EXPO2020: everything you need to know

EXPO2020: everything you need to know

EXPO2020: everything you need to know

Expo2020 is more commonly known as the Universal Exhibition. An international event that has been held every 5 years since the year 2000. The last one was the Milan Expo in 2015.

The origins of the World’s Fair

Originally, the World’s Fair was an event created in the 19th century and organized by the Bureau International des Expositions.

The first World’s Fair took place in 1851 in London, with 14,000 exhibitors and 6 million visitors.

At each World’s Fair, a monument, an innovation or a new product like Ketchup are revealed to the general public. When France hosted the World’s Fair in 1889, it was the Eiffel Tower that was inaugurated and in 1958 in Brussels, it was the Atomium that was revealed to the public.

            A launch postponed by one year

For Dubai, the Expo2020 was initially scheduled for October 20, 2020, hence the name given to it: Expo2020. Unfortunately, the worldwide health crisis due to Covid-19 has pushed the Emirates to postpone the opening date to October 1st 2021.

This year, no less than 192 countries have gathered for 182 days (6 months in total) in the southern region of Dubai, more commonly known as Dubai South.

The organizers expect more than 25 million visitors from all over the world.

Expo2020, but for what purpose?

A World’s Fair allows participants to showcase their country, their technological advances, to put in the spotlight their innovations and progress in all areas: economic, industrial, artistic, etc..

In addition to highlighting the skills of participating countries, it is also an excellent showcase for the host country to shine internationally.

Each country is present on the exhibition site in a pavilion in its honor that visitors can come and see and immerse themselves in its culture and innovations.

Why is Expo2020 being held in Dubai?

November 27, 2013 was the day everything changed for the Emirates. November 27, 2013 marks the day Dubai won the right to host the World Expo 2020. On this occasion, spectacular fireworks are fired from the Burj Khalifa – the tallest tower in the world. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum promises that Dubai “will amaze the world”. And it’s a promise kept, because after 7 years of construction and reflection it is finally a city with a revolutionary architecture that was born in the middle of the desert. A city, ready to welcome residents and visitors from all over the world.

Located in the southern region of Dubai and close to Al Maktoum airport, Expo2020 is easily accessible by transportation with the extension of the metro line and by private transportation.

This year’s theme for Expo2020 Dubai is “Connecting Minds, Building the Future” with three sub-themes of sustainability, mobility and opportunity. Dubai is betting big on these six months, they hope to attract tourists from around the world.

It should be noted that Expo2020 is the first World Expo to be held in the MEASA region (Middle East, Africa and South Asia). And to top it all off, it will mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the United Arab Emirates (1971).

What will we visit?

From 1/10/2021 to 31/03/2022, Expo2020 Dubai will host 192 countries from all over the world: Africa, Europe, Asia, the Americas, etc.
Each of these 192 countries has its own exhibition pavilion, which will be an opportunity for visitors to tour the world in a few days (because yes, the exhibition site is huge and one day will not be enough to tour all the pavilions).

Each pavilion consists of several rooms, a souvenir store and sometimes even a restaurant representing the local cuisine of the country in question. For example, at the French Pavilion you can travel to France with the Paris-Versailles Café.

The United Arab Emirates pavilion represents a falcon taking flight.

The participating countries have been preparing for years to present their best to the world and share their culture and history with the visitors.

Each visitor will be able to Learn, Discover, Enjoy and Express themselves.

And what else?

Expo2020 is not only pavilions but also concerts, shows, recreational activities and many stores and restaurants.

If you visit Expo2020 you will have the chance to see :

  • Culture and Shows: every day at Expo2020 you will be able to attend activities and shows on the different stages of the site. Regularly, international stars will perform on stage. Each pavilion will also present shows and activities specific to their country;
  • Architecture: Expo2020 is an architectural beauty in itself. From Al Wasl Plaza, to the waterfalls, to the UAE pavilion, Expo2020 is full of wonders around every corner;
  • Gastronomy: you can taste all the cuisines of the world. Choose the pavilion of your choice and treat your taste buds. There are more than 200 restaurants, kiosks, cafes, bars, etc.;
  • Events: every week conferences are organized with speakers specialized in their field on different topics.

Practical information

           For the schedules

  • 7/7
  • From Saturday to Wednesday: from 10:00 am to 00:00 am
  • Thursday and Friday: from 10:00 am to 2:00 am

            For the rates

  • Current offer: 50% discount from Sunday to Thursday
  • Season Pass: AED 495 (adults 18-59)
  • Multi-day pass: AED 195 (adults 18-59)
  • 1-day ticket: AED 95 (adults 18-59)
  • Premium Experience: AED 1,750 (valid only for adults 18-59)

            Admission to Expo2020 is free

  • For people under 18 years old
  • For adults over 60 years old
  • For students
  • For people with disabilities (50% discount for the accompanying person)

More information on the EXPO2020 website

Much more than a simple exhibition, Expo2020 encourages the world to think about and address the most important global issues.

The climate emergency is one of the global issues in which the UAE is involved. The architecture of their pavilion reflects this commitment, over 15,000 m2 covered with photovoltaic panels.

The Expo2020 will serve to strengthen the diplomatic weight of the United Arab Emirates in the world.

And finally, at the cultural level, the Emirates are part of a dynamic strategy of cultural diplomacy. Indeed, Al Wasl Plaza dome represents a 360 degrees dome offering the largest projection surface in the world, for unforgettable immersive experiences.

If you are still hesitating to visit the Emirates, Expo2020 is the perfect excuse for a trip to Dubai.

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