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The Russian capital has prepared a program that reveals its potential in the field of modern technology, culture, gastronomy and tourism.

A large-scale exposition dedicated to Moscow has opened in the Russian pavilion as part of the World Universal Exhibition in Dubai. It presents the key development programs of the city, technological innovations and unique experience in a variety of areas – from culture and gastronomy to entrepreneurship and tourism. At the same time, the capital will present a cultural program with the participation of world famous artists. It includes concerts, theatrical performances, film screenings, art projects and a gastronomic festival.

Among the planned events are performances by the famous Moscow Virtuosi orchestra, which has conquered the largest music venues in the world, the Helikon-Opera theater, a regular participant in prestigious international festivals, the orchestra conducted by Igor Butman, one of the best jazz orchestras of our time, which in 2018 represented our country at the main jazz event of the planet All-Star Global Concert.

An important area for modern Moscow is creative industries. The city creates all the conditions for their development. We are talking about infrastructural, financial, consulting and educational support, assistance in promoting products, and so on. The capital’s creative sector of the economy employs 1.1 million people – about 15 percent of all working Muscovites. Not so long ago, the first creative technopark, the Artplay design center, appeared in Moscow. Several more creative spaces are considered as future creative technology parks.

Leading Moscow designers will present the creative potential of the capital at the Expo – their fashion collections reflect the latest trends and are becoming more and more in demand in foreign markets. The Moscow Film Festival is also waiting for guests. It will show iconic Russian films of recent years, in which the city is a full-fledged hero of the plot.

Another striking project – the Moscow Gastronomic Week festival – will remind you of the recent presentation of the Michelin guide to the Russian capital. Moscow became the first city in the CIS, whose restaurants were featured in an authoritative gastronomic guide.

The Moscow exposition in Dubai will run for a month – until December 20. And cultural events will continue until the exhibition closes in March next year, said Natalya Sergunina, Deputy Mayor of Moscow. According to her, the diversified program will acquaint international guests with the modern vector of development of the Russian capital and will contribute to the promotion of the city’s application for the right to host Expo 2030.

“Moscow submitted its application to host Expo-2030 in the spring, becoming the first candidate city. We have every chance to host the World Universal Exhibition. We have both the experience and resources to hold such a large-scale event at the proper level. The program in Dubai is a kind of presentation of the opportunities and multi-vector development of modern Moscow, it emphasizes our competitive advantages. By the way, let me remind you that Russia has never hosted the World Exhibition, although it has been participating in it since the very first one, which took place in London in 1851, ”said

Natalia Sergunina

The World Universal Exhibition is the largest international exposition that brings together achievements in the field of science, technology, architecture and art. It is held every five years and is open to the public for six months. The legacy of such exhibitions has become, for example, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the National Palace in Barcelona.

Traditionally, this event gathers more than 100 participating countries and millions of visitors from all over the world, so the investment in its organization pays off in full. And besides, additional jobs are created even at the stage of preparation for the Expo.

Who will host Expo 2030 will be announced in June 2023. Together with Moscow, Rome, Odessa, Busan and Riyadh apply for the exhibition.

“For the capital, holding an event of this scale and level will have a positive effect on the development of international business cooperation, infrastructure, culture and tourism, attracting investment,” added the head of the Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovative Development of the city.

Alexey Fursin

For a month and a half since the opening of the World Exhibition, the Russian pavilion has already been visited by more than 500 thousand people. In total, it is expected that the expositions at Expo 2020 will be visited by more than 25 million guests in six months. This is comparable to the annual tourist attendance in Moscow before the pandemic.

The topic of Moscow’s application for holding Expo-2030 is “Progress of mankind. A common vision of a harmonious world ”. The leading positions of the Russian capital in terms of digitalization and the development of modern technologies are in the best way possible to meet the stated topic. The city is home to more than 130,000 technology companies and is ideal for showcasing scientific and technological advances in a wide variety of fields.

In recent years, Moscow has built a powerful ecosystem for innovators. It includes technoparks with all the necessary infrastructure, educational and acceleration programs, industry competitions, and a pilot innovation testing program. The Moscow Innovation Cluster (MIC) has combined all the main elements of the ecosystem. Among its participants and partners are more than 30 thousand organizations from Moscow and 80 more regions of Russia. Within the MIC there are 11 cross-industry clusters specializing in developments in the field of artificial intelligence, medicines, motor sports and others.

Moscow can also offer guests and countries participating in Expo 2030 a unique cultural, educational and event program. In addition to technological leadership, the capital of Russia is also a center of historical heritage. There are over 10 thousand historical monuments in Moscow – more than in Rome. The city ranks second in the world for the number of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

There are hundreds of theaters, museums and galleries in Moscow. Before the pandemic, the capital hosted about 270 cultural events a day. In 2019, more than 1.5 thousand exhibitions were held alone.

A single tourism ecosystem has been created and is actively developing in the Russian capital, an important part of which is the digital travel service Russpass. It started operating in July 2020. Since then, all regions of Russia have joined it. With the help of the service, you can plan an individual route, purchase ready-made tours, plane, train or museum tickets, and book a table in a restaurant. The project website has an interactive map with information on the main attractions. In early October 2021, the service’s mobile application was launched. It is available in three languages: Russian, English and Spanish.

Especially for Expo 2020 in Dubai, the authors of stands of international forums and expositions in the Moscow Kremlin Museums and the Hermitage made a bas-relief with the iconic buildings of the capital. In addition, the author’s video art and musical accompaniment have been created – visitors to the pavilion will not only find out what the Russian capital is living and proud of, but also how it sounds. For example, you can hear the chiming of the Kremlin chimes, the singing of birds, the noise of the metropolis.

The exhibition is based on video art, which creates the atmosphere of a constantly changing city. Visitors will also find a virtual trip “Flight over Moscow”, during which one can see the capital from above.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article is a translation. Apologies should the grammar and or sentence structure not be perfect.

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