An Ultimate Guide to Expo 2020 Dubai – Facts & Statistics

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Feb 3 2022 at 10:36am

Covid-19 was a major blow to the economies of many countries across the globe. At the same time, Dubai was one of the few cities that stood resilient to suppress the pandemic. While large scale vaccinations are happening globally, many anticipated projects are resuming – Expo 2020 Dubai is one of them.


While the world’s greatest show is about to begin in a couple of weeks, you might be wondering about what exactly lies in store. To help you out, we have created a comprehensive guide to the Dubai Expo 2020.

What is Dubai Expo 2020?

Expo 2020 Dubai is a World Expo that will take place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It is a mega international event in terms of scale, duration, and visitor count. Expo Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, as well as the first to be hosted by an Arab country. It is a celebration and a venue that brings individuals from all over the world together to connect, share ideas, learn, and invent.

Expo 2020 seeks to raise awareness about the worldwide issues that mankind faces. It provides several possibilities for networking and the promotion of international connections. Individual pavilions will be set up at Expo 2020, with countries exhibiting their unique cultures and technical innovations. Dubai is expecting 190 nations to participate, with a projected 25 million tourists from all around the world. Visitors will be able to experience Emirati hospitality as well as the UAE’s principles of inclusiveness, tolerance, and collaboration during the Dubai Expo 2020.

What is the Purpose of an Expo?

An expo’s goal is to bring countries together for collaborative initiatives that help to accelerate and promote ideas that enhance people’s lives while also conserving the environment. Moreover, an expo attracts tens of millions of people, providing opportunities for countries to erect spectacular pavilions, and alter the host city for years.

Expos are unrivalled among international events in terms of size, scope, duration, and visitor numbers in the contemporary period. They are large-scale educational and development platforms that act as a link between governments, businesses, international organizations, and individuals.

Impact of COVID-19 on Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020 was scheduled to begin in October. When the pandemic shut everything down, the BIE General Assembly voted remotely for a postponement of the expo, as suggested by the UAE government. Expo 2020 organizers stated that their collective goal is to deliver an expo that is true to its time, but only when the time is right. After the discussions, they decided that the Dubai Expo’s opening should be postponed by a year to allow them to overcome the challenge.

Expo 2020 Dubai Date

Expo 2020 Dubai was originally scheduled from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the exhibition will now take place from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, with a one-year delay. 

Expo 2020 Dubai Timings

Dubai Expo 2020 will be open seven days a week. You can enter from 10:00 AM to 12:00 AM on Saturday to Wednesday, and 10:00 AM to 02:00 AM on Thursdays, Fridays, and on special days.

“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”

Expected Visits




What is a Global Expo?

World Expos, also known as International Registered Exhibitions, are a worldwide gathering of nations dedicated to finding solutions to today’s most urgent issues by taking visitors on a journey through a universal theme via engaging and immersive activities. The Global Expos which are conducted once every five years is an amazing opportunity for the host country to attract visitors and engage with countries worldwide. 

First held in London in 1851, it is now governed by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) and serves as a platform for countries to display their most recent technical, scientific, cultural, social, and economic achievements. An expo is not only a fantastic way to meet people from all over the world, but it’s also a great place to see the finest of art, culture, geography, science, technology, innovation, and invention.

Famous Innovations launched at the World Expo

The first expo witnessed the debut of steam engines, as well as a variety of other innovations that would go on to characterize the age that followed. Following that, each expo has witnessed innovations that have astounded audiences and altered the globe as a whole.

The washing machine debuted at the 1855 Paris expo, whereas the telephone debuted at the 1876 Philadelphia expo. Many contemporary comforts, such as the x-ray machine, the diesel engine, broadcast television, the first touchscreen gadget, and even humanoid robots, were first introduced to the public during the expos.

Expos Over The Years

The previous global expo was held in 2015, in Milan, Italy. “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” was the topic of that year. Representatives from 145 nations were among the attendees at the exhibition. The theme of the 2010 Expo in Shanghai was “Better City, Better Life.” 192 countries participated in the 2010 Expo, which set a new record for participation.

In the year 2000, the exhibition was held in Hanover, Germany. Almost 180 countries were represented at this exhibition. The expo was held in Seville, Spain, in 1992, with the theme “The Age of Discovery.” The exhibition in 1992 drew representatives from nearly 100 nations. In the year 2025, the next World Expo will be held in Osaka, Japan.

The Bids for Dubai Expo 2020

Several cities, including Yekaterinburg in Russia, Izmir in Turkey, Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Dubai competed to host the 2020 Expo. On November 27, 2013, Dubai defeated Yekaterinburg in a popular vote. The city will host the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia’s first Expo.

Three Core Themes of Expo 2020 Dubai

The theme for the event is Connecting Minds, Creating The Future” and Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity are the sub-themes.

1. Sustainability District

Grimshaw Architects designed the sustainability pavilion ‘Terra’ at the Sustainability District. Terra encourages guests to explore the depths of the ocean, deep woods, and creative renditions of the world’s natural treasures. The pavilion seeks to motivate visitors to take little and large steps toward a more sustainable future in order to combat climate change.

2. Mobility District

‘Alif’, a pavilion dedicated to future travel options, space exploration, and how digital integration allows guests to explore new horizons. The pavilion contains a 330-meter circuit called the Mobility Track, which features demonstrations of modern mobility technologies.

3. Opportunity District

‘Mission Possible’, the opportunity pavilion focuses on making connections and connecting visitors to social innovators who have made a difference in people’s lives across the world. Visitors will also discover a youth empowerment initiative in the pavilion, which aims to encourage young creators.

The logo of Expo 2020 Dubai was unveiled in March 2016 by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. The ring-shaped logo was inspired by an ancient gold artifact, which was unearthed at the archeological site of Saruq Al Hadid in 2002. The site from where the 4000 year old ring was found was discovered by Sheikh Mohammed himself after he noticed the terrain differences of the area while he was flying over it. 

By choosing this logo for Expo 2020, the host country hopes to convey the connection between the past and the future of the UAE. While it pays a tribute to the country’s past, it also emphasizes the nation’s extraordinary vision for the future. The logo is a symbol of heritage, connectivity, and resilience. 

Mascots for the Dubai Expo 2020

The mascots for the Expo 2020 Dubai are Salama, Rashid, Latifa, Alif, Opti and Terra. Also, to carry on the legacy of the expo, more than 80% of the site will be retained and maintained as a city called ‘District 2020.’

Dubai Expo 2020 Facts and Statistics

Expo 2020 is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to celebrate ideas, culture, cooperation, and innovation. This is the first World Expo to be hosted in the Arab world and is also the largest event ever held in the region. Everything about the event is in superlatives since it is truly a gigantic scale and dimensions event. The pavilions are the size of 600 football fields, and the projected number of attendees is estimated to be 25 million.

Dubai Expo 2020 – Area & Location

The exhibition site is spread out over 438 hectares, or the equivalent of 600 football fields, in Dubai’s South region. The property is in close proximity to Al Maktoum International Airport. The region measures 4 kilometers in length and 1.8 kilometers in width.

How Can You Reach The Location?

You can reach the expo location by Metro, bus, taxi, or car. However, vehicles are not allowed inside the Expo site. The visitors will need to park their vehicles at the parking lots allotted for the Expo from where they can reach the nearest gate using shuttle service. There are three main entrances, which are only a 20-minute drive from Dubai Marina. The Metro takes you directly to the expo site. Take a look at how you can reach the expo through different transport means.

1. Metro Station

The quickest and most eco-friendly way to get there. The Dubai Metro Red Line connects the city of Dubai with the Expo 2020 entrance. The Expo Station opens at 06:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Thursdays, and at 09:15 a.m. on Fridays. The Expo Station’s latest departures are at 00:00 Saturday to Wednesday and 01:00 Thursday to Friday.

2. Expo Rider Buses

A dedicated public bus service will transport you to and from the Expo 2020 venue. It’s free for Expo 2020 guests, and you can catch it from a variety of sites around Dubai and the United Arab Emirates. Just keep in mind where it leaves you off because you’ll have to return from the same gate!

3. By Taxi

Taxis and automobile rentals are numerous in Dubai. Taxis may be hired over the phone, however, downloading the Careem or Uber app is the most convenient option. For rides departing from the Expo grounds, there will be a beginning flat cost of AED 20.

4. By Car

If you’re driving to Expo 2020, you may access the site from all main highways. Parking is free. Entry times are 08:30 to 00:30 Saturday to Wednesday and 08:30 to 02:30 Thursday to Friday and special days. Here are the four main parking zones at the expo. 

– Opportunity parking zone (from E77 Expo Road)

– Dubai Exhibition Centre parking zone (from E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road)

– Mobility parking zone (from E311 Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed Road)

– Sustainability parking zone (from E77 Expo Road or D54 Zayed Bin Hamdan al Nahyan)

Things to do at Expo 2020 Dubai 

When it comes to the question, what can I do at Expo 2020, there is no shortage of options. 192 countries will have their country pavilions at Expo 2020 and each of them, designed to be rich in culture, history, and hospitality, will give you the feel of a real visit to the countries. Moreover, the pavilions in themselves are architectural marvels and will leave you spellbound with their innovative design and construction.

But keep in mind that you may have to wait in long queues to enter some pavilions. So, it’s best to plan in advance about the pavilions you want to visit. We suggest you download the Dubai Expo 2020 app so that you can find your way through the Expo site conveniently. 

If you are an art enthusiast, you can watch several live shows which will be conducted every day. There will be musical events, theatres, sports events, and national day celebrations! For tech enthusiasts, Expo 2020 will be nothing less than an island of treasures. With the event showcasing augmented reality, robotics, autonomous vehicles, and other futuristic technologies, you will have a chance to experience the tech of tomorrow. 

For kids, the Expo site will have two parks. And you can also take your tastebuds on a ride around the world with the diverse cuisines from different countries that will be available at Expo 2020. Moreover, a special sector called “Eat At Expo” lets food lovers learn to bake bread on their own apart from providing different cuisines to enjoy. 

Event Details of Expo 2020 Dubai

Over a million people have signed up to attend the event, and over 25 million people are expected to attend, with over 70% of attendees coming from outside the UAE. The event is projected to result in the creation of 270,000 new employment in the country.More than 200 restaurants from across the world will be represented, as well as more than 60 daily live events. On weekdays, the hours will be 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., and 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on weekends and special days. The Chairman of the Expo 2020 Dubai Higher Committee is Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum. The event’s main website is 

Theme Weeks

During Expo 2020’s six months run, 10 theme weeks will explore humanity’s most pressing issues and opportunities through cultural, social, and economic perspectives. Visitors can participate in the making of a new world via discussions on issues that decide the future of the planet. Here are the 10 theme weeks:

Week Theme
October 3 to 9, 2021 Climate and Biodiversity
October 17 to 23, 2021 Space
October 31 to November 6, 2021 Urban and Rural Development
November 14 to 20, 2021 Tolerance and Inclusivity
December 12 to 18, 2021 Knowledge and Learning
January 9 to 15, 2022 Travel and Connectivity
January 16 to 22, 2022 Global Goals
January 27 to February 2, 2022 Health and Wellness
February 17 to 23, 2022 Food, Agriculture and Livelihoods
March 20 to 26, 2022 Water

Dubai Expo 2020 Pavilion

Pavilions from 192 nations will be present during the event. There are five pavilions in the Centre. China, Africa, and the Pacific area will have the largest pavilions. One of the biggest attractions will be the UAE pavilion. It depicts the silhouette of a falcon, the UAE’s national bird. Santiago Calatrava, a Spanish architect, designed this pavilion.

Impact on the Economy

Between 2013 and 2031, the Dubai Expo is expected to boost the UAE economy by AED 122.6 billion, resulting in the creation of around 905,200 job-years. The UAE’s GDP will increase by 1.2 per cent in 2019-20 as a result of this occurrence.

The initial economic benefit is due to the event’s building activities, but the expo’s legacy will be a huge boost to the economy it will offer through supporting infrastructures developed particularly for the event, such as roads, bridges, and the Dubai Metro Route 2020 line. In the pre-expo period, the UAE’s small and medium industries got AED 4.7 billion as an investment.

Dubai Expo 2020 Ticket Price

The daily ticket costs AED 95 and is valid for just one day. Season passes which provide unlimited access for the whole six months of Expo 2020 are available at AED 495. Multi-day tickets are priced at AED 195 and offer unrestricted entry for 30 consecutive days. Children under the age of 18, people who are determined, students with valid ID cards from recognized academic institutions, and individuals aged 60 or above will be admitted free of charge. A premium experience pass intended for business people costs AED 1750.

Master card debit and credit card holders can obtain a 25% discount on Season passes. Family packages are also available for AED 950, which include unlimited access for two parents and a nanny, as well as discounts on food and drinks, a 25% discount on five additional tickets, and a photography voucher.

The October Pass, which costs the same as a day ticket, grants visitors access to 192 country pavilions, up to 60 live activities per day, and more than 200 food and beverage outlets for 31 days. This offer is valid till October 15th, 2021.

How to get Tickets for Dubai Expo 2020?

You can get tickets from the official website of expo 2020 Dubai ( 

Expo 2020 Dubai Facts that might Surprise You

  • Expo 2020 Dubai site is equivalent to the size of 600 soccer pitches.
  • An AIoT-powered golden robot ‘Opti’ serves as the guardian of Opportunity Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • All countries participating in Expo 2020 Dubai will be permitted to celebrate their national day or honour day during the 6-month event hosted in Al Wasl Plaza.
  • Over 30,000 volunteers form the backbone of Expo 2020 Dubai, Emiratis constituting 61 percent and UAE residents of various nationalities comprising the remainder.
  • The Disc-shaped Sustainability Pavilion designed by Grimshaw Architects is entirely powered by solar energy.
  • Expo 2020 Metro station features an aircraft wing design and transports visitors to the Expo entrance gate. This is the final station on Dubai’s new Route 2020 and can hold 29,000 passengers per hour during peak hours.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai will host the FIDE World Chess Championship Final from November 24 to December 16, 2021.  Reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi will compete for prize money of 2 million euros.
  • UAE is all set to celebrate its Golden Jubilee week at Dubai Expo 2020 from December 5, 2021 to December 11, 2021.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai is all set to run 10 theme weeks addressing global challenges.
  • On Thursdays and Fridays, the Dubai Expo 2020 site will remain open later, with music concerts and events starting as late as 10.30 p.m.
  • The Austrian pavilion is composed of 38 cones that are lined with clay and reeds on the inside to keep visitors cool during Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • The rapid-response ambulance centre at Dubai Investments Park is equipped with 5 emergency vehicles to serve people visiting Expo 2020.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai in conjunction with International Youth Day features a Youth Pavilion designed and managed by Youth.

What COVID Rules are in Place for Expo 2020 Dubai?

To ensure visitor safety, the expo organizers have implemented a number of precautionary measures across the site. Check out the Covid rule in place for the Dubai expo.

Before coming to Expo

If you have any COVID-19-related health problems, have been in direct contact with someone who has been confirmed as COVID-19 positive, or is under any quarantine/self-quarantine orders, please do not attend Expo 2020.

Entry requirements

Visitors must show confirmation of any immunization recognized by their national government or a negative PCR test conducted within the last 72 hours if they are 18 or older.


Non-vaccinated ticket holders who have not been tested within this time frame can use the testing facility located near the Expo 2020 site. The results take around four hours. On presentation of any valid ticket, the PCR test will be provided free of charge.

On-site measures

  • Face masks must be worn at all times
  • Individuals should be separated by at least two meters.
  • All venues and common areas are cleaned and sanitized on a regular basis.
  • Hand sanitizer stations are located throughout the facility at regular intervals.
  • On-site medical facilities and specialists are ready to deal with any potential medical concerns.

What are the Visa Regulations for Dubai Expo 2020?

From 30 August 2021, the UAE has begun issuing tourist visas to vaccinated visitors from all countries who have received complete doses of the covid-19 vaccine approved by the World Health Organization. Tourists would also be required to take a quick PCR test at the airport.

Expo 2020 does not require a separate visa; instead, Dubai e-Visas are utilized to go to the expo and may be obtained in 3 to 5 working days. The expo just requires expo tickets and a Dubai tourist visa.

What are The Attractions Guests Can Enjoy? 

The Dubai Expo has something for everyone – whether you are looking for business opportunities, wish to channel your creativity, unleash your inner techie, or dive into a world of flavors. Take a look at the main attractions at the expo.

1. Theme Weeks that address global issues

Join an exciting exchange of new views on the world’s most pressing issues and possibilities, ranging from climate change to connectivity, space exploration to the future of human health, and more.

2. Technology and innovation

Unleash your inner techie, learn about life-changing technologies, and immerse yourself in a high-tech world that is truly connected.

3. Entertainment

From opera to A-listers, pop-up theatres to flash mobs, parades to national day festivities, there’s something for everyone.

4. Food and a way of life

Enjoy a culinary universe where flavor knows no bounds. Learn how everything from climate change to technology is affecting the way we source and cook.

5. Architecture

See a variety of architectural marvels in one location, including the world’s biggest 360-degree projection surface and over a hundred different country pavilions.

6. Business and entrepreneurship

Schedule worldwide investment forums, investor pitching conferences, motivational speeches, and more.

7. Education programmes

The expo brings kids and instructors from all across the UAE together for a once-in-a-lifetime educational and cultural exchange.The city of Dubai will be the focus of the world during the period of this expo and this is the perfect time to boost your marketing activities in the city. If you are looking to maximize the efficiency of your marketing campaigns you need to look no further. With over 21 years of experience in running digital marketing campaigns in the UAE, Global Media Insight can be the perfect partner for all your marketing activities. Get in touch with your requirements today!

What Will Happen to the Expo Site After March 2022?

Keeping up with the message of Expo 2020 regarding sustainability, the Expo site will be maintained even after the Expo is over in March 2022. Around 80% of the Expo’s infrastructure will become a part of District 2020. The Sustainability Pavilion will be transformed into a Children and Science Centre. A commercial building will be made out of the Mobility Pavilion. And the UAE Pavilion will remain as it is, under the management of the UAE government. In essence, the Expo site will become a symbol of innovation and pioneership. 

Christmas Attractions at Expo 2020 Dubai

The biggest celebration of the year, Christmas, is around the corner. As the whole world is gearing up to celebrate, Dubai is stealing the show with its spectacular Christmas attractions at Expo 2020. Transforming the Expo site into a true winter wonderland, the festive preparations are going all the way to curate an unforgettable Christmas experience for kids and adults alike. Excited to know what Expo 2020 has in store for Christmas celebrations? Read on!

A Christmassy Al Wasl Plaza

With its dome transformed to look like a giant snow globe, Al Wasl Plaza is donning the true spirit of Christmas. Inside the plaza, a 20m tall Christmas tree located at its centre will be a major attraction. The 360-degree projection dome will be a delight to your eyes, with massive baubles hanging from its arches. The Plaza will also have Santa’s Grotto, a life-sized reindeer sleigh, and cheerful elves to complete the picture. 

Al Wasl Plaza will also host thrilling entertainment events. Particularly exciting are the live performances in the evening from December 20-29, conducted by a cast of 70. The live play will have an interesting narrative, filled with songs and dances. The story will revolve around Mrs Claus and elves, and their journey of choosing the perfect Christmas gift for Santa. 

Santa is Coming!

Taking the Christmas celebrations at Expo 2020 Dubai to the next level will be none other than Santa Claus himself! Santa will be arriving in Dubai from the North Pole to celebrate Christmas and will tour the Expo grounds from December 17-22. Santa will be ready to meet you at the Finland pavilion and will also pay visits to other pavilions. 

And in case you miss the chance to meet Santa, you can send him letters. Earth Plaza will have a “Letters to Santa” mailbox where children can post letters to Santa and share their Christmas wish lists with him. 

Winter Market

What’s Christmas without chocolates and baked goodies, right? The Winter Market is a paradise filled with festive meals and treats. Whether you want a warm Christmas beverage, indulge in hot chocolate, or relish eggnog, you can find it all. There will also be seasonal dishes like roasted chestnuts and gingerbread. You can also take part in baking workshops, if you are interested, and learn to make turkeys, cakes and cookies! 

Christmas Parade

The daily Christmas Parade at Ghaf Avenue promises to be filled with fun. Rudolf on the Go dancers, in reindeer costumes, will perform acrobatics and somersaults. Sway pole performers dressed like Christmas trees and stilt walkers as silver bells are sure to have the kids squealing in delight. And the Expo mascots, Rashid and Latifa, will also don Christmas outfits. The Avenue will also have mysterious doorways, which you can knock and enter to listen to carolers singing. 

Movies, Music and Choir

Holding the Christmas spirit high would be movie screenings, music shows, and choir performances. 

Jubilee Stage will take you on a nostalgic ride by screening the famous holiday movies “Home Alone”, “Miracle on 34th Street”, and “Elf” on December 23, 24 and 25 respectively. On Christmas day, Expo’s Christmas Special Late Nights will have Filipina singer Lea Salonga (the voice of Jasmine in Aladdin) perform. British singer-songwriter and pianist, Joe Stilgoe will also be a part of Late Nights @ Expo. London Community Gospel Choir, Britain’s renowned choir band, too will be taking up the stage on December 25.  

Christmas at Expo 2020 is going to be so eventful and spectacular that it is sure to bring out the child in all of us! 

 Expo 2020 Dubai – News Updates

  • “Terry Fox Run”, a charity run to support cancer research in the UAE, will be held at Expo 2020 on Saturday, February 5. 
  • Arsenal players arrived in Dubai for their warm-weather training sessions and took the opportunity to visit the Emirates pavilion at Expo 2020.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan was warmly welcomed at the Expo venue by Sheikh Mohamed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE, and Ruler of Dubai.
  • The visitor numbers at Expo 2020 crossed 11 million between October 1st and January 31st. 
  • From February 4th to 10th, the Indian pavilion will host Kerala week. It will be inaugurated by Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan and aims to improve the business development opportunities of Kerala. 
  • The popular Indian singer, songwriter and composer, Lucky Ali will perform at Expo 2020 Dubai. The concert will be conducted at Jubilee Park on February 5, at 7 pm UAE time. 
  • The Royal Family shows at Expo 2020 have been canceled as cast members tested positive for coronavirus. The New Zealand pavilion made the announcement on Expo 2020 Dubai Twitter account.
  • On Monday, January 31, New Zealand’s famous band Six60 will perform at Expo 2020. The event will take place at the Jubilee stage from 9.30 pm. 
  • On Monday, January 31, Israel National Day will be celebrated at Expo 2020 Dubai. Israeli president Isaac Herzog will attend the National Day celebrations. 
  • On Sunday, a kite flying event called “My Butterfly Kite Flying” was conducted at Al Forsan Park, sponsored by the Malaysian Pavilion to spread the message of sustainability. 
  • On January 30, Armenian National Day was celebrated at Expo 2020 Dubai. Official ceremonies, cultural programs, and colourful performances marked the celebrations. 
  • Expo 2020 Dubai sponsors a camel racing festival between January 29 and February 2. The races will take place across both the Al Marmoum Camel Race track in Dubai and the Al Wathba track in Abu Dhabi, and the event will be open to the public. 
  • The Pakistan Pavilion attracts attention by unveiling a part of the world’s largest copy of the Holy Quran created by award-winning artist Shahid Rassam.
  • On 23rd January, Luxembourg celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai. 
  • To celebrate International Day of Education, Austria brings young innovators from the country for a 3-day expedition to Expo 2020 Dubai. 
  • From January 24 to January 26, the Israel pavilion will host a three-day transport event, which will be attended by C-level executives of transport companies and authorities from Israel and the UAE.
  • The Pakistani pavilion launched a film festival. 11 Pakistani movies will be screened during the festival which will take place at multipurpose hall every Friday and Saturday. It will run till February 26. 
  • The Hit Music Festival at Expo 2020 Dubai had musicians from South India delight the crowd with a seven hour long musical event on Saturday. 
  • Dubai Exhibition Center is hosting the “Emirates 2022 World Stamp Exhibition” which showcases around 175 exhibits from 27 countries. This first international philatelic exhibition in the region was inaugurated on Wednesday at Expo 2020 Dubai. 
  • On January 19, Malta celebrated its National Day at Expo 2020 Dubai with a number of programmes highlighting the country’s culture and heritage. 
  • From January 14 to 30, the Middle East’s first-ever vegan food festival will be conducted at the Festival Garden at Expo 2020 Dubai. 
  • The number of visitors at Expo 2020 Dubai reaches 10,188,769. Moreover, over 65 million virtual visits are recorded for the event. 
  • Pakistani singer & actor Ali Zafar and his band will perform at the Jubilee stage on January 20. 
  • The India Pavilion achieves yet another milestone with over 8 lakh footfall recorded as of January 18. 
  • Visitors can see the FIFA Club World Cup Trophy at the Expo site in February and can also have the opportunity to take pictures with it during a series of roadshows that will be conducted across the UAE. 
  • His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, met President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of South Korea at Expo 2020 Dubai. They discussed ways of enhancing bilateral relations in various areas and also witnessed the signing of agreements and MoUs. 
  • On January 16, Expo 2020 Dubai will celebrate 10 million visits and people can join the celebrations with a special entry ticket of AED 10. 
  • The Sustainable Khadi Exposition, scheduled to be conducted on January 17, is postponed in view of the rising Covid cases. 
  • Bharathi Thirumagan, a traditional folk song performer from South India will perform an art form, Villupattu at the India Pavilion on January 14, from 8 pm to 10 pm. 
  • Hungary’s popular group, Csik Band, will play at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre on January 29, from 5.30 pm to 6.30 pm. 
  • Iwal Rock Folk Group will awe the audience with ethereal music inspired by Algerian culture on January 26 at Jubilee Stage, from 9.30 pm to 11 pm. 
  • Peruvian-Mexican singer, Tania Libertad, will present an enchanting performance at Jubilee Stage on January 25, from 9 pm to 11 pm. 
  • Black Eyed Peas will conduct a concert as part of the Infinite Nights series where they will perform their biggest hits. It will take place at Al Wasl Plaza on January 25, from 8.30 pm to 9.30 pm. 
  • National Jazz Orchestra: All That Jazz will play Neopolitan folk songs made by the greatest composers of Italy at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre on January 24, from 9.30 pm to 10.30 pm. 
  • Dancer Eduardo Guerrero will perform a flamenco show, Faro, at Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre on January 18, from 8 pm to 10 pm.
  • Goran Bregovic, a Serbian musician, will put together an upbeat show at Jubilee Stage on January 13, from 7 pm to 9 pm.
  • The yellow passport of Expo 2020, a special souvenir of the event, has sold over one million copies.
  • The World of Coffee Dubai, featuring more than 1000 exhibitors from over 44 countries, is running at Dubai Exhibition Centre, Expo 2020 Dubai till January 14.
  • From October 1 2021 to January 11 2022, a total of 9,529,710 visits have been recorded at Expo 2020.
  • As of 8 January 2022, the Indian pavilion recorded 7,40,356 visitors, which is one of the highest among the participating countries. 
  • UAE government announces the launch of Etihad Rail, the largest integrated rail system across UAE at Expo 2020, Dubai. It will be the first national freight and passenger rail that will connect the seven emirates of UAE and the work is expected to be completed by 2030. 
  • With the UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations attracting a massive crowd, the Expo 2020 Dubai has crossed more than 5.6 million visitors as of Dec 5, 2021. 
  • To commemorate UAE National Day, Expo 2020 Dubai has made an announcement on its website that all visitors will get free entry tickets to Expo on December 2, 2021. 
  • Expo 2020 Dubai launches an exclusive Dh95 pass for December, a month that will be packed with events associated with the UAE at 50 and Christmas celebrations. The pass will include access to a concert performed by American singer-songwriter Alicia Keys. 
  • The India Pavilion at Expo 2020 will organize a “textile week” starting from Friday. India’s Minister of State for Textiles, Darshana V Jardosh, will inaugurate the program virtually. 
  • The 15th edition of the DIFSC(Dubai International Food Safety Conference) opened at the Dubai Expo 2020 on 18/11/21. 
  • On 13 November 2021, World-famous athlete Usain Bolt will participate in a 1.45-kilometre family run at the Expo 2020 Dubai to raise money for charity.
  • The fourth Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) will be held in the UAE from November 22 to 23 at the Expo 2020 Dubai site.
  • Saudi Arabia’s Expo 2020 pavilion marked 500,000 visitors.
  • On 13th December, ABB will display the world’s fastest electric car charger at Expo 2020 Dubai, coinciding with the company’s ABB Day celebrations. 
  • The Dubai Shopping Festival’s 27th edition will be held from December 15, 2021, to January 29, 2022, at the Expo 2020 site. This ultimate shopping bonanza will coincide with both Expo 2020 and the UAE’s 50th Golden Jubilee celebrations.
  • In the first 25 days of Expo 2020 Dubai, the India Pavilion attracted over 128,000 visitors.
  • Emirates Airline passengers can now undergo a free Covid-19 PCR test by producing Expo 2020 Dubai ticket.
  • The popular Arab singers Nancy Ajram and Ragheb Alama will co-headline the second Infinite Nights show on November 12, 2021.
  • AirOwater, a product that makes drinking water from the air was launched at the India pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • AR Rahman’s all-female ‘Firdaus Orchestra’ will perform at Dubai Expo 2020 at 7 pm on October 23 at the Jubilee Stage.
  • Taresh Eid Al Mansouri, Director-Widespread of Dubai Courtrooms, unveiled the ‘Digital Litigation Program’ at Expo 2020 Dubai during a meeting with the Governance Council.
  • The General Directorate of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (GDRFA) in Dubai distributed 5,000 free Expo Dubai 2020 tickets to GDRFA employees on Tuesday.
  • The Israel Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was unveiled on Thursday evening in a glittering ceremony attended by high-profile Emirati and Israeli dignitaries.
  • The Afghanistan pavilion, which features rare artefacts, was opened to visitors on 7 October 2021, Thursday.
  • His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced 6 days paid leave for Federal employees to visit the Dubai Expo 2020.
  • His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Rashid Al Mu’alla, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Umm Al Quwain has announced eight-day paid leave for government employees in Umm Al Quwain to visit Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • His Highness Sheikh Saud bin Saqr Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Ras Al Khaimah has announced 6-day paid leave for government employees in Ras Al Khaimah to attend Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • Red Arrows, the aerobatic team of the UK’s Royal Air Force (RAF) will perform a spectacular 20-minute air show on 8 October 2021 at 4 pm.
  • Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan addressed the stage at Expo 2020 Dubai on Tuesday and delivered a strong message: “ It’s time to stop turning a blind eye to street harassment that most women face.’’
  • At Expo 2020 Dubai, Uganda signed $650m worth business deals in fields of renewable energy, transport, agriculture, mineral processing and manufacturing medical kits.
  • Sheikh Abdulaziz, Chairman of Ajman’s Department of Tourism Development bought 1,000 Expo 2020 Dubai tickets for Ajman government employees at his own expense to encourage them to attend the Expo and develop their professional expertise.
  • GO FIRST (formerly known as GoAir) in association with TripFactory has launched special packages for customers visiting Dubai EXPO 2020.
  • Even after the opening of Dubai Expo 2020, the Afghanistan pavilion remains shut to visitors. It is unknown whether the pavilion would open in the upcoming days during the exhibition.
  • Aishwarya Rai Bachchan will take part in Dubai Expo 2020 on October 5 to promote the Stand Up Against Street Harassment initiative, sponsored by L’Oreal Paris.
  • The Ministry of Presidential Affairs has approved eight days of paid leave for their employees to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, from October 1, 2021, till March 31, 2022.
  • Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, paid a visit to the UAE pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Sunday.
  • Qatar’s pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was unveiled by HE Sultan bin Rashid Al-Khater, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.
  • Piyush Goyal, the Union Minister of Commerce and Industry, will unveil the India Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai on Friday at 6 p.m. Dubai time (4:30 PM IST).
  • The most awaited star-studded ceremony “Expo 2020 Dubai” opened on Thursday with Azan prayers.
  • Abu Dhabi’s powerful Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Dubai ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, and a host of other dignitaries attended the spectacular opening ceremony.
  • Expo 2020 Dubai opening ceremony will feature 910 artists representing 64 nations including the UAE on a 360-degree rotating stage.
  • The opening ceremony of Expo 2020 Dubai will be live-streamed across 430 locations all around UAE, with screens set up in airports, hotels, malls, and other well-known landmarks.
  • Visitors from all over the world can watch the night’s performances live on the virtual Expo website and Expo TV at 7:30 p.m. GST. It will be live-streamed on the company’s website, YouTube channel, and Facebook page.
  • The fireworks display will take place on the evening of Friday 1 October, kicking off at 8.30 pm (local time), at Dubai Festival City, The Frame and The Pointe, Palm Jumeirah, with each presenting their own unique celebrations.
  • After a long gap of 4 years, Qatar is all set to take part in the Dubai Expo 2020 under the theme ‘Qatar: The Future is Now.
  • For the first time in the UAE, Talabat has teamed with Terminus Group to introduce autonomous robots at Dubai Expo 2020 for safe, contactless and secure food delivery.
  • Dh95 October Pass has been released by Expo 2020 Dubai. Book before October 15th to avail this offer.
  • Etihad Airways is giving away free Expo 2020 Dubai tickets to all its passengers flying to Abu Dhabi from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.
  • Noura bint Mohammed Al Kaabi, the UAE’s Minister of Culture and Youth, has been appointed the commissioner-general of the UAE Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.
  • The Dubai Government has announced 6 days of paid leave for government employees to visit Expo 2020. The leave can be availed anytime during the period of Dubai Expo 2020 i.e. from October 1, 2021  to March 31, 2022.
  • 15 Indian states and 9 federal ministries have confirmed their participation in Dubai Expo 2020 via the India Pavilion.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

The Middle East, Africa, and South Africa (MEASA) region’s first-ever World Expo is set to take place in Dubai. The Dubai Expo, which had been scheduled to run from October 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, will now commence on October 1, 2021, and last till March 31, 2022. At this time, participation is primarily through country pavilions, as all of the available spaces have been filled. To participate in Dubai Expo 2020, send a brief of your plan to the Country Manager and he will connect you to the respective Pavilion team.

The Expo Passport is essentially a memento in the form of a passport that visitors can use to document their journey to Dubai Expo 2020. To record memories of their trip, visitors can fill their passports with stamps, and autographs.

Most people are wondering why the Dubai Expo is named Dubai Expo 2020 although it is occurring in 2021. The unexpected strike of the Covid-19 pandemic is the reason for the postponement of Expo 2020 Dubai. The initial dates of the world expo were postponed by a year, however, the name remains the same: Expo 2020, not Dubai Expo 2021.

Visitors aged 18 and above must present proof of a COVID-19 vaccination recognized by their home country’s government or a negative PCR test done within the previous 72 hours.

Non-vaccinated ticket holders who have not been tested within this time frame are allowed to use the testing facility located near the Expo 2020 site. It takes about four hours to obtain results. The PCR test will be provided free of charge to all visitors holding a valid Expo 2020 ticket.

The following items are prohibited from being carried into or near the Expo site:

  • Professional filming and photographic equipment with focal lengths more than 30 cm.
  • Food and beverages (except infant food and, special dietary items).
  • Any equipment that emits a laser beam, uses laser pointers, or strobe lights.
  • Noise-making devices (e.g. vuvuzelas, drums, whistles, horns).
  • Any objects suspected of being counterfeit which bear the Expo 2020 emblem, trade name, or other trademarks.
  • Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and drones.
  • Rigid poles and sticks.

There is no dress code for visitors. However, for the UAE’s warm weather, any lightweight, casual and comfortable apparel will be perfect. It is better to avoid excessively tight or revealing clothes.

Note: If you think any of the above is incorrect, please let us know and we will update, amend or make changes accordingly.

Disclaimer: GMI acknowledges that though we try to report accurately, we cannot verify the absolute facts of everything that has been represented on this infographic. The information represented is based on information researched from various sources on the internet. We are not liable for any errors, financial loss, or damages of any kind that may result from the use of, or reliance on, the information herein.

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