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Dubai Expo 2020 – the first World Expo in the Middle East

10 May 2019

Significance of Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to be hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asian (MEASA) region, and is considered to be one of the most important one in the exposition history. Expected to attract 25million visitors, out of which, 70 percent of the visitors are likely to come from outside the UAE, the expo is likely to see the largest proportion of international visitors in the 168-year history of World Expos.

Being the largest event to be ever- staged in the Arab world, the expo is all set to welcome 190 participating nations, and millions of visitors from across the globe, with the youth being the heart of this World Expo, The Expo 2020 aims to create a meaningful legacy that would benefit the future generations locally and globally, including everything from innovation to architecture, friendships and business opportunities.

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Lionel Messi in World Expo 2020 Dubai video

Argentinean football star Lionel Messi is leading a new video campaign that seeks to promote the hosting of World Expo 2020 in Dubai.

Expo 2020 - Participation details

Over 200 participants, including nations, multinational organizations, businesses and educational institutions are likely to participate in the expo. So far, 190 nations have confirmed their participation at the expo.

There are several ways to participate in the expo, for instance, the Expo 2020 ‘Volunteers Programme’ welcomes over 30,000 volunteers, the ‘Expo Live Programme’ supports and funds those with creative solutions to global challenges, the ‘World Majlis’ sessions brings together aspiring leaders from across the planet, and there are plenty of business opportunities at the ‘Online Marketplace’.

As per the UAE’s National Policy for Empowering people with Special Needs, people with special needs are referred to as ‘people with determination’, to recognize their achievements in various fields. At present, Expo 2020 is considering a range of measurements to ensure about delivering an expo that is accessible to all. Therefore, there will be a wide range of services, including wheelchair rentals and electric convenience vehicles.

When will the expo be held?

Dubai Expo 2020 will be held for a duration of six months from 20th October 2020 to 10th April 2021. On the whole, the expo will remain open seven days a week from 10am to 1pm on weekdays and from 10am to 2pm on weekends and special days.

Dubai Expo 2020 Venue

The Expo 2020 site, spanning 4.38kms, is located in Dubai South district, in proximity to the Al Maktoum International Airport, which is easily accessible from Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals. The site will also have its own metro station, with capability of transporting 44,000 passengers an hour.

Themes of Dubai Expo

Dubai 2020 Expo opens with the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ aiming to build partnership, and inspire ideas that forge the world of tomorrow. The subthemes for the Expo are key pillars that guide us on our journey. These subthemes are ‘Opportunity’, ‘Mobility’ and ‘Sustainability’.

Theme of Dubai expo

Dubai Expo 2020 - Attractions

If you are a visitor at Dubai Expo 2020, irrespective of whether you are a carefree wanderer, or have a strict schedule, these are the attractions you are likely to find:

  • You can see groundbreaking architecture everywhere, starting from the world’s biggest 360-degree projection surface on Al Wasl Plaza’s Steel Dome, to the Opportunity Pavilion made of all natural materials such as 2500 tonnes of stone and 111km of rope.
  • You get to taste dishes from every corner of the world, with over 200 food and beverage outlets being lined-up here. Street food, family-friendly meals, haute cuisine, sustainable dining, unique culinary journeys, and so much more, you name it and you have it here!
  • Having seen Expo 2020 from the ground, you can now catch a bird’s eye view from atop the Rotating Observation Tower, and by the way, is this the best view at the expo?
  • If you are an art aficionado, this expo would be the ideal place to brush up on your art. You can enjoy the art installations’ from local and global talents across the living canvas of the expo
  • The palm groves, jasmine trees, wadi figs, the desert scenery and such Arab-style vistas would be lined up throughout, and you can keep cool under the shaded canopies of the UAE national tree, namely, the ‘Ghaf tree’.
  • A 17000sqm conference complex featuring multipurpose halls, an auditorium and event spaces, with 28000sqm of exhibition halls are available at the Dubai Exhibition Centre, which is directly accessible via the Dubai Metro Route 2020 link. So, if you are planning an event here, look no further.
  • There are large-scale venues including the Al Forsan Park, Al Wasl Plaza and Jubilee Park, at the Expo 2020, to suit every outdoor celebration. So, if you plan to put on a show, or for any other celebration involving a large gathering, you can plan it here.

Expo 2020 - the sustainability aspect

Expo 2020 aims to be one of the most sustainable World Expos ever.  To achieve this ambitious goal, the organizers of the expo have tried their best to integrate sustainability into all aspects of the Expo 2020, while also creating a meaningful impact beyond the six months of expo, so that millions of visitors and followers could reaffirm their commitment to the environment.

80 percent of Expo-built buildings and structures will find life in the thriving future city of ‘District 2020’. One of the main aims of Expo 2020 is to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy, and hence, District 2020 would be a connected global centre for future generation of innovators, pioneers, and original thinkers.

Pavilions at Expo 2020

Several hundreds of pavilions at the expo will feature interactive exhibits, meeting spaces, live entertainment, quirky hangouts and lot more. Exploring the various pavilions by enjoying the vast cultural experiences and discovering what makes each participating nation unique, is what you get to do as a visitor at the expo.  Listed here are just some of the pavilions at the expo.

Belgium Pavilion - At the Belgium Pavilion, you get to explore Belgium’s ‘green ark’, the home to host of innovations and some extras.

belgium pavilion at Dubai expo

Monaco Pavilion - Take a multisensory journey through Monaco pavilion and explore the diverse national identity.

Slovenia Pavilion The Slovenia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will be a floating vision, highlighting the country’s position as a green, diverse, smart and sustainable gem in the heart of Europe.

slovanian pavilion at Dubai expo

Thematic Pavilions

There are thematic pavilions through which you can explore new worlds, from ocean depths to future societies. The various thematic pavilions include ‘Opportunity Pavilion’, ‘Mobility Pavilion’, and ‘Sustainability Pavilion’.

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UAE Pavilion Construction

Events at the Expo

There will always be something to get excited about at Dubai Expo 2020 with various events programme comprising live performances, including world-famous stars, comedy greats, local talents and touring attractions.

Digital theatre, acrobats, dance routines, poetry slams, roaming entertainers, fashion shows, are some cool cultural experiences that excite your senses and touch your heart.

Expo 2020 aims to encourage a spirit of curiosity and fun in children, wherein, they are encourage to make their own robot workshop, learn about 3D printed human organs and burn energy through various exercises and games.

Expo 2020 would be a haven for academics, artists, inventors, tech-pioneers, out-of-the-box thinkers, and they can prepare to broaden their horizons with the classic workout for their brain. On the whole, you will be spoilt for choice, as you get to participate in mindfulness sessions, extreme sports and many other fun ways to stay fit including disability sports and reality activities.

Each day during the expo, one or more of the participating countries will showcase their culture and special festivities, through which you would get to know more about the culture and celebrations of various countries.

Some noteworthy events include:

World Majlis, which is aseries of global conversations wherein current and aspiring thought leaders get together to share their ideas and views on important topics for our future.

The Expo School Programme, where the students and teachers connect throughout the UAE, as this programme serves as an engaging journey to Expo 2020 through fun and meaningful interactions and educational experiences.

The USD 100mn ‘Expo Live’ programme offers funding, support and exposure to innovators globally, whose creative solutions make a difference to societies, environment or both.
What’s more, the fun doesn’t stop even at night in the Expo 2020. In the evening, pyrotechnics displays and concerts are the prime entertainment which can keep you enthralled well into the early hours.

Expo 2020 - Volunteers are welcome

Volunteers numbering 30,000 or more can welcome the world as the ‘face’ of Expo 2020 Dubai. As a volunteer, this is once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet people from across the globe, make history, and give back to the country that you call home.

Expo 2020 Tickets

Start of ticket sale: End of 2019

Ticket sale venue: The tickets can be purchased through the Dubai Expo 2020 website, or through a network of Authorised Ticket Resellers and Partners worldwide, or at the Expo 2020 gates during the event.

Cost of ticket: Depends upon the type of ticket.

One Day ticket – Dh.120

Three day ticket – Dh.260

Note: Students of any age and youth aged 6 to 17 are allowed 50 percent discount, while people of determination are given free access and their caretakers are allowed 50percent discount. Kids below five years of age and adults over 65 years of age are allowed free access.

Types of tickets

1-day ticket: You will be eligible for a full day of non-stop excitement from 10am to 1am on weekdays and upto 2am on weekends, at Dubai Expo 2020.
3-day ticket: With this 3-day ticket you can enjoy more fun at Expo 2020 Dubai, as each day you can choose the new experiences that you would like to enjoy and immerse yourself in the Expo themes.

Season pass and monthly pass may be announced soon.

So, food, music, technology, culture, creativity - experience all that and much more by exploring 190 countries, without passport,  a world without borders, that is Dubai Expo 2020 for you!

Expo 2020 Contacts

Address: Expo Road, Dubai South, Jebel Ali, Dubai, UAE
Tel: +971 4 5552020
Website:  https://www.expo2020dubai.com/en/support/contact

Expo 2020 - Economic Impact

Expo 2020 is a long-term investment in the future of the UAE. It is expected to contribute AED 122.6 billion to the national economy, as well as supporting small businesses, boosting the job market and fostering innovation for years to come.

Robin Vinod

Writer/blogger who writes on topics such as travel, real estate, employment and everyday life on GCC countries.