Google Pulls out of MWC 2021, Spanish Government Grants Travel Clearance to MWC Barcelona Attendees

Google Pulls out of MWC 2021

Google, one of the top global tech companies, joins the list of global companies to pull out from this year’s Mobile, World Congress – One of the top mobile exhibitions. This decision from Google comes not long after the MWC 2021 organizers opted to continue with the initial plan for an in-person event in July 2021. Attendants are supposed to present a negative Covid-19 test within 72hrs of attendance. Among other cautionary measures include a touch-less environment and compulsory wearing of a nose mask at all time.

Following our current COVID-19 travel restrictions and protocols, Google has decided to not exhibit at Mobile World Congress this year. We will continue to collaborate closely with GSMA and support our partners through virtual opportunities. We look forward to this year’s activities and seeing you in Barcelona in 2022.


Googles absence will be hugely felt at this years MWC. With usual attendee figures of about 100,000 people attend the weeklong, Google usually takes a significant space at the Fira convention centre, Barcelona. Google joining the likes of Nokia, Facebook, Oracle, Sony, Ericsson, which other company might sit out in the coming months ahead.

2021, MWC Barcelona offers a hybrid option for all attendees to visit in-person or virtually. The Spanish government has extended privileges to all MWC participants, providing clearance for all exhibitors and sponsors in addition to registered attendees. Those who wish to make the trip to Spain will first need to register with the GSMA, and the GSMA will share the necessary travel information directly with the Spanish Government. However, virtual attendees can access live exhibition by buying a pass during the online registration.  

2021 MWC is scheduled for June 28- July 1st after the organizers postponed it last year due to covid19.

Source: The Verge, Forbes, Cnet

Dubai ready for World Expo 2020

Dubai demonstrates its preparedness to host a successful Expo 2020. The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region, Dubai readies to fully open its doors to the world later this year, after safely and successfully welcoming more than 100,000 visitors to experience Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion.

Taking to Twitter on 14th April 2021, the UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed said: “We reviewed the preparations of the biggest event. 10 years of building, 230,000 workers, 190 participating countries, and only 170 days for its beginning. We are ready to welcome the world for Expo Dubai 2020.” Prior to this statement, Marjan Faraidooni, Chief Experience Officer, Expo 2020 Dubai also said: “As we continue to navigate this period of unprecedented change, we are delighted to have offered the UAE community the chance to preview the Sustainability Pavilion, demonstrating our unwavering commitment to bringing the world together and finding answers to our most pressing challenges.

“Supported by our world-class partners, we have showcased our readiness to safely welcome the world and host a global event that not only excites and inspires but also serves as a unique opportunity for humanity to come together in a spirit of optimism, hope and shared purpose.”

The UAE, new strategy to attract talents and cadres that will support the UAE’s development ambitions, a new policy to increase the export of the UAE by 50% with tax amendment yet to be approved by the cabinet.

“We reviewed the preparations of the biggest event. 10 years of building, 230,000 workers, 190 participating countries, and only 170 days for its beginning. We are ready to welcome the world for Expo Dubai 2020.”

UAE Vice-President Sheikh Mohammed

The most anticipated world expo will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

2020 UEFA Football Championship

Covid19 did put a halt on large gathering. Football, passion for many across the globe wasn’t spared the hit.

Countries adopted measures to cope with covid19 dynamics by with no fans in stadium matches. The 2020 UEFA European Football Championship, to be held in 12 cities in 12 UEFA countries. It will be a one-off set up celebrating the 60th anniversary of the competition. 

The championship was originally scheduled to take place from 12 June to 12 July 2020. On 17 March 2020, UEFA announced that the tournament would be postponed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Europe, and proposed it take place from 11 June to 11 July 2021, which was confirmed on 17 June 2020. The tournament retained the name “UEFA Euro 2020”.

The tournament will reach its pick with semifinals scheduled on the 6th and 7th of July and the final game on July 11th 2021. Both semifinal and final games will take place in London.

UEFA is currently assessing the AntiCovid readiness of each destination to approve each destination and amount of spectators. 

  • Wembley Stadium – London, England
  • Allianz Arena – Munich, Germany
  • Stadio Olimpico – Rome, Italy
  • Olympic Stadium – Baku, Azerbaijan
  • Krestovsky Stadium – Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Arena Nationala – Bucharest, Romania
  • Johan Cruyff Arena – Amsterdam, Holland
  • Aviva Stadium – Dublin, Ireland
  • San Mames – Bilbao, Spain
  • Puskas Arena – Budapest, Hungary
  • Hampden Park – Glasgow, Scotland
  • Parken Stadium – Copenhagen, Denmark

Glasgow and Dublin games could be moved to England.

One question on the minds of a lot of football lovers is will fans be allowed at the stadium?

With the ever-changing landscape of the virus, UEFA expressed the need to have Fans at the stadium, hence games will be a move to countries if fans cant is at the stadium. Mostly home fans will be permitted. However, concerning travel fans are subject to border controls of respective countries. Very limited travel fans will be permitted to watch the games live in the stadium.

Source: SKY Sports

Shanghai Auto 2021

From April 21 to 28, the National Exhibition and Convention Center will host one of the world top exhibition shows in the automobile industry. The 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition will showcase the integration of future technologies and vehicles that can provide people with better lives.

This year’s Auto Show will have a dedicated session called New Mobility China – a platform for the future of driving focusing completely on the issues of electromobility, autonomous driving and digitalization. The organizer settled on “Embracing Change” as the theme for this year’s exhibition. Focusing on innovative developments in the automobile industry, new-energy vehicles, autonomous driving and connected cars, it is the perfect theme for the 2021 show.

China is the world’s most important market for future technologies in the automotive industry, and carmakers are increasingly focusing on the application of the latest technologies, including 5G, artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things and big data.

The exhibition has become an industry mega-event, providing a stage for innovative products, technologies and ideas.

Among this year’s 1,000 exhibitors, includes major exhibitors will be Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Audi, as well as domestic automakers including SAIC Motor, FAW and Dongfeng Motor sharing a total area of 360,000 square meters.

Automakers will display the latest technologies related to electric vehicles, such as a new generation of batteries and updated charging infrastructure. New-energy vehicle startups will be one of the show’s highlights.

The Future Mobility exhibition area will showcase advanced technologies and the wide application of products. Leading auto part companies like Bosch and Continental will display their latest products. Tech giants including Huawei, Baidu and DJI will display their latest technology breakthroughs in the automobile industry. Next-generation technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI), virtual and augmented reality (VR/AR) and driverless vehicles will be on display at the show.

Source: auto shanghai, shine

Currently, China has 176 million vaccine doses administered to people on the mainland. With such pace, experts are optimistic for many activities across sectors as the country gunners for nationwide immunity. China’s GDP of 14.72 trillion (2020) is projected to a 6% GDP growth target for 2021. This indicates an opportunity for many companies and parts as the Chinese economy climbs beyond the recovery mark.

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