Higher Committee, and the public at the Dubai World Trade Centre on September 26. Introduced at the event through an engaging, animated short film, the official mascots - Emirati brother and sister Rashid and Latifa, Salama the wise Ghaf tree, and colourful robots Opti, Alif, and Terra - are already inspiring youth across the country.

The unveiling was made in the presence of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, at the Dubai World Trade Centre (DWTC). Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Chairman of The Executive Council was also in attendance along with Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Higher Committee, Expo 2020 Dubai; and Reem Al Hashimy, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai.

The short movie, entitled "Winds of Change", introduces the younger audience to a history of world expos.

Who are the Expo 2020 mascots?

Rashid, a boy with an affinity for poetry, riddles, and a passion for the environment, enjoys traditional family stories passed down through generations.

His sister, Latifa, is a young science prodigy who aspires to become the world's next greatest inventor. She loves playing with her chemistry kits, tinkering with electronics, and always finds opportunities to learn something new.

The two siblings are designed after real-life Emirati children, and they draw from the wisdom given by Salama, a ghaf tree based on the real-life one protected on the expo's south site and represents the values of the UAE such as tolerance, resilience, and stability.

The duo is joined by their robot pals Alif, Opti, and Terra, reflecting the expo's main themed pavilions of opportunity, mobility, and sustainability. Adventurous and inquisitive, the siblings explore all that Dubai Expo 2020 has to offer, revisit innovations revealed at previous World Expos, and journey on to follow the legacy the 2020 edition will leave - all while under Salama's watchful eye, and assisted by the guidance of the robots.

More animated films to come

Sheikh Ahmed said, “Many previous mega-events have successfully created mascots to strengthen emotional connections and bring the spirit of the event and host city to life.

“The Expo 2020 mascots have been thoughtfully created to reflect the tradition of storytelling that is core to the region, highlighting our belief that when we come together, we can achieve great things, and demonstrate how the past guides the present, which propels us to the future.

“These characters are a reflection of the knowledge of homegrown talent that is delivering an exceptional World Expo, and they speak a universal language of ambition and aspiration alike.”

The next animated shorts starring the mascot crew will be released within the next few months, with each highlighting an Expo sub-theme.

Millions of Expo 2020 visitors from over 192 countries are expected to arrive at the massive site to experience, celebrate, and explore the World's Greatest Show from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. under the main theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future."

As the first-ever world expo held in the Middle East and Africa, Dubai Expo 2020 represents a milestone for the nation.