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November 5, 2021 6 min to read

Meet the 6 mascots at Expo 2020 Dubai | Latifa, Opti, Salama, Alif, Rashid & Terra

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World expos are known for introducing cutting-edge innovations and technology to the world. All the incredible innovations were introduced in World expos including the telephone, Heinz tomato ketchup, Eiffel tower and television. Expo 2020 Dubai also has kept the speciality of world Expos. 

It’s been 8 years since Dubai has won the bid to organize the Expo 2020 at Dubai. Now, Expo 2020 Dubai is making the headlines and setting up the benchmarks as it unleashes the technology and innovation for future world expos. 

Visitors’ experience at Expo 2020 Dubai is at its peak by introducing them to culture, current challenges, business Intelligence analytics, AI-powered virtual assistance and many more. Get introduced to the best part of the Expo 2020 Dubai, the 6 mascots to save the world and create the future by connecting minds.

Mascots at Expo 2020 Dubai

These six mascots were announced at the Expo 2020 Dubai site to the delight of hundreds of children. 

  1. Salama, The Ghaf tree 
  2. Rashid & Latifa (Two Intrepid Emirati brothers and sisters)
  3. Opti, The guardian of the Opportunity pavilion 
  4. Alif, The guardian of the mobility pavilion
  5. Terra, the guardian of the sustainability pavilion


Don’t be an adult to do a children’s job

The largest event to be held ever in the history of the Arab world has announced its mascots to save the planet earth. When the planet earth’s balance is on fate, It’s Rashid (a 9-year-old Emirati boy) and Latifa(an 8 years old Emirati girl)’s job to save the day. Under the watchful eyes of Salama, The wise Ghaf tree, It’s Rashid and Latifa’s job to save the world before it is too late.
Oh, isn’t it too tedious to manage for such a small boy and girl to save the planet that’s on the verge of sustaining many challenges?

Don’t worry!!! They are not alone in this journey. They will be supported by three guardians of three different pavilions, Mobility, Sustainability and Opportunity. Let us know them one by one to make your Expo 2020 Dubai Journey even more enjoyable. 

Salama, The wise Ghaf tree at Expo 2020 Dubai

This is Salama. one of the best mascot at expo 2020 Dubai.

The Ghaf tree is known as the national tree of Dubai. The Ghaf tree was announced as the national tree of UAE in 2008 due to its cultural, historical and environmental significance. The Ghaf tree, an evergreen, flowering tree, withstand the harsh weather and environmental conditions in the UAE. 

The leaves of trees are usually small to reduce the loss of water during evaporation. The Ghaf trees are deep-rooted trees and get water from the water table. This tree is the survival source for the ecosystem due to its evergreen ness.

Birds build their homes on the Ghaf trees. Few animals use the Ghaf tree for shelter.

At Expo 2020 Dubai, Salama, the wise Ghaf tree is there. This tall and majestic tree is on the outskirts of Expo 2020. It stands on a hill of desert and offers the best view of Expo 2020 Dubai. 

During the development, organizers decided to keep a Ghaf tree at the Expo site and to be protected against heavy construction. 

‘Salama’ represents this tree as a character and one of the 6 official mascots of this global event. Salam’s branches and leaves have been the witness of the formation of Dubai- highlighting the resilience, tolerance and stability through which the country has flourished. 

Now, it’s the time to pass this knowledge, sustainability to the next generation. Rashid and Latifa have now been tasked with discovering her ancient secrets and completing her challenges. 


Meet Rashid (a 9 years old Emirati boy) at Expo 2020 Dubai

“If you watch the star, they’ll show the story of our ancestors”

Rashid is a nine-year-old Emirati boy who is deeply concerned about the environment and loves poetry, drawing, riddles, and family tales passed down the generations. He is one of the 6 mascots at Expo 2020 Dubai.  

Rashid enjoys the beauty of nature and loves to stare at the stars in the sky and imagine himself soaring among the stars.


Say hi to Latifa (an 8 years old Emirati girl) at Expo 2020 Dubai

“If you can imagine it, then build it.”

The power of imagination is way beyond what we think. Latifa (science prodigy) is an inquisitive eight-year-old Emirati girl who dreams of becoming one of the world’s greatest inventors. She is very passionate about science and technology. It doesn’t need rocket science to be a great scientist, you can have the vision and transform it into reality. 

Latifa, The next Einstein is all set to reinvent the world around her. 

A chatty young girl who loves to play with her chemistry set and disassemble electronics to invent and experiment with new things every time. Latifa is keen to gain and share her knowledge and find opportunities to learn something new. 

She doesn’t have a word named “Impossible” in her dictionary and never says no to anything. She is always ready to take on the next challenge. 

Rashid and Latifa are two Emirati children representing the Dubai population and among 6 mascots at Expo 2020 Dubai. The remaining 3 mascots are robots irrespective of any nationality. 


Terra, the guardian of the sustainability pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai


The sustainability pavilion, one of the subtheme pavilions driven by the theme “Connecting Minds and Creating the Future” has been named after the Latin word of earth. Terra is the guardian of the sustainability pavilion. 

The sustainability pavilion is the home of Terra and she loves living here. She takes care of his home by living sustainably. Sustainability means looking after our environment today so that people in the future can enjoy the beautiful world. Nobody knows about the Sustainability pavilion better than her. Terra is the sharpest and smartest robot at the Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Put your goggles on to visit the under ocean and forest life to learn the beauty of nature in the sustainability pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. Terra is your guide at the Sustainability Pavilion. 


Alif, the guardian of the mobility pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai

The name Alif is derived from the first letter of the Arabic word. Alif is one of the 6 mascots at Expo 2020 Dubai. A blue robot, Alif is the guardian of the Mobility Pavilion. Alif represents the sub-theme of mobility. Alif has been designed to help people move from one place to another by changing its shape. Alif can fly, swim and dive. This robot signifies our never-ending relationship with technology. 

Alif’s wings are attached to a backpack that gives Rashid and Latifa the ability to fly high. 


Opti, the guardian of opportunity pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai


The name Opti is derived from the word “Opportunity”. This orange coloured robot is the guardian of The Opportunity pavilion. Opti is one of the 6 mascots at Expo 2020 Dubai. 

Opti liked to create golden opportunities for a better future for people and to make the world a better place. Opti is the friendliest robot at Expo 2020 Dubai site. He loves to chit chat with the visitors. Rashid and Latifa will be able to travel anywhere and time so that they can explore the past and the future by using the “opportunity” watch. 

These friendly mascots will make your journey amazing at Expo 2020 Dubai. I am overwhelmed while writing this, how you couldn’t? 

These mascots are there only for the duration of 6 months, one month has already passed away.

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