Dubai is nearly ready to host an estimated 25 million visitors at Expo 2020. The countdown has begun, with construction and marketing in full swing, as less than a year is left before the launch of this huge international event on 20th October 2020. World expos are organised every five years and typically last for six months. The previous one was held in Milan, Italy. This is the first time that Dubai and an Arab nation is hosting the show, which attracts the attention of governments around the globe, as they invest large amounts of money to represent their country at this world fair.
Expo 2020 Dubai - with its live performances by A-list stars, festivals, art installations, food outlets, technology exhibits, parks for kids and more -- will cater to visitors’ varied needs and interests. It is being promoted as ‘The Greatest Show in the World’.
Expo 2020 Dubai Timings and Transportation
From 20th October 2020 to 10th April 2021, the Expo 2020 site will open from 9am-1am, on all weekdays (Sundays-Thursdays) and from 10am-2am on Fridays, Saturdays and special days.
The expo site, located in Dubai South district, is close to Maktoum International Airport and provides easy access to Dubai International Airport. The site will also have its own dedicated metro line which will be able to accommodate nearly 40,000 passengers every hour.
Expo 2020 Dubai Tickets
From April 2020, the general public will be able to purchase tickets from the Expo 2020 official website, through a network of Authorised Ticket Resellers and at the Expo 2020 site entrance. However, eager residents and visitors to the emirate will also be able to buy monthly and season passes from the last quarter of 2019.
Adults, 18 and above, will be able to purchase single-day tickets for AED 120 and a three-day pass (allowing entry on any three days of the expo) for AED 260. These tickets will give them a chance to witness the latest innovations, ideas and technologies; and access live shows and performances (60 per day), special celebrations on Diwali, Christmas and other important days, and more than 200 restaurants and food trucks.
Children, five and below, and senior citizens who are 65 years or older, can attend Expo 2020 for free. People of determination will also be able to enter for free while their caregivers will only need to pay half price. Children and adolescents, between the ages of 6 and 17, and students of any age will be able to avail a special discount of 50 percent.
Participating in Expo 2020
The expo organisers also have a community engagement programme through which Dubai residents can contribute and become ambassadors for Expo 2020. The programme will allow nearly 30,000 UAE residents to get involved in Expo Live’s social development projects or register as volunteers via: volunteers.ae/register.aspx
The Expo 2020 organisers have also provided an Online Marketplace (OMP) through which small and home-based businesses and individuals can network and advertise their products and services. More than 38,000 suppliers from 151 countries have already registered on the OMP.
Expo 2020 Dubai Theme and Pavilions
Since its launch in 1851 in London, the world expo has been held in many countries and has been the birthplace of many new inventions, brands and ideas, such as the typewriter, the television, The Eiffel Tower in Paris, the Seattle Space Needle and so on. The aim of this event is to improve people’s understanding of the latest developments in arts, culture, science and technology.
Each world expo has its own theme. The theme for the Dubai Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ while the subthemes are Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. There will be three thematic districts at the expo site based on these themes, with thematic pavilions comprising interactive exhibitions, art installations, performance venues and innovation galleries. Expo 2020 Dubai will witness the participation of 192 countries and each country will have its own uniquely designed pavilion providing a deeply immersive experience. The UAE pavilion, designed by Santiago Calatrava, will look like a falcon in flight. It will help enlighten visitors on the country’s history, culture and vision for the future. Other countries are also making huge investments in setting up their pavilions in order to contribute towards the world’s progress and future.