Understanding Expo 2020 Dubai 

July 20, 2021 0

  • Expo 2020 is the world in one place a global experience dedicated to bringing together people, communities and nations to build bridges, inspire action and deliver real-life solutions to real-life challenges
  • A launch pad for broadening horizons and exchanging ideas, Expo is all about innovation, collaboration and inspiration, and is the UAE’s commitment to building a cleaner, safer, healthier future for everyone
  • In a spirit of optimism, Expo 2020 will gather more than 200 participants – including 191 countries, as well as multilateral organisations, businesses and educational establishments – for a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days
  • Through Thematic Weeks, participants will explore solutions to fundamental global challenges such as climate change and biodiversity, equal access to education and healthcare, and bridging the digital divide
  • Visitors from all over the planet are invited to join the making of a new world as they explore new frontiers, embrace the opportunities of tomorrow and discover life-changing innovations that can have meaningful, positive impacts on our planet and its people
  • Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, hosted in a city of the future, in one of the world’s most inclusive, ambitious and future-focused nations, in the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee
DUBAI, UAE, MAY 18, 2020: General view of the Mare & Foal Statue at Mobility Pavilion during Sunrise at the Expo 2020 Site (Photo by Dany Eid/Expo 2020)

Themes ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is our theme and our purpose, and is based on the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas coming together in inspiring new ways. Our three subthemes are areas we see as essential to building a better world for everyone:

  • Opportunity: Unlocking the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future
  • Mobility: Creating more efficient and effective movement of people, goods and ideas, both physically and virtually
  • Sustainability: Respecting and living in balance with the world we inhabit to ensure a cleaner, safer, healthier future for all


Something for everyone Expo 2020 is for explorers and adventurers; for foodies and culture enthusiasts; for children and grandparents; for entrepreneurs, thought-leaders, businesses and governments; for the casual tourist, and for the curious who want to experience the future – now.

  • The Expo site will come alive with the sounds, rhythms and sights of a global cast of performers across its dynamic, diverse and ever-changing entertainment programme, from music, dance and art to inspiring poetry and insightful talks. With up to 60 live events each day, all day, it will be a 182-day feast for the senses, featuring an array of internationally celebrated names.
  • Visitors can tuck in to 50-plus global cuisines from 200 F&B outlets, enjoy delicious culinary tours and explore innovative culinary tech
  • Expo’s inspiring arts and culture programme includes a series of substantial public artworks, a showcase of contemporary Emirati design and craft commissions, performances by the Firdaus Orchestra, and Al Wasl, an Emirati opera
  • Expo 2020 will run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, opening 1000-midnight (Saturday to Wednesday) and 1000-0200 (Thursday and Friday)


DUBAI, MARCH 07 2021: General view of Alif – The Mobility Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Suneesh Sudhakaran/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Where is Expo 2020 Dubai? 

  • Expo 2020 is located in Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport and easily reached from Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s international airports and cruise terminals
  • Expo 2020 is easily accessible public transport, including the Route 2020 Metro extension and Expo Rider, a dedicated complimentary public bus service
  • The Expo 2020 site is 4.38 sqkm, approximately 2 sqkm forms the gated area, while the remaining 2.4 sqkm features supporting amenities and facilities


An exceptional site 

  • Expo 2020 is one of the world’s most technologically connected sites, a city of the future powered by state-of-the-art innovations that will link every aspect of the event to ensure visitors have an unparalleled experience
  • Expo aims to be one of the most sustainable World Expos ever – an example of innovation in action from its cutting-edge sustainable architecture to sensors that monitor energy efficiency
  • The Thematic Districts include performance spaces, innovation galleries, art installations, parks and outdoor gardens. Each is anchored by its own Thematic Pavilion



o Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion 

o Alif – The Mobility Pavilion 

o Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion 

  • Al Wasl Plaza is Expo’s beating heart – its iconic centrepiece and the focal point for celebrations during Expo 2020. Its steel trellis dome the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface
  • Expo’s 21-metre-high, mashrabiya-style carbon fibre Entry Portals give visitors a first taste of the amazing architecture and unprecedented innovation they will experience across Expo 2020
  • Dozens of participants have already revealed their pavilions – each is future-focused, inspiring and innovative 

Expo Programmes 

Expo 2020 is already bringing people and communities together to build a better future for everyone.

  • Expo Live, Expo’s global innovation and partnership programme is backing 140 projects from 76 countries, each offering innovative solutions to pressing challenges, helping to improve people’s lives or preserve the planet
  • Expo’s Global Best Practice Programme spotlights 50 projects already providing impactful, sustainable solutions to some of our biggest challenges, with a commitment to expanding them across the globe
  • The Expo Education Programme is inviting students from high schools and UAE and international universities to join specially curated tours, gain hands-on skills, and shape their future careers by connecting with peers, industry leaders and global experts
  • The Expo School Programme is inspiring the younger generation by engaging with UAE schools and educators. During Expo 2020 it will offer students a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience via four bespoke school tours
  • A total of 30,000 Expo 2020 Volunteers, a diverse and inclusive mix of UAE residents and expats from a range of nationalities and backgrounds, will be the welcoming ‘face of Expo 2020 Dubai’, reflecting UAE’s inclusive and hospitable spirit
  • Expo’s World Majlis will bring global thought-leaders together for the conversations that matter, in the traditional Emirati majlis setting


Driving growth 

  • Expo 2020 is a global launch pad for business, opening up new markets and new opportunities to every business visitor, and including far-reaching business programming that will assist in attracting investments, forging agreements and promoting international cooperation
  • Expo 2020 has committed 20 per cent of direct and indirect spending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), which it sees as key to future prosperity in the UAE and the region
  • The world-class Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC), Expo 2020 Dubai, with its 45,000 sqm of flexible space, will be a major draw for the MICE industry during Expo and beyond
  • Expo 2020 will support the tourism sector and serve as an incubator for innovative, knowledge-based businesses and entrepreneurs, diversifying the economy and enhancing the country’s welcoming and thriving reputation as an ideal location to live, play, work and do business



The UAE has shown the world what is possible through its remarkable transformation and progress. Expo 2020, coinciding with the UAE’s 50th anniversary in 2021, engages people in this journey, inspires the next generation, and, together, sparks innovations that will kick-start another 50 years of purposeful progress, contributing to the nation’s continued prosperity and enabling growth in the region and beyond.

  • More than 80 per cent of Expo’s infrastructure will live on in the future city of District 2020 a model global community for the future that will use state-of-the-art innovation, science and sustainability to create a cleaner, safer, healthier environment to live and work
  • Expo 2020 is committed to building a meaningful, measurable long-term legacy that will set a benchmark for future World Expos 
  • Through its youth and business engagement activities, Expo will stimulate economic, cultural and scientific prosperity 
  • The experiences our visitors will enjoy, the innovations they will discover and the connections they will make will reveal inspiring, new perspectives and encourage lasting, positive impact 


COVID measures 

The health and safety of all visitors and workers is our first responsibility. Consulting with the world’s leading medical experts and guided by the latest science and data, we have implemented a range of measures and continue to monitor new developments to ensure a safe and exciting visitor experience at Expo 2020 Dubai.

  • Mandatory mask wearing
  • Capacity restrictions to ensure social distancing
  • Thermal cameras at all arrival points
  • Hand sanitising stations
  • Three world-class medical and COVID-19 testing facilities
  • Rapid response COVID testing
  • Employee vaccination programme


Commercial Partners 

Our homegrown and international Partners play a vital role in creating an exceptional experience for everyone and supporting Expo 2020’s legacy

  • Our Premier Partners are Accenture (Digital Services Partner), Cisco (Digital Network Partner), DP World (Global Trade Partner), Emirates Airline (Official Airline Partner), Emirates NBD (Official Banking Partner), Etisalat (Telecommunications Services Partner), Mastercard (Official Payment Technology Partner), Nissan (Official Automotive Partner), PepsiCo (Official Beverage and Snack Partner), SAP (Innovative Enterprise Software Partner), Siemens (Infrastructure Digitalisation Partner), Terminus Technologies (Official Robotics Partner)


  • Official Partners: Christie (Official Projection and Display Partner), Dubai Chamber (Official Business Integrator), DEWA (Official Sustainable Energy Partner), Dulsco (Official Waste Management Partner), Emaar Hospitality Group (Official Hotel, Hospitality and Catering Partner), ENOC (Official Integrated Energy Partner), L’Oreal (Official Beauty Products and Services Partner), UPS (Official Logistics Partner)


  • Official Providers: Al Ain Farms (Official Dairy Provider), Canon (Official Printing and Imaging Provider), Digital14 (Official Cyber Security Provider), Domino’s (Official Pizza Provider), Esharah Etisalat Security Solutions (Official

Secure Systems Provider), Jacobs Mace (Official Programme Delivery Management Provider), Orient Insurance (Official Insurance Provider), Swatch (Official Timing Provider)




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