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After a year's delay but with all the more anticipation, the World Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, welcomed its first visitors from home and abroad on Friday. The premiere showcase of ideas, ingenuity and invention of its kind in the Arab world was not to be missed by the 200 exhibitors - states (191), organisations, groups and companies. It will close its gates after half a year, on 31 March 2022.

Although the unpredictable coronavirus pandemic took care of the one-year postponement, most of the pillars of the national presentation called the Czech Dream have withstood. This is especially true of jewel number one.
We'll also show off what the Czechs are best at.
They call it the Solar Air Water Earth Resource (S.A.W.E.R.), colloquially “the sawik“. It grabs moisture from the surrounding air and is supposed to conjure up up to 800 litres of water a day. A rarity in the hot desert.
With five Czech patents and innovations, scientists from the University Centre for Energy Efficient Buildings at the CTU and their colleagues from the Academy of Sciences were at the cradle. "They will create an oasis even in the dunes. The water produced will sprinkle the gardens around the pavilion, actually an artificial oasis," says Lenka Maršálková, marketing and communications manager for the Czech participation in the EXPO.
Something to build on
According to Jiří František Potužník, the general commissioner of the Czech participation, a piece of our homeland will also boast what the Czechs are among the best at.
"The company Průša Research will present a new generation of its 3D printers on the first day of the exhibition and the Brno University of Technology's robotic arm, which uses sand and degradable bioplastic from waste fats. And thirdly, 3D printing will be demonstrated by IQ Structures, which can create structures at the level of nanofibres," he told the media.
The Heart of the Pavilion grows out of a spring here - steel capillaries let cool water run down and over glass embryos, growing through the walls and creating a cloud shielding visitors and the garden. Jan Dostal's creation has become the largest hand-formed stainless steel sculpture in the world.
Visitors ascend to the first floor past a giant luminous installation by LASVIT, designed by Maxim Velchevsky. The exhibit Golden Rain was born from metal fibers and glass and merges traditional glassmaking with modern technology.
Where it cooks well, it thrives
The menu of the national restaurant which is run by Gastro Group and whose exclusive partner is Plzeňský Prazdroj, will include beef cheeks on red wine, beef goulash with potato pancakes and Karlovy Vary dumplings, lamb shank or duck leg confit with red cabbage and Karlovy Vary dumplings.
Before the pandemic, the organisers were counting on 25 million guests to visit the EXPO. A one-day ticket will cost about 580 crowns, a 30-day ticket will cost 1,200 crowns.
Adults not vaccinated against covid19 will only be able to come with a negative result of a coronavirus test. The PCR test will not be allowed to be older than 72 hours. People with an already purchased ticket will be able to get tested on site for free. Visitors will need to wear masks and keep a safe distance.
Osaka, Japan will invite the world to the next World Expo in 2025. The EXPO will return there, having first hosted it in 1970. The number of visitors then - 64 million - beated only Shanghai in 2010 with 73 million.


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Source: - Vladimír Plesník