Al Wasl Plaza has set the Guinness World Record for the largest interactive immersive dome at 24,038 m2
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With a new Guinness World Record, Expo City Dubai has introduced a new season of events and entertainment, including high-tech experiences, cultural festivals, new dining options and a host of sports and wellness initiatives.
On Thursday, Al Wasl Plaza, the beating heart of this futuristic and sustainable community, set the Guinness World Record for the largest interactive immersive dome, covering an area of 24,038 square meters.
Being immersive means that visitors will be able to interact with Al Wasl Dome through their mobile phones and smart devices using augmented reality (AR). One of the interactive experiences includes focusing a smart device at any point on the 360-degree projection and a computer-generated flock of birds will follow.
Laser light projection and computer-generated content elicit multiple sensory encounters, including visual and auditory.
Alwaleed Osman, official adjudicator of Guinness World Records, said: “Al Wasl Plaza is a testament to architectural excellence and a distinguished structure that resonates with those who have had the privilege of experiencing it. “Its recognition in Guinness World Records underlines the commitment of Expo 2020, and the subsequent Expo City Dubai, to innovation and excellence.”
The new Guinness World Record is not the only interesting event at Expo City Dubai. Amna Abulhoul, executive creative director of events and entertainment, said: “Al Wasl, which means ‘connection’ in Arabic, continues to bring people together and we are delighted to share details of our new experiences alongside our iconic interactive. The dome has received this prestigious recognition.
“From interactive augmented reality and a tribute to the legendary explorer Ibn Battuta, to the launch of a sustainable cafe and the return of our popular Winter City and Hai Ramadan festivities, our upcoming offerings cement our city as a hub of creativity, innovation and wellness. ”She stressed.
Creative food and drink
Also opening on Thursday was Al Wasl Plaza Café, a local brand offering Arabic fusion cuisine. Abulhoul noted that the cafe will serve as a hub for creativity and innovation as they will collaborate with Emirati chefs to create exclusive food and beverage offerings.
What makes Al Wasl Plaza Café very special is that diners can not only enjoy the food but also the ambience of dining among 32,000 floral lights in the garden.
“The cafe is one of many new food and drink establishments setting up shop in the city, from plant-based cuisine to high-end dining, and includes brand new concepts as well as the return of some old favorites. Expo 2020 Dubai,” Abulhoul added.
What to take into account
Expo City Dubai is the venue for the upcoming COP28 or the 28th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) taking place from November 30 to December 12.
One of the exciting events taking place in the run-up to COP28 includes Molécule’s -22.7°C, an artistic musical adventure taking place on 27-28 October highlighting the rapid melting of the Greenland ice.
Several changes are also taking place at Expo City as it prepares for COP28. Khaleej Times reported earlier this week that six pavilions and attractions (Terra, Alif, Vision and Women’s Pavilions, Stories of Nations and Latifa’s Adventures) will be temporarily closed for 12 days from November 18 to 29 to incorporate changes for the celebration of the COP28.
In terms of artistic activities, the Dubai Calligraphy Biennale, the first in a series of collaborations with the Dubai Culture and Arts Authority, will take place from October 21 to 28. Not to be missed are Japanese VR/NFT artist Aimi Sekiguchi and Emirati painter. photographer and sculptor Mattar Bin Lahej.
Sekiguchi will paint in the air and his creation will be instantly projected on Al Wasl Dome
Bin Lahej, popularly known as the Emirati calligrapher who engraved the words of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, at the Museum of the Future, will also participate Create a work of moving art that will come to life at Al Wasl Dome.
Music, art and fitness.
There are more events scheduled at Expo City Dubai, including the inaugural Artificial Intelligence (AI) Film Festival (AIFF) and Winter City taking place from December 8 to January 7, 2024.
Next year, Expo City will also host music, food and art festival Break the Block and the Middle East debut of electronic dance music festival Untold.
Expo City is also interested in promoting sports and physical activities, including the Dubai Half Marathon on February 4 next year and the Spinneys Dubai 92 Cycle Challenge on February 24 and 25.
Hai Ramadan will also return for the second consecutive year from March 11 to April 10, showing the true spirit of the Holy Month.