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

The world has never been more connected, and the opportunities for shared thinking, for collective development, and for beneficial trade and commerce have never been greater. Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

The nations and organisations that take part in the Expo, and the millions who visit, will explore the power of connections across the spheres of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – Expo 2020 Dubai’s three subthemes.

• Opportunity : Unlocking the potential within individuals and communities to shape the future.

• Mobility : Creating smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas.

Sustainability : Respecting and living in balance with the world we inhabit.

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 will harness 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.

Through seminars, working groups, meetings and workshops, Expo Live connects the innovators of tomorrow with experts and potential partners. Expo Live’s flagship programme is the Innovation Impact Grant, which funds projects from around the world that reflect Expo 2020’s subthemes and generate social value.

Launched during the preparation phase of the Expo, the projects supported by the Expo Live programme will be presented at Expo 2020 in the Innovation Pavilion and Innovation Labs.

More information can be found on the official website


In the run up to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, organisers are engaging youth through the annual YouthConnect programme. Each year, Expo 2020 invites hundreds of under-25s to get involved in the Expo project by organising YouthConnect sessions where they can contribute their ideas and designs. YouthConnect sessions include educational workshops, inspirational speakers, and the opportunity to explore different career paths leading up to Expo 2020 and beyond.

More information can be found on the website dedicated to the program.

The United Arab Emirates consists of seven Emirates: Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Sharjah, Umm al-Qaiwain, Fujairah, Ajman and Ras Al Khaimah, united on December 2, 1971.

Dubai, once little more than a few humble settlements separated by water, always knew the value of connections. Its original Arabic name Al Wasl, or the ‘connection’, reflected the flow of people, ideas and goods that crossed its territory and is a reminder of the heritage of the greater Arabian Peninsula’s past, a convenient place for mariners and traders to meet in their travels around Near, Middle and Far East as well as between Africa, Asia and Europe.

With 200 nationalities living and working in Dubai, the city is today a nexus for people, nations, goods, institutions, ideas and partnerships.