Expo 2020 Overview

Sprawling across an expanse of over 4.5 square kilometres, the Expo 2020 is a festival of ideas, knowledge and cultural exchange. The expo aims to celebrate the blend of human brilliance and achievements. Offering unique experiences and attractions, it is a global level exhibition that will run for over 170 days and will attract visitors from all over the world. 

Organised at the Al Wasl Plaza in Dubai, the expo will begin on 1st October 2021 and end on 31st March 2022. From skill enhancing workshops, business meets and cultural shows, to local and international business exhibits, entertainment shows and more, Expo 2020 will offer visitors a wide array of options to choose from. 

Expo 2020, in essence, will act as a means to connect with like-minded businessmen and grow their business whilst having fun. The expo will host hundreds of different companies in different districts, namely sustainability (for advanced technology), mobility (for exchange of knowledge, ideas and goods) and opportunity (for transforming dreams into reality). 

Expo 2020 will also unveil some of the most modern and technologically advanced attractions of the city to the world, some of which include the Museum of the Future, Deira Islands, Al Wasl Plaza, Aladdin City, the Dubai Water Canal Project and more. Visitors can also choose from a single-day pass to an entire seasonal pass for entry as per their desire.


• With the main theme of “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” the expo has pavilions of over 190 countries.
• The Expo will also house over 200 pavilions which will feature interactive exhibits, including entertainment pavilions, luxurious meeting spaces, quirky hangout zones as well as daily live events.
• Visitors will also be able to indulge in authentic cuisines from different parts of the world, ranging from delectable street food to international dishes and more.
• Art enthusiasts can soak in views of installations from local as well as global talents in the Expo.
• Victors can also experience numerous architectural and structural marvels all in a single place, one of the major attractions of which is the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface.
• Witness the world at one place with the Expo 2020 Dubai.
• The Expo 2020 Dubai will be organised for over 170 days with the aim to showcase humanity’s potential to design a future with innovation.
• Expo 2020 Dubai also provides visitors with a global platform to attract investments and promote international cooperation.

How To Reach

If you’re a visitor, keen on paying a visit to the Expo 2020 Dubai, travelling from the airport to the Expo is extremely convenient. You can choose to travel by car, taxi or metro.

1. By Car/Taxi:

The distance between Dubai International Airport and Jebel Ali is approximately 55 kms and can be reached in 40-50 minutes by private car or cab. The local taxi there would cost around AED 100 to get to your destination, while a shared car would cost you around AED 10 per person. There is going to be ample parking space too.

2. By Metro:

The Dubai Red Line Metro is currently being extended to the Expo Site 2020 so as to make metro travel from the airport to the Expo, a breeze. The ticket barely costs AED 4 and takes you to your destination in an hour and a half.

The upcoming Expo Metro Station too is going to be the most eco-friendly and biggest one on the Dubai Metro network, with a capacity of at least 46,000 passengers.

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Best Time To Visit

The best time to plan a visit to the event of Expo 2020 is during the morning hours when the crowd is at its least.

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Theme of Expo 2020 Dubai:

The core theme of the Expo 2020 is Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. The idea is to build partnerships that’ll inspire ideas and propel growth in the near future. But these can only be achieved when we seek Opportunity, encourage Mobility, and conform to Sustainability, which are the sub-themes of the Expo.

Events Held in Expo 2020 Dubai:

There’s much to see and lots to do at the Expo 2020 Dubai. Some of the most looked-forward-to events this season are:

1. Ride in the Hyperloop: Experience what a hyperloop ride feels like and how you’d get from one destination to another as quickly as The Flash. Travel tech is taking the world by storm and here’s your chance to learn more about the tech that goes into making a hyperloop. Be the first to witness it before it is launched all across the globe.

2. Delve into cultural experiences: From dance routines to digital theatre, from singing to storytelling and everything in between, the Expo promises to keep you enthralled with the most unique experiences! Experience it all at the Expo 2020. What stands out is that you’ll find cultural shows from every country that’s participating in the exhibition, which means you can soak in the culture of every part of the world, at one destination.

3. Witness a technology takeover: Will robots be taking over your job by the next decade? Can you print human organs with 3D printing technology? What will the food be like by 2025? Find answers to all your questions as the expo encourages curiosity with an array of fun activities. You can make your own robot, burn energy with gaming activities, and get your hands dirty as you test the future of food tech.

4. Tap your feet to the beats: Among storytelling and theatre, there’s going to be LIVE performances by bands and celebrated musicians so get ready for some foot-tapping music at this extraordinary Expo! Every LIVE performance represents the themes of the Expo and the cultural diversity of the country it originates from. So while you’re grooving to the music you’re learning so much more about the world around you.

5. It’s Time to Travel: Since there are at least 190 countries participating this season, every booth caters to your wanderlust with visuals of their local attractions, tour packages, trips to your favourite destinations, and the future of travel.

6. Broaden your horizons: It isn’t all fun and games at the Expo 2020 Dubai. For employees, businessmen, entrepreneurs, and others, there’s much more than what meets the eye. Learn about growing your business, working with like-minded people and building the future of the world together. Be socially aware and understand how all of this can be achieved through sustainability. From educationists to inventors and artists to pioneers, get a chance to meet some interesting personalities who will change your perspective and share valuable insights on the matters that matter.

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7. An opportunity like none other: If you’re an entrepreneur or a young aspirant, keen on bringing your product or service to the limelight, this is your place to be. The Expo will not only be conducting workshops that’ll help you improve your skills, but it also offers you an opportunity to be a part of the 6-month long event and exhibit your product to test the waters before entering the bigger markets. Truly, the expo abides by its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ to the fullest with never-seen-before experiences.

8. Save the world: If you’ve always dreamt of making this world a better place, now’s your chance. Meet Gnasher at the Expo 2020, a giant consumption machine that’ll consume natural resources to churn out single-use consumer products, thereby teaching us why minimum consumption and sustainable use of resources is the need of the hour.

9. Work up a sweat: Mindful sessions, gaming fitness, extreme adventure, sports workouts and much more awaits at the Expo 2020. The most exciting though are the virtual and augmented reality sports that’ll have you hooked for hours at end.

10. Visit the parks: The upcoming Expo 2020 isn’t just for adults, because there’s so much here for kids too! There are three lush parks, namely the Al Forsan Park, Al Wasl Plaza, and Jubilee Park where kids can spend a gala time playing, interacting with other children, greeting the mascots and participating in fun games that’ll keep them entertained for hours. The ceiling of the Al Wasl Plaza dome is also fitted with a 360° screen where kids can watch interesting videos being played out, in rapt attention.

11. A Feast of Flavours: You can’t travel all around the globe, so Expo 2020 is bringing the world to you! Indulge in rare local flavours from Finland, Africa, Scandinavia and so many other places that you probably haven’t even heard of. Learn how their meals are prepared, which ingredients are unique to the country, what their local food tastes like, and more. Each day at the Expo is a food extravaganza dedicated to a different country, so you’re always in for a surprise!

12. The fun never ends: When at the Expo 2020, you’re always in for a great time! The event begins each day at 10:00 am and goes on till 1:00 am on weekdays and 2 am on weekends. After sundown the pyrotechnic displays and concerts keep you entertained. The entire space is beautifully lit with palm groves shining and the central water fountains gleaming in the night light.

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Food at Expo 2020 Dubai:

The first-ever Expo 2020 Dubai promises to be an extravaganza of food, fun, and festivities while indulging in immense cultural and educational experiences and connecting with countries across the globe. But all the rushing around to attractions, meeting new people, and imbibing new knowledge is sure to make your hungry!

Which is why the Expo 2020 Dubai has a whole lot of food to offer. Already planned out are over 200+ restaurants serving cuisines from various parts of the world. Here’s what you can look forward to witnessing:

1. The future of food: We aren’t just talking about new recipes, experiments, and plating techniques, the expo will, in fact, highlight how food from the future will be. Technology has already begun changing the way we order our meals, and with the passage of time augmented reality and virtual reality will inspire path-breaking innovation in the way meals are cooked and brought to us.

Very soon, you might just notice that human resources have been replaced by robots who will be taking down orders and bringing food to your table. But while that might happen years later, here’s your chance to experience it right now at the Expo!

2. Indulge in Gastronomic experiences: When traditional cuisines with modern cooking techniques come together, you can certainly expect a burst of flavours coupled with some gastronomic delights that you’ve probably never experienced before. Technology and fun elements involved in food will also be brought to the forefront.

The idea behind this is not just to cater to a new dining experience, but to encourage conversation through food because surely, nothing brings people closer than similar palates and the desire to eat good food.

3. Something for Everyone: The food might be from the future, but the prices are just right for the new decade. The 200+ restaurants, cafes, and bars ensure that there’s something that suits everyone’s palate, from Old classics to new favourites and street bites to gourmet delights. While the prices range from pocket-friendly to luxurious, just in case you want an over-the-top memorable experience.

4. An Opportunity for Entrepreneurs: Food startups and F&B industry entrepreneurs will be a part of this culinary journey, where they’ll be given an opportunity to introduce their products, services and talents to the market, while you get a chance to indulge in it all!

While the local Emirati hospitality will play a major role here, Dubai’s diverse food scene, local favourites, traditional cuisine, food innovations, upcoming chefs, will all be proving themselves to a massive global audience. 

5. What’s for food: Dubai is inspiring food for thought by introducing ‘thoughtful food’ at the Expo. It has developed a set of values that influence their culinary ethics and food sustainability. Matters like sourcing and growing local produce, sustainable packaging, clean eating, and affordable food for all, will be discussed and promoted.

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Shop at Expo 2020 Dubai

Once you’re done with satisfying your tastebuds and have refuelled yourself, it’s time to shop at the Expo! When there’s so much to look forward to, there’s definitely going to be a lot to shop for as well.

The exhibition is encouraging sustainable & clever products as well as innovative designs by small and medium enterprises that inspire the shopper to buy smart and spend smart. Here’s what you can expect:

1. Camel Soap: Nourish your skin with chemical-free, organic, camel-milk soap designed by a homegrown brand named The Camel Soap Factory (pretty straight forward, we’d say). The soaps are all-natural with zero artificial colours or ingredients that don’t meet the standards of sustainability. Even the fragrances are all essential oils, so you are certain of using chemical-free products that are smooth on the skin and environment-friendly too!

2. Coffee: If food isn’t enough, quench your thirst with Karam Coffee that allows you to craft your special blend. The Dubai-based brand brings the two most popular Arabic coffee blends prepared from beans growing in Asia and Africa. The cocoa beans are sourced directly from the farmers of both countries and curated well before introducing them to the audience. If you’re a coffee connoisseur, you have to head here for your unique blend or simply for a Cuppa Joe.

3. Chocolates: Bite into the goodness of artisanal chocolates handmade by Mirzam. The three types of locally-made chocolate bars that’ll be available at their expo outlet are definitely worth a try! All of them are curated especially for the Expo 2020 and boast of rich cocoa beans imported from Asia and Africa. If you’re visiting Dubai for the very first time, a trip to Mirzam is a must for some delectable souvenirs and melt-in-the-mouth goodness.

4. New Zealand Mint: Mark your trip by buying a gold or silver medallion or foil from the New Zealand Mint. These are considered rare collectables and memoirs to last a lifetime. Memories of the expo might fade, but the medallion will last forever!

5. Buy a Plane! : If an original one is way out of your budget, why not settle for a model aircraft of the Emirates, the official airline of the UAE? Being the airline partner for the Expo 2020 Dubai, Emirates is even launching a special edition model aircraft just in time for the exhibition. The designs reflect Sustainability, Opportunity and Mobility, the three sub-themes that branch out from connectivity. If you can’t get your hands on the medallions and foils at the Mint, make sure you get one of these to commemorate your trip to the Emirates, with an Emirate!

Your shopping spree doesn’t end here! From sustainable clothing and official merchandise at Splash to eco-friendly fashion accessories, perfumes, gifts and souvenirs, gadgets, stationery, kitchenware, homeware, and much more. There’s a lot that awaits you at the Expo 2020 Dubai

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Tips For Visiting Expo 2020

  • The entry price for Expo 2020 Dubai for children between 6 to 17 years will be reduced, while there will be free entry for People of Determination and half price tickets for caregivers.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai will be open from October 01, 2021 to March 31, 2022.
  • All the three districts will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., however, it is best to arrive early.
  • Skip-the-lines tickets will be made available online and will offer priority access to visitors who wish to avoid waiting in lines for entry.
  • Visitors can also book combo tickets at lesser costs, which will include entry to Expo 2020 Dubai, in addition to attractions like Burj Khalifa, Dubai Garden Glow, Dubai Frame, Dubai Aquarium and Underwater Zoo, as well as the different theme parks in the city.
  • Those who are visiting the city only for the Expo can save on extra costs by booking tickets that include hotel transfers to and from the event.

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Every country will have its own pavilion spread across the sprawling 4.65 sq. Kms area. The structure of each pavilion is an architectural marvel and every country will host its own live shows, interactive exhibits, meeting spaces, quirky cafes to hang out at, local cuisines and much more. All of this while conforming to the theme of the exhibition, with every country keeping in tandem with a sub-theme. Apart from country-based pavilions, you’ll also find pavilions designed around the theme of Connecting Minds which will conduct activities based on Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, while mascot-inspired pavilions promise to be a treat for kids and grown-ups alike.

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A Special Screening Ceiling

A Special Screening Ceiling

Dubai has always been at the centre of groundbreaking architectural inventions and growth, and the Expo 2020 certainly isn’t any different! The Al Wasi Plaza, a park in the expo, comprises a steel dome which is fitted with the world’s biggest 360-degree projection surface. Videos being screened on this surface will be visible to visitors both inside and outside the Al Wasi Plaza.

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Get A Bird’s Eye View

Get A Bird’s Eye View

The spectacular Dubai World Expo 2020 needn’t just be witnessed from the ground. To make the experience more enthralling, the expo is hosting a rotating observation tower that lets you catch a good view of the domes, shamianas, parks, and larger-than-life structures right from the top. When the professional cameras pop out, make sure you get that perfect social media shot with the marvellous Dubai Skyline in the background and the Expo 2020 at your feet!

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Salama, the Ghaf Tree

Salama, the Ghaf Tree

In Arabic culture, the Ghaf Tree is considered wise and powerful and has been a place of refuge and relaxation for umpteen travellers for centuries gone by. Via an inspirational story about Salama, a character based on the Ghaf Tree, the Expo will throw light on how the tree is a symbol of peace and tolerance. The ancient tree has witnessed UAE through the ages, seen the country’s history and unification, lives through its present and looks forward to the future. It symbolises the Expo's theme of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. Just like the country she resides in, she continues to grow and flourish.

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Say Hi to the mascots!

Say Hi to the mascots!

Expo 2020 Dubai isn’t introducing just one or two, but five mascots who will be present at the pavilions! 9-year-old Rashid believes in all things magical, enjoys stories by ancestors, aspires to save the environment and loves nature! His younger sister, Latifa, is great at science and technology.

She’s always up for a good challenge and believes in re-inventing and making a difference, one deed, one person at a time. Along with these two adorable mascots are those who guard the three themes that build the pillars of the Expo 2020. Terra is the Sustainability Pavilion Guardian, who wants to protect nature with all her might!

And Alif is the Mobility Pavilion Guardian who believes in shapeshifting. Last, but not least, is Opti, the Opportunity Pavilion Guardian who will inspire you to grab every opportunity that comes your way, so that you grow and let the world around you grow too! Make sure you stop by and greet this one-of-a-kind team.

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Watch LIVE performances

Watch LIVE performances

Turn back the pages of Arab history as you discover tunes of a thousand years at the Al Wasi Opera. Sung in Arabic and English, the songs too are centred around sustainability, mobility, opportunity and above all, connectivity and unity, which is the core theme of the Expo.

Through a blend of art forms like music, dance, and storytelling at these LIVE performances, Dubai’s rich heritage and growth will be highlighted. Renowned artists like composer Mohammed Fairouz, Maha Gargash, a librettist, and Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy will be present and performing, while other experts will conduct opera workshops for school children and teachers.

The two-hour opera performances will only be held between 21-24 October 2020, so make sure you get your passes real quick, so as to not miss out!

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Prepare for a Party!

Prepare for a Party!

The Expo 2020 Dubai encompasses everything from culture to cuisine and education to entrepreneurship for adults, but it doesn’t leave behind the kids. The three huge parks, including Al Forsan Park, Al Wasl Plaza, and Jubilee Park will allow you to conduct open-air celebrations and parties for little ones and grown-ups too. From birthdays and events to college and corporate picnics, the Expo 2020 promises to be an ideal hangout place for all!

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Delve into unique flavours

Delve into unique flavours

There’s bound to be lots of delicious food at an Expo like this one because nothing brings together people better than food. It keeps in tandem with the theme of connectivity and unity There’s going to be more than 50 restaurants, 200+ F&B outlets, and over 300 dishes to binge on at the expo. But this isn’t just a basic food fair that lines up your bars and cafes. The theme of connectivity and future will shed light upon the future of food, augmented reality making its way into the food industry, and how robots might deliver your food very soon. There’s going to be a blend of flavours and cuisines like you’ve never tried before, and it’s made to suit every palate and budget possible.

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Expo 2020 FAQs

When did Dubai win the Expo?

Dubai won the bid to host the Expo 2020 in 2013. The Bureau International des Expositions in Paris awarded and announced Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013. The initial bids were between Izmir (Turkey), Yekaterinburg (Russia), São Paulo (Brazil and Dubai (UAE). Sao Paulo lost out in the first round while Izmir lost in the second. The third and final round was won by Dubai, claiming victory over the Expo 2020.

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Does the Expo 2020 Dubai have a theme as well?

Yes, the Expo 2020 Dubai is centred around the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. The idea is to introduce like-minded people from every walk of life, who can bring about a global change, be it in education, innovation, or technology sector. The idea is to achieve this via three sub-themes which are Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Opportunity is to recognise the power to shape the future and unlock individual potential. Mobility is to enable the movement of knowledge, ideas, and products, to facilitate a new world of possibilities. Sustainability aims to teach people how to live in balance and achieve a better tomorrow by embracing alternate resources and not preserving the others for future generations.

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What is the logo of Expo 2020 Dubai?

The Expo 2020 Dubai logo comprises golden brown rings, all connected together, to signify that the event connects the world. The design for the logo has been inspired by a 4000-year old ring found at an ancient archaeological site. This site connected many underground civilizations, just like the Expo which will be a hub that connects the world. That’s how the design of the logo came about.

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Can kids visit the Expo site?

Yes, the Expo 2020 Dubai is as much fun for children as it is for adults. There are three huge parks namely the Al Forsan Park, Al Wasl Plaza, and Jubilee Park where kids can celebrate their special days, or simply play all day and interact with other children. They can also visit the mascots and engage in some smart play at the VR arcade.

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How can I take part in Expo 2020 Dubai?

There are quite a few ways in which you can participate in the Expo 2020 Dubai. To begin with, the Expo Live program offers support and funding to those who have a comprehensive strategy to save the environment or bring about a global change by combating challenges. Secondly, you can log on to their Online Marketplace to find business opportunities that you can sign up for. If you do not wish to be a participant, but still help out, there is a volunteer program that is welcoming more than 30,000 volunteers to be a part of the Expo 2020.

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What is the purpose of Expo 2020 Dubai?

The Expo 2020 Dubai aims to build partnerships and inspire ideas that forge the world of tomorrow. With the three pillars of opportunity, mobility, and sustainability, they hope to achieve solutions to global problems that will build a better future for generations to come.

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What is Expo 2020 Dubai?

Expo 2020 Dubai or the Expo 2020 Dubai, is one of the biggest festivals of ideas, knowledge and culture in the world. Considered to be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, this expo will be home to hundreds of attractions, exhibitions and events for a period of 181 days, with 192 participating countries. The main theme for the Expo is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. ”With the three major districts of Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity, the Expo will be great for new collaborations, investments, solutions and more. Expo 2020 Dubai will also organise numerous concerts, cultural events, seminars, summits and product launches, among other things. Furthermore, this six-month long event will integrate food, art. music and culture. 

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Can I shop for souvenirs at the Expo site?

Yes, you can shop from various local and international brands at this exhibition. The dubai 2020 expo dates begin on 1st of October and so does your shopping spree. Some items which can be bought at this expo include:

1. Camel Soap: The most famous item of Dubai, Camel Soap is made using Camel’s milk and does not contain any kind of chemicals.

2. Coffee: Offering a growing place for various local businesses, the expo is flocked by some of the best coffee shops of the world. You can taste a variety of drinks here made using unpolished beans from parts of Asia and Africa.

3. A Plane: Yes, you read it right, you can actually buy a plane from this expo if it sets in your budget.

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Is there any dress code for visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai?

Although there is no specific dress code for visitors to attend the Expo 2020, however you are advised to dress modestly. In a country like Dubai, women are not allowed to wear short dresses or any kind of revealing clothing in public areas like museums or exhibitions.

Are children and senior citizens allowed free?

Yes, children aged below five years and the senior citizens aged above 65 can avail a free entry to the Expo 2020 Dubai.

What can I expect in Expo 2020?

There is an array of fun and informative shows/activities that can be expected in Expo 2020 Dubai. Some of them are:

1. Unique architecture: Be it the pavilions or the splendid interior, you will be mesmerized by the brilliance of architecture spread across an area 4.5 sq KMs.

2. Shopping: Goods from all over the world will be found here and the shopping area here is dotted with a variety of shops and stalls from where you can shop for various international products.

3. Business conventions: Many famous businessmen from all over the world come here to offer conventions and presentations on how their businesses grew and gained success. In addition to this, various business related workshops are also held in which you get to learn various aspects of handling a business.

4. Live Performances: Many cultural performances of various different countries will be showcased here and will exhibit deep insights of their cultural aspects.

This is not it, the list can go on and on, but one thing is for sure that this Expo will leave you amazed and you will go back home carrying loads of information and memories.

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