Meet Dubai Expo 2020's mascots: three flying robots, a symbolic ghaf tree, and two Emirati siblings
26 September 2019| Last updated on 29 September 2019
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.
As the first-ever world expo held in the Middle East and Africa, Dubai Expo 2020 represents a milestone for the nation.