International Registered exhibition

20/10/2020 - 10/04/2021

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

Expected Visits


World Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021. The Expo site, which will cover a total of 438 hectares, is located in the Dubai South district, near the Al Maktoum International Airport.

BIE Member States elected the UAE as the host of Expo 2020 during the General Assembly of 27 November 2013, and Expo 2020 Dubai was formally registered at the General Assembly of 25 November 2015.

Expo 2020 Dubai is being organised under the theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, with this being expressed into three subthemes: Mobility, Sustainability, and Opportunity.

The ambition of Expo 2020 Dubai is to create a worldwide discussion platform and a true springboard for creativity through innovative pavilions and activities. The spatial organisation of the site embodies the Expo’s theme and subthemes, drawing inspiration from local urban design, architecture and the natural environment. Furthermore, the concept of sustainability has been integrated into the planning of the site and its use both during and after the Expo.

A site of connections...

The Expo 2020 Dubai site is easily accessible from international transit hubs, with direct access to Dubai World Central, a short distance to Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai International Airport, and in close proximity to Jebel Ali Port.

The Expo 2020 Masterplan includes three zones, one for each of the chosen subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, and all converging at a central plaza called Al Wasl, meaning ‘the connection.’ The enclosed area will occupy 200 hectares, while the remaining 240 hectares of the site will house supporting amenities and facilities, including the Expo 2020 Village for participant and staff accommodation, warehousing, logistics, transport nodes, hotels, retail and a public park. The site will have the capacity to welcome up to 250,000 people per day.

Participants will be offered the choice of whether to build their own pavilions or rent them from the organisers. Support will be made available to participating nations in developing their pavilion’s physical structure and the thematic content within it.

...Embodying the Sustainability subtheme

Sustainability is at the core of the Expo Masterplan. As well as strategies to optimise the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to generate 50% of the site’s energy needs over the six-month duration from renewable sources, and half of this will be generated on the site itself. All water used in irrigation and cooling will be recycled, and 90% of the permanent construction material will be reused or repurposed in the aftermath of the Expo.

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, is based on the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people from different fields and backgrounds, who would not normally collaborate, coming together in new and unique ways to share ideas.

Expo 2020 Dubai provides a platform to encourage creativity, innovation and collaboration in line with its three subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.

Expo 2020 Dubai will work towards opening new Opportunities to individuals and communities to help them achieve their needs today and inspire them to pursue their future aspirations.

Expo 2020 Dubai will focus on providing easier access to knowledge, markets and innovation by working on solutions and technologies that will facilitate the movement (Mobility) of people, goods and ideas.

Expo 2020 Dubai will strive to protect and preserve the environment for future generations by doing more with less (Sustainability).

In the run-up to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, a number of initiatives are being organised to promote the development of the theme of the Expo and to encourage broad participation in the event.

Expo Live

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.

In the build-up to Expo 2020 Dubai, Expo Live will deploy 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

Expo 2020 Dubai’s Global Best Practice Programme is an international call for projects to gather and highlight tried and tested initiatives that can be adapted, replicated and scaled worldwide. Focused on local solutions to the Sustainable Development Goals, applications for the programme, named ‘Small Steps, Big Leaps: Solutions for Sustainable Impact’ are between 26 November 2018 and 20 March 2019.

Expo School Programme

In the run up to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, organisers are engaging youth through Expo School Programme. 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.

World Majlis

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.


With 15.8 million visitors welcomed in 2017 and up to 25 million tourists a year expected by 2025, Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for tourists and business travellers. Dubai International Airport’s traffic reached 88.2 million passengers in 2017, making it the world’s busiest airport for international passengers.

Located within an eight-hour flight of two-thirds of the world’s population, Dubai is a gateway between east and west. Home to more than 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.