Exhibition at Children’s City takes visitors on a futuristic journey

Fancy taking a trip to the year 2050 and knowing the challenges awaiting us? Just head to Dubai’s Children City.

By Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 24 Apr 2014, 12:14 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 5:48 AM

A first-of-its kind environment exhibition that opened at Children’s City on Tuesday to mark the Earth Day does just that.

Held under the title ‘Your Planet Needs You’, the international exhibition for children is based on the topic of ‘The Science of Survival’ which gives glimpses into the world of 2050 and explores how we will survive on a changing planet.

Hussain Nasser Lootah poses with children after inaugurating ‘The Science of Survival — Your Planet Needs You’ exhibition at Children’s City in Dubai on Tuesday. — Supplied photo

Hussain Nasser Lootah, Director-General of the Dubai Municipality, which manages Children’s City, inaugurated the environment exhibition which runs till the end of August.

“The exhibition is aimed at educating children about the importance of sustainable living in an exciting and fun-filled environment, which will focus on some of the most pressing issues of today, including global resources, climate change and our options for a sustainable future,” he said.

Salah Amiri, Assistant Director-General of the Dubai Municipality, said the exhibition is all about imagining what life will be like in the year 2050. “What will we eat? How will we travel? What kind of houses will we live in? With a changing climate and dwindling resources to deal with, we’ll need to get more creative about how we live, work and play to ensure that we and our planet survive.”

Naila Al Mansoori, head of Children City, said: “The Science of Survival: ‘Your Planet Needs You’ is a new hands-on exhibition that takes children on a journey of possibilities in the future. Accompanied by four virtual guides — Dug, Tek, Eco and Buz — the child will confront challenges like finding water in unusual places, designing a super-food, and creating the kind of neighbourhood you would want to live in.

“The visitors will discover new ideas and technologies that could make a big difference right now and in the future – like a net that collects drinkable water from fog and jeans made from sugarcane!” Al Mansoori said.

“Explore, be inspired, make decisions — and then see how your choices combine with others as your neighbourhood comes alive in Future City. The countdown to 2050 begins now!,” she said to encourage eager children.

“At the start of the exhibition you will meet Buz, Eco, Tek and Dug — your guides from the city of 2050 who have found a way to communicate with you from the future. These four will provide advice on different ways to tackle the challenges ahead and live more sustainably,” she further said.

“The exhibition is divided into sections called Drinking, Eating, Enjoying, Moving, Building and Future City which look at what we need to survive and how changing climate and resources could affect our lives. Amongst other things, you will explore new places to find water for the city of 2050, sit down to eat with other visitors and trade food for dinner, explore shopping in 2050, check out new vehicle technologies in a racing game and even design your own future home,” she explained.

“All decisions you make along the way are included in the Future City at the end of the exhibition. You will see that we all make different choices based on our different priorities and that these will have major effects on the world of tomorrow. Changing climate and resource availability mean the way we live will change, but we can make positive choices to affect our futures.”

Exhibition highlights

The exhibition features seven segments namely: Briefing, Drinking, Eating, Enjoying, Moving, Building and Future City. Guests progress through the scenarios, playing interactive games and shaping their future lives. Among the activities is Future Journey, a driving game where you pick up friends in a car you designed to run on new fuels, and take them into the futuristic city. Play the fast-paced Future Drink game and discover how we can find enough fresh water for all, then take a dive in a virtual pool. Each area offers bright graphics and appealing, easy-to-use activities allowing guests to work together to solve issues — just like in the real world.

The exhibition also offers an early, first-hand opportunity to see new inventions designed to make best use of the planet’s resources. These include the Q-drum, a rolling container that allows people to easily transport clean water over long distances; the Eglu Chicken House, a fun way to keep chicken and produce eggs in an urban garden; the Toilet-lid Sink, which reuses sink water to flush toilets; and the eCube, a low-cost device to insulate food, creating zero-energy refrigeration.

More details of the programmes are available on Children’s City’s web portal: http://www.childrencity.dm.gov.ae. There is no special entry fee for the exhibition.


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