The Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition, currently being held at Expo 2020 Dubai, highlights the integral role that stamps have played in human history, and in promoting peace and progress.
The exhibition, hosted by Emirates Post Group in collaboration with the Emirates Philatelic Association, is running until 23 January at the Dubai Exhibition Centre.
Hundreds of stamp and coin collectors and enthusiasts have gathered from all over the world to share their knowledge and love for philately – the collection and study of postal stamps. More than 175 exhibits from 27 countries in the Middle East, Asia, Africa, Europe, America and Oceania are currently featured at the exhibition.
Abdulla Mohammed Alashram, Group CEO of Emirates Post, said: “The Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition reflects our commitment to highlight the importance and role of postage stamps in human advancement over the years. This event has allowed us to showcase the UAE’s postal history and the evolution of the global postal system.”
According to Dr Ofir Winter, Researcher at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University, postal relations were considered an important tool to build peace and enhance communication between countries from all around the world.
He said: “Postal relations are regarded as an integral part of relations between countries and nations. They helped people to communicate with each other and to deal with each other. Today, we have emails, we have WhatsApp, and we have, of course, Zoom. However, for many years, stamps promoted the message of peace by making communication easier between people around the world.”
Children were also invited to take part in the highly-anticipated ‘Postcards to Space’ initiative, launched by Emirates Post Group in partnership with Club for the Future, a private foundation established by Blue Origin, the UAE Space Agency, the Mohammed bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and AzurX.
Under this initiative, participants will have a chance to have their very own special postcards that will be sent to space, stamped, and returned to them.