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Dubai Expo 2020

Since the first world exhibition in London in 1851, this event takes an important place in the world of business, culture and international relations. Being held for the first time more than a century and a half ago, world Expo will move to the MENA region (Middle East and North Africa) and last for half a year, from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021. During this time, it is expected that 25 million people will visit the exhibition.

What is the Dubai Expo 2020?

In fact, Dubai Expo 2020 is the place where the most innovative developments and ideas from all industries will be presented. More than 190 countries participate in this international event and each of them will have its own pavilion. There will be built 3 thematic districts according to the three sub-themes of the exhibition: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability.

More than 190 countries participate in this international event.

The Expo center itself occupy 438-hectares (1083 acres) and will be located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi cities. To provide this gigantic area with electricity, solar panels will be installed on the facades of the pavilions. That will help to provide more than half of the electrical energy required for the exhibition complex.

According to official data, the World Expo-2020 exhibition in Dubai, approved at the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau on November 27, 2013, will bring the United Arab Emirates 112.6 billion dirhams or $ 33.4 billion. These funds will be used to stimulate the economic development of the country during the next 1à years. Also, during the preparation period and during the Expo 2020, dynamic growth of the labor market is expected: over 200,000 new jobs will be created.

The Dubai Expo may be interesting not only for business but also for anyone interested in innovation, new ideas, and projects of the future. By the way, according to tradition, the country that hosts the exhibition presents to the world community its own large-scale and innovative project that will help change the world for the better. On 2020 Dubai is going to introduce their Solar power project. It should be the largest project in the industry of alternative energy sources and solar panels. Also, there are 82 projects to be set with an aim to make Dubai the happiest city to live in by 2020. Moreover, the tallest skyscraper in the world will be built by the exhibition - its height will surpass the famous Burj Khalifa.

Why visit the Dubai Expo 2020?

Dubai exhibition is about meeting business and the future. It is about taking care of our planet, finding solutions for existing problems, improving the quality of life for us and the next generations. It is about how technology can revolutionize any industry from medicine to tourism and sports. About how international minds are united to make our world a better place.

“Every 5 years an extraordinary opportunity for business takes place somewhere in the world. In 2020 that place is Dubai. And this time opportunity is exceptional. Expo 2020 in Dubai is a place where business meets the future. Where over 1900 nations and millions of visitors connect with thousands of businesses. Where “what if” means “what’s next”. And innovative ideas unlock new doorways to investment. Where you and your business meet the world.”
© Official Dubai Expo 2020 promotional video.
Expo 2020 Dubai | Welcome the Future

The purpose of this exhibition is not only to earn money for the development of the Emirates. Its idea is much more humanistic and noble. It is expressed in several postulates that reflect well the spirit of the event:

  • Clean, fresh drinking water for everyone
  • Intelligent infrastructure
  • Education available for everyone
  • People from all nations working together
  • Creating solutions for a better future.

Surely, apart from businesses, the Expo can be interesting to all the travelers and visitors of the city of Dubai. In addition to 192 pavilions, represented by different countries of the world, there will be other entertainment. Visitors can enjoy numerous street performances, more than 60 live shows daily, dine in one of 200 restaurants or visit a food festival and much more. For the convenience of guests, a 5G internet will be available on the site.

Pavilions at the Dubai Expo 2020

The best architects in the world are working on the construction of the World Expo-2020 center. The project was designed by American companies HOK, Populous, and British Arup. A site for the Expo, which will occupy 438 ga, is situated near the marina of Jebel Ali and not far from the new international airport Al Maktoum.

Expo 2020 Dubai | Pavilions revealed in 2018

The site design as always in Dubai impresses with its size and futurism. As mentioned above, 3 sub-thematic quarters will be built: Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. On these areas, the countries will represent their pavilions. Here are some of the exhibitors:


  • Japan Pavilion Expo 2020
  • Monaco Pavilion Expo 2020
  • Norway Pavilion Expo 2020

Other opportunity pavilions are Belarus Pavilion, Austria Pavilion, Saudi Arabia Pavilion, UK Pavilion, Luxembourg Pavilion, Switzerland Pavilion, and Ukraine Pavilion.


  • Azerbaijan Pavilion Expo 2020
  • Czech Republic Pavilion Expo 2020
  • Brazil Pavilion Expo 2020

Other sustainability pavilions are New Zealand Pavilion, Germany Pavilion, Netherlands Pavilion, Spain Pavilion, Sweden Pavilion.


  • Belgium Pavilion Expo 2020
  • China Pavilion 2020
  • Emirates Pavilion

Other Sustainability pavilions are France Pavilion, Finland Pavilion, Baden-Württemberg Pavilion, Oman Pavilion, and Poland Pavilion.

How to become a volunteer at Dubai Expo 2020?

You can also visit the exhibition as a volunteer. The organizers of the world exhibition Expo 2020 have already begun to hire 30 000 volunteers to serve the guests of the event. According to the organizers, 7 thousand volunteers have already been interviewed, so 23 thousand "posts" are still available to applicants.

Anyone can register on the volunteers.ae portal and get ready for a 20-minute interview. Adult volunteers do not require any special knowledge and skills. The exhibition will provide them with a flexible work schedule: 14 shifts per month, a maximum of 12 hours each.

Documents required to work as a volunteer:

  • Personal photo
  • Passport copy (First Page)
  • Passport copy (Last page, unified number)
  • UAE National ID card copy (front & back)
  • Residency copy (for non-UAE nationals only)

What to see in Dubai during the Expo 2020?

The Expo takes place during the tourist season in UAE - from October to April. At this time, visitors of the city can enjoy all the main tourist activities and attractions of Dubai. Here are the best things to do if you travel to Dubai during the Expo 2020.

  • Burj Khalifa visit
  • Desert Safari Tour
  • City tour with a professional guide
  • Visit water & theme parks
  • Dhow Cruise experience

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