Greater than 1,200 years in the past, whereas Europe was in its Darkish Ages, the Muslim world was dominated by a dynasty of Islamic leaders who embraced free thought and creativity from all corners of the globe. By no means earlier than had historical past witnessed such cultural openness and symbiosis as in the course of the reign of the Abbasid Caliphs.
They constructed the world’s first college, named it Bayt Al Hikma (‘Home of Knowledge’), and crammed its library with the best cultural, scientific and literary creations recognized to mankind.
As early because the ninth century, below the Caliph Al Mamoun, Baghdad had grow to be the world’s capital of science and tradition. Town was famend for embracing all races and religions. It grew to become a magnet for intellectuals, free thinkers and innovators from East and West. Its individuals developed a ardour for gathering collectively the entire fruits of mankind’s quest for happiness. This celebration of human creativity flourished for greater than 5 centuries and set the stage for the European Renaissance.
Trying on the Center East and its challenges as we speak, it’s tempting to assume again to that golden age of Islamic tradition with wistful nostalgia for a faraway time. However Al Mamoun’s imaginative and prescient is greater than historical historical past. It is usually an answer for the current and the longer term — a mannequin that we’re actively rebuilding, proper now.
My very own nation — the United Arab Emirates — stands the place it stands as we speak as a result of since our inception now we have given the utmost precedence to the human thoughts. Our land has at all times been a secure harbour for nice thinkers. Now we have welcomed progressive minds and given them the liberty to create. By working collectively, hundreds of specialists and specialist from the UAE and all over the world have inbuilt Dubai the world’s tallest skyscraper, the most important artifical islands, the most important automated metro community and the third largest airline on this planet. In our capital Abu Dhabi, they constructed the world’s largest carbon-free metropolis, full with superior analysis amenities for renewable power. Nice creative and cultural minds are collaborating to construct an enormous cultural and creative metropolis full with the best worldwide museums.
Now we have been constructing on an concept that’s greater than 1,000 years outdated. At the moment we wish to lengthen this imaginative and prescient to a world degree. We wish to host Expo 2020 — a worldwide occasion by which the cultures, improvements and creations of the world will meet in Dubai. We wish to welcome greater than 25 million individuals throughout six months, to allow them to see the perfect of what the human thoughts can obtain throughout cultures and races. We wish to host the best minds on this planet to share progressive options for international challenges that can not be handled in isolation.
Expo 2020 will carry collectively skilled thinkers to share ingenious methods to cope with urgent points similar to power and water. Nice minds may even come collectively to share sensible options for transportation, sustainability and international financial stability.
Once we proposed to host the world’s largest cultural occasion, we promised to astonish the world. At the moment we pledge to breathe life into our slogan: we’ll carry minds collectively for a greater future.
We proposed to host this worldwide occasion in 2020 to ship three essential messages.
Our first message is to inform the world that the Center East just isn’t a area of battle, battle and stress. Its historical past and geography show that this can be a area the place cultures, civilisations and innovation can meet and flourish. Initiatives similar to Expo 2020 are a chance to revive this function by taking part in host to the world, speaking positively and overtly with its various cultures, accepting and embracing concepts and interacting with all individuals. We’re on the coronary heart of the world. Two thirds of the world’s inhabitants reside lower than eight hours away. We’re destined to be a gathering level for mankind and a melting pot for cultures and civilisations that can present humanity with superb improvements and creations.
Our second message is to the individuals of our area who’re uninterested in battle and stress. We inform them that now we have a tradition, a faith and a language in frequent: if communication amongst completely different cultures can result in a greater future, think about what it might do for us with all our commonalities. Now we have been making an attempt for greater than six a long time to speak and work together positively inside our area. We endeavour to unite minds, after which borders; to the touch collectively our hearts earlier than bearing on financial pursuits, and to unify our collective will earlier than unifying our currencies. Now we have at all times wished to determine connections, actual connections, to construct a greater future for the individuals of our area and its youth particularly. It’s time for our area to revive its function in historical past and civilisation. Our historical past and our tradition have destined us for greatness, and our future ought to showcase this future.
Our final message is to the governments representing the 166 nations that can vote subsequent November to decide on the successful host nation for Expo 2020. We inform them that our area deserves the possibility to organise this nice world exhibition, that our nation is able to host it, and that we’re dedicated to staging the perfect Expo in historical past.
We’re grateful to the nations that introduced their help to us; and to the individuals of the world our message is that of affection and peace. Our slogan will at all times be that connecting minds creates a greater future.
It’s a slogan of which Caliph Al Mamoun would have been proud.