About Dubai and the UAE

An Expo to reinforce Dubai's position as a world hub

Expo 2020 Dubai will mark the 50th anniversary of the UAE, serving as a springboard from which to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades. In just a short time, Dubai has become one of the world's most modern, innovative and technologically advanced cities in the world, attracting investors and workers from over 200 countries.

With a target of over 25 million visitors for Dubai Expo 2020, of which 17 million are expected to come from overseas, the emirate aims to use the event to reinforce its position as the foremost global business and tourism hub. A part of the site itself will contribute to this goal as it will transform into the Dubai Trade Centre Jebel Ali conference and exhibitions facility after the Expo.

Dubai, an international crossroads

Dubai is currently ranked 7th in the world for international arrivals. In 2013, the city welcomed 11 million international hotel guests and just over 12 million international visitors, registering a 10% growth in volumes over 2012. With 1/3 of the world's population within a 4-hour flight and 2/3 within 8 hours, Dubai provides a truly global hub for Expo 2020. This is further bolstered by its Dubai International Airport - set to become the world's busiest airport by 2015, overtaking London Heathrow – and its Al Maktoum International Airport at Dubai World Central, which on final completion can accommodate up to 220 million passengers per year.

A strong Experience in hosting events

Thanks to its modern infrastructures and connectivity, Dubai has become a regular host of major international events such as IMF/World Bank, the Dubai Airshow and the Dubai International Film Festival thus contributing to the UAE's well-established track record of events.

Over the years, Dubai has also developed an important cultural and artistic scene with the opening of cultural districts and independent galleries, as well as major international events including Art Dubai, The Emirates Festival of Literature and the Dubai Jazz Festival.