CategoryInternational Registered exhibition
Dates01/10/2021 - 31/03/2022
ThemeConnecting Minds, Creating the Future
Official DesignationExpo 2020 Dubai
Following a vote of the BIE's Member States, the General Assembly of the BIE approved the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai on 29 May 2020. As a result, the dates of Expo 2020 Dubai have officially changed to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022. The event will keep the name “Expo 2020 Dubai”.
In November 2013, Member States of the BIE elected the UAE to host World Expo 2020 in Dubai.
On 29 May 2020, the Member States approved the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai. As a result, the dates of Expo 2020 Dubai officially changed to 1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022. The event will keep the name “Expo 2020 Dubai”.
Bringing the world together in a spirit of hope and with a shared purpose to seek solutions to humanity's most pressing challenges, the first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region will welcome more than 200 participants, including 190-plus countries, multinational corporations, non-government organisations, as well as millions of visitors from across the planet.
Humanity continues to face major issues, including a global health crisis, climate change and access to basic human rights. Expo 2020 Dubai is an opportunity to reflect, to unite nations to create positive change and find ways to protect our people and planet so that future generations can thrive.
Through its theme, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, and its three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – Expo 2020 Dubai will showcase new ideas and innovations for a better world, while providing an opportunity to marvel at unique architecture and experience a global array of cultures, cuisines and entertainment.
It will also feature dedicated themed weeks held during the Expo that will explore collaborative solutions to some of the world's most pressing 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 is already making a significant impact in Dubai, the UAE and beyond.
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 and solve global challenges.
Expo 2020 Dubai - alongside the hundreds of participants and millions of visitors - will explore the power of connections across the three key subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. These are areas fundamental in shaping our world.
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 site, which will cover a total of 438 hectares, is located in the Dubai South district, near the Al Maktoum International Airport.
The spatial organisation of the site embodies the Expo’s theme and subthemes, drawing inspiration from local urban design, architecture and the natural environment.
The site is designed to resemble three petals connected to Al Wasl Plaza, the iconic centrepiece named after the historic name for Dubai, meaning ‘the connection’. The 150 metre-diameter Plaza will feature a massive domed trellis that will also act as an immersive 360-degree projection surface. It will also connect to the Dubai Metro Route 2020 link and the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion. The petals are Expo 2020’s three Thematic Districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
The concept of sustainability has been integrated into the planning of the site and its use both during and after the Expo. 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.
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 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 is deploying 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 25 Best Practices in five different categories have been selected by an international jury, jointly chaired by the Secretary General of the BIE, and will be showcased in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sustainability Pavilion.
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.
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 welcomed 16.7 million visitors in 2019, and in October 2019, it was named one of Lonely Planet’s 10 must-visit destinations for 2020, with Expo 2020 Dubai cited as a key reason to visit the city.
Dubai is the ideal setting for Expo 2020, which aims to offer the world a glimpse of what the future will look like.