In 2020, Dubai will be the first country in the Middle East to organize the 35th world exhibition. The Dubai Expo 2020 world exhibition, which is better known internationally as the World Expo. It will take place between October 20, 2020 and April 10, 2021 on a specially built complex. During the Dubai Expo the participating countries and companies from the public and private sector can profile themselves in the field of technology, economy and socio-cultural.
Participants Dubai Expo 2020
In total, more than 200 countries and organizations will participate in the world exhibition during the Expo 2020. Not only the countries themselves but also companies from those countries can put themselves in the spotlight. The theme of the Expo 2020 in Dubai is “Connecting minds, creating the future” where many countries will focus entirely on sustainability, clean energy and circularity. This slogan is supported by the three themes of mobility, opportunities and sustainability. The Expo 2020 in Dubai will also be the first world exhibition with a green footprint and be built as climate-neutral as possible.
Beside the countries, there are also more than 280 press agencies present at the Expo which will provide the necessary media attention.
The following countries indicated to be present at the Expo 2020 in Dubai:
Democratic Republic of Congo
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
United Arab Emirates
Expo 2020 Dubai location
The world exhibition in Dubai will take place in a 438 hectare area that lies between Dubai and Abu Dhabi, on the western border of Dubai near the Al Maktoum International Airport.
The design of the Expo was made by the American architectural firm HOK where a large square called Al Wasl, which is Arabic for the connection, is central. This central square is surrounded by three large buildings in where the pavilions of the countries can be found. The three buildings each have their own theme, the Mobility District, Opportunity district and the Sustainability District. There is an Expo Village, a shopping mall, a playground for children and a station on the grounds of the Expo 2020 in Dubai.
Every country is free to design their own pavilion, so Finland got the inspiration for their pavilion from snow, which is reflected in the white color of the building. The pavilion of Brazil is inspired by the Rio Negro river which is part of the Amazon region. The pavilion of Austria promises to be special thanks to the 9,000-year-old sand and clay building technique, and the Poland pavilion will have thousands of paper birds hovering over the heads of visitor
Tickets Dubai Expo 2020
Do you want to visit the Dubai Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai in 2020? Then you need a ticket. You can choose from a 1-day ticket or a ticket that gives access to the Expo 2020 for 3 days. With a ticket you can visit the Expo from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. In the weekend, the Expo even open until two in the morning. Every day, 60 live shows can be admired, various performances by world-famous artists at the various stands on the Expo site.
The 1-day ticket costs 33 us dollars for adults, a discount of 50% for children between 5 and 17 years and students. Children under 5 years old, the disabled and 65+ can enter for free. The 3-day ticket costs 71 us dollar per person. For the exact prices you can check the ticket provider.
There will also be tickets for sale which give access to the Expo 2020 for a week, month or season, prices of which will be announced in October 2019. Tickets can be booked via the Expo 2020 website from April 2020.
The election of the Expo
At the 154th general meeting on 26 and 27 November 2013, Dubai was preferred by 116 of the 164 voting members of the Bureau International des Expositions. Thanks to the Expo, Dubai is the first city in the Middle East that is allowed to organize a world exhibition. Authorities in Dubai expect to attract 19 billion dollars in investments through the event in 2015 and 2021, AP reports. The costs are estimated at just over 6.7 billion dollars
In 2015, during the previous universal world exhibition, Milan was the host of the Expo. The Expo before that took place in the Chinese city of Shanghai. In addition to universal world exhibitions, specialized world exhibitions are also organized. The last one was in Yeosu in South Korea in 2012, with oceans as the subject. However, the universal world exhibition is no longer as popular as events like the World Cup or the Olympic Games, but it remains an opportunity for countries to show themselves to millions of people around the world. Sometimes a building is made especially for the event, such as the Atomium in Brussels or the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
The Expo brings a lot of employment to Dubai. The expectation is that with the arrival of the Expo 2020, more than 275,000 jobs will be created in Dubai between 2013 and 2021, of which around 40% in tourism. It is expected that during the world exhibition about 25 million visitors are coming, 175,000 visitors per day.