CategoryInternational Registered exhibition
Dates01/10/2021 - 31/03/2022
ThemeConnecting Minds, Creating the Future
Official DesignationExpo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai, the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, is open between 1 October 2021 and 31 March 2022. For ticketing and practical information, visit the official website.
As the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 Dubai welcomes visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.
It provides a visually striking, emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever.
The first global mega-event since the start of the pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts.
Through its theme, "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", and its three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – Expo 2020 Dubai is the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas.
It features dedicated themed weeks held during the Expo that explore collaborative solutions to global challenges including climate change, health and wellness, inequality and environmental degradation.
Through initiatives such as Expo Live, its global innovation and partnership programme, the Expo School Programme, the World Majlis discussions, and a variety of business programmes, Expo 2020 Dubai has already made a significant impact in Dubai, the UAE and beyond.
Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – a model global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors.
Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme, "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", is based on the belief that bringing the world together can catalyse an exchange of new perspectives and inspire action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges.
Expo 2020 Dubai’s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability inspire visitors to preserve and protect the planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone:
Opportunity: Unlocking the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future.
Mobility: Creating smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas, both physically and virtually.
Sustainability: Respecting and living in balance with the world we inhabit to ensure a sustainable future for all.
The Expo 2020 Dubai site turns heads at every corner, with multiple world-class architectural feats, created by both Expo 2020 and its participants, and examples of cutting-edge technology and sustainable materials.
The site is designed to resemble three petals connected to Al Wasl Plaza, the iconic centrepiece named after the historic name for Dubai, meaning ‘connection’. The plaza features a massive domed trellis that also acts as an immersive 360-degree projection surface, the largest in the world, and connects to the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion.
The petals are Expo 2020 Dubai’s three Thematic Districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability - each anchored by its own Thematic Pavilion. Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion shows visitors how they can play their part in the future of humanity, inspiring renewed optimism that everyone can make a difference and show how collaboration can lead to lasting, positive change; Alif – The Mobility Pavilion offers face-to-face encounters with history’s giants of exploration and a chance to discover the future of human progress; and Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion tells the enchanting story of humankind’s relationship with nature and is designed to empower visitors to understand their impact on the environment and become agents of change.
For the first time in World Expo history, each participating country has its own pavilion, located according to their chosen subtheme rather than global geographical location.
The site also features multiple stages, parks, public spaces and retail, including more than 200 F&B outlets. Outside the gated area, supporting amenities and facilities include the Expo 2020 Village for participant and staff accommodation, warehousing, logistics, transport nodes, hotels, retail and a public park.
The state-of-the-art new Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai, hosts international networking, conferences, concerts and events and meetings throughout Expo and beyond, and is easily accessible from the Dubai Metro Route 2020 link.
Located within the Dubai South district, the site is close to Al Maktoum International Airport and easily reached from Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals.
Even before the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, a number of initiatives were launched to promote the development of the theme of the Expo and to encourage broad participation in the event.
Expo Live is an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving the planet.
With an allocation of USD 100 million, Expo Live harnesses the convening power of a World Expo to demonstrate how innovations coming from all places and people can advance the pace of progress and inspire a more inclusive and prosperous future.
Expo Live projects, showcased in the dedicated 'The Good Place' pavilion, are supported by a combination of grants, challenge prizes and knowledge-sharing events focused on the universal drivers of progress: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Global Best Practice Programme
A feature of every Expo since 2010, a series of Best Practices from around the world have been selected to be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai. Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice Programme spotlights tangible solutions that can be replicated, adapted and scaled for greater global impact. A total of 30 Best Practices in six different categories have been selected by an international jury, jointly chaired by the Secretary General of the BIE, are being showcased in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Opportunity Pavilion.
Expo School Programme
Organisers have been engaging youth through Expo School Programme since early in the Expo project. Offering fun, engaging initiatives and resources for schools in the UAE, the programme also includes a dedicated visitor centre on the Expo site, offering hands-on experiences for young people to explore Expo 2020 Dubai and its theme.
The World Majlis series is a thematic dialogue programme aimed at facilitating global conversation and creating connections between people and ideas. Bringing together thought leaders from various government, professional, academics and cultural backgrounds, World Majlis is rooted in the Emirati and Arab tradition of majlis- a meeting space where people share informed opinions to help shape decision for communities.
The welcoming spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai is embodied by its mascot family. The magical ghaf tree, Salama, looks over two Emirati siblings, the inquisitive eight-year-old Latifa and her nine-year-old brother Rashid. They are guided by three robots – Opti, Alif and Terra – who represent Expo 2020’s three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The adventures of the mascots are the focus of series of short films, all focused on the Expo’s subthemes.
Located within an eight-hour flight of two-thirds of the world’s population, Dubai is a gateway between East and West. Home to around 200 nationalities and benefitting from a youthful and skilled population, it offers a progressive, dynamic and enabling environment in which tomorrow’s leaders can access new technologies and bring their ideas to life.
Dubai is the ideal setting for Expo 2020, which aims to offer the world a glimpse of what the future will look like.
The UAE, Dubai and Expo 2020 have followed a clear strategy in managing Covid-19, developing protocols, guidelines and precautionary measures that are science-based and data-driven.
Dubai successfully reopened to tourists in July 2020 and the UAE has one of the world’s highest vaccination rates, with 90.18 per cent of the population fully vaccinated (26 November 2021).