Dubai World Expo 2020: A Youth-Centric Analysis of Mega Events and their Preliminary Influence on Sustainable Development

Sahera Bleibleh, Boshra Hassan, Aya Mousa, Rouda Alneyadi

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Abstract

The Dubai World Expo 2020 was a spectacular six-month mega-event, offering a multitude of continuous activities, events, forums, and various cultural experiences. Unrevealing the lessons learned from this extraordinary event requires comprehensive and in-depth studies. This research delves into the impact of the Dubai World Expo 2020 on the perceptions of young people regarding sustainable development and the challenges involved in its achievement. The primary objective is to identify the consequences of such development on cities, focusing on aspects like career paths, networks, attractiveness, identity, and innovation, from the perspective of future leaders. To achieve this, a qualitative case study approach is employed, utilizing interviews and observations as investigative tools. Additionally, the literature review encompasses an exploration of previous mega-events and secondary sources that provide insights into youth visits to such events. Through this review, the intertwined relationship between space and people in future development is established. The outcomes of this pilot study contribute to a better understanding of youth engagement in sustainable planning as a participatory approach shaped by recent developments. Furthermore, the study aligns with the UAE’s vision of involving youth in national development, embracing the SDG’s 2030 agenda through various initiatives such as peace institutions, economic development, innovation, engagement, environmental preservation, and social empowerment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResilient Planning and Design for Sustainable Cities
EditorsFrancesco Alberti, Paola Gallo, Abraham R. Matamanda, Eric J. Strauss
PublisherSpringer Nature
Pages51-59
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)9783031477935
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event7th International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, UPADSD 2022 - Florence, Italy
Duration: Sept 13 2022Sept 15 2022

Publication series

NameAdvances in Science, Technology and Innovation
ISSN (Print)2522-8714
ISSN (Electronic)2522-8722

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Urban Planning and Architectural Design for Sustainable Development, UPADSD 2022
Country/TerritoryItaly
CityFlorence
Period9/13/229/15/22

Keywords

  • Architecture
  • Dubai World Expo 2020
  • Mega-events
  • Sustainable development
  • UAE
  • Youth

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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