Expo 2020

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2020 Dubai
Dubai Expo 2020 Logo.png
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategoryInternational Registered Exhibition
MottoConnecting Minds, Creating the Future
Area438 hectares (1,080 acres)
MascotSalama, Rashid, Latifa, Alif, Opti, and Terra[1]
Countries192 confirmed April 2019[2]
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
AwardedNovember 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
OpeningOctober 20, 2020 (2020-10-20)[3]
ClosureApril 10, 2021 (2021-04-10)[3]
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2015 in Milan
NextExpo 2025 in Osaka
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2017 in Astana
NextExpo 2023 in Buenos Aires
Horticultural expositions
Previous2019 World Horticultural Exposition in Beijing
Next2021 World Horticultural Exposition in Doha

Expo 2020 (Arabic: إكسبو ٢٠٢٠‎) is a World Expo to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, opening on October 20, 2020. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013.


As a World Expo, it may be a maximum of six months in length[4] and adhere to a wide universal theme that applies to all humanity. Past themes of Universal Expositions include "Man and His World" Montreal Expo 67, "The Age of Discovery" Seville Expo 92 and "Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life" Milan Expo 2015.


The main site of Expo Dubai 2020 will be a 438-hectare area (1083 acres) located between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, near Dubai's southern border with Abu Dhabi. The master plan, designed by the American firm HOK,[5] is organized around a central plaza, entitled Al Wasl, enclosed by three large Thematic districts. Each one is dedicated to one of the sub-themes of Expo 2020 – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.[6] Dubai has also been emphasizing on investments in various sectors such as economic growth, real estate, environmental avenues and public affairs. In recent times, Dubai has made major investments in Real Estate[7] as well as introduced a world’s largest Solar Power Project which is all set to start by Expo 2020.[8] Apart from pumping money, the nation is also keen on giving equal prominence to public relationships. The initiative – Dubai Happiness Agenda, has 16 programmes under four themes that sums up 82 projects to be set in the city with an aim to make the city the happiest by 2020.[9] The Dubai Expo 2020 also would see a rise in the GDP as predicted by the International Monetary Fund.[10][11]


The following nations have announced their participation in Expo 2020:

  1.  Algeria
  2.  Australia
  3.  Angola
  4.  Argentina
  5.  Australia
  6.  Azerbaijan
  7.  Austria
  8.  Bahamas
  9.  Bahrain
  10.  Belarus
  11.  Belgium
  12.  Bhutan
  13.  Bulgaria
  14.  Burkina Faso
  15.  Bangladesh
  16.  Brunei
  17.  Brazil
  18.  Canada
  19.  Cambodia
  20.  Cape Verde
  21.  Central African Republic
  22.  Chile
  23.  China
  24.  Colombia
  25.  Cuba
  26.  Cyprus
  27.  Czech Republic
  28.  Congo
  29.  DR Congo
  30.  Denmark
  31.  Dominican Republic
  32.  Djibouti
  33.  Ecuador
  34.  Egypt
  35.  Estonia
  36.  Ethiopia
  37.  France[12]
  38.  Fiji
  39.  Finland
  40.  Greece
  41.  Grenada
  42.  Guinea
  43.  Germany
  44.  Hong Kong
  45.  Hungary
  46.  India
  47.  Indonesia
  48.  Israel
  49.  Italy
  50.  Iran
  51.  Iraq
  52.  Iceland
  53.  Ireland
  54.  Japan
  55.  Jordan
  56.  Kazakhstan
  57.  Kenya
  58.  Kosovo
  59.  Kuwait
  60.  Kyrgyzstan
  61.  Laos
  62.  Lesotho
  63.  Lebanon
  64.  Liberia
  65.  Lithuania
  66.  Luxembourg
  67.  Latvia
  68.  Macau
  69.  Marshall Islands
  70.  Malaysia
  71.  Mauritius
  72.  Monaco
  73.  Mongolia
  74.  Morocco
  75.  Myanmar
  76.  Mexico
  77.  Mozambique
  78.  Nauru
  79.  Netherlands
  80.    Nepal
  81.  Nigeria
  82.  New Zealand
  83.  North Korea
  84.  Norway
  85.  Oman
  86.  Pakistan
  87.  Palestine[13][14]
  88.  Philippines
  89.  Poland
  90.  Portugal
  91.  Peru
  92.  Panama
  93.  Qatar
  94.  Russia
  95.  Romania
  96.  Rwanda
  97.  Senegal
  98.  Singapore
  99.  Sierra Leone
  100.  Slovenia
  101.  Slovakia
  102.  Solomon Islands
  103.  Somalia
  104.  Spain
  105.  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  106.  Saint Lucia
  107.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  108.  Saudi Arabia
  109.  South Korea
  110.  Sweden
  111.   Switzerland
  112.  South Africa
  113.  Sudan
  114.  San Marino
  115.  Sri Lanka
  116.  Taiwan
  117.  Thailand
  118.  Togo
  119.  Tunisia
  120.  Tuvalu
  121.  East Timor
  122.  Turkey
  123.  Turkmenistan
  124.  Tajikistan
  125.  Tanzania
  126.  Ukraine
  127.  United Arab Emirates[15]
  128.  United Kingdom
  129.  United States
  130.  Uganda
  131.  Uruguay
  132.  Uzbekistan
  133.   Vatican City
  134.  Vietnam
  135.  Venezuela
  136.  Yemen
  137.  Zimbabwe

International Participant Meeting (IPM)[edit]

2017 IPM meeting was held on October 2018.

2018 IPM meeting was held on 26-27 Nov 2018 hosted by her excellency Reem Al Hashimi, the Managing Director of Expo 2020 Dubai.


The expo will have a theme called "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future".The expo will also have three subthemes: opportunity, mobility and sustainability,[6] each with its own pavilion. The Opportunity pavilion is designed by Cox Architecture,[16] Mobility by Foster and Partners,[17] and Sustainability by Grimshaw Architects.[18]

Tour of Dubai Expo 2020 site[edit]

Expo 2020 organisers have invited UAE residents to visit the Expo 2020 site as it nears completion. Visitors would board colorful Expo 2020 branded coaches at various pick up points across the UAE. The bus journey includes an introduction to the history of World Expos. At the site, the visitors would disembark at the Visitor Centre for snacks and activities, followed by a tour of the site and its iconic architecture.[19]


The emirate's tourism and hospitality sectors will face new opportunities and challenges in hosting the event. Najeeb Mohammad Saleh, head of the planning research at Dubai Municipality said "We looked at three different scenarios - low, medium and rapid. We have adopted the medium-growth scenario, and expect the population by 2020 to be about 2.8 million."[20] The upcoming Expo 2020 means that most premium hotels will be operating near full capacity through to 2021. Benjamin Moore Middle East is focussed on the UAE’s luxury hospitality segment as the moment. By helping hotels upgrade the paints and coatings they use to more durable products, while simultaneously helping them reduce their maintenance costs.[21]

Emergency care services at Expo 2020 site[edit]

The on-site emergency centre includes an isolation room, emergency care room, ambulances and helicopter services. Rob Cooling, vice president of health, safety and environment at Expo 2020 Dubai stated in a media interview that equipment and preventive measures are in place to manage emergencies. The centre is equipped to provide immediate care and stabilisation in the 'golden hour'. The golden hour in emergency care means the first sixty minutes after an injury or illness when medical care may be most effective.[22]

Property prices[edit]

Following falling property prices, the ruler of Dubai Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, announced slowing down construction to avoid the risk of property prices overtaking its demand.[23]


In November 2019, the UAE permitted Israeli passport holders to enter the country during Expo 2020. Israelis were allowed to have their own pavilion at the event and to even visit the country afterwards.[24]

Bids and bidding[edit]

Once the first city had lodged a bid with the BIE, other cities had six months to respond. In early 2011, Izmir of Turkey and Ayutthaya of Thailand submitted bids to the BIE, initiating the six-month window for other cities to bid. When this window closed on 2 November 2011, there were five prospective cities, with Dubai making a last minute entry. The BIE voted and selected the host city on 27 November 2013.

Five cities originally bid for the slot for a world's fair in 2020, with four remaining: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Yekaterinburg, Russia; Izmir, Turkey; or São Paulo, Brazil. Expo 2020 will represent a first as a Middle Eastern destination will be hosting the event for the first time.[25]

The following cities lodged bids to the BIE for hosting the 2020 EXPO:

São Paulo was eliminated from contention after the first round of votes. Izmir was knocked out in the second. Yekaterinburg lost to Dubai in the third and final round of voting.

Dubai Expo[edit]

UAE selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", sub-themes being Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.[31][32]

"In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a married human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance." Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in support of the bid.

The World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will be the first to be held in the MENA & SA (Middle East and North Africa & South Asia) region. On 27 November 2013, when Dubai won the right to host the expo 2020, fireworks erupted at the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. A national holiday was declared the following day for all educational institutions across the country. The Dubai Ruler promised Dubai would "astonish the world," in 2020. The staging of the world fair and the preparations leading up to it are expected to result in 277,000 new jobs in the UAE, an injection of nearly $40 billion into the economy, and an increase in visitors of at least 25 million and up to 100 million.[33] Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, said that they have the largest laboratory in the region, and can easily research new materials and technologies required for construction.[34] The world's tallest commercial tower to be built in Dubai, in Jumeirah Lake Towers, was given the name "Burj 2020" in honour of the World Expo 2020.[35] Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum also went to the top floor of the Burj Khalifa to wave the UAE flag, a few days after the World Expo 2020 win.[36]

Yekaterinburg Expo[edit]

The Russian bid The Global Mind would have run from May 1 to October 31, and would have been the second largest expo (after 2010 in Shanghai) and intended to "survey world opinion through seven universal questions".[37]

İzmir Expo[edit]

The Turkish bid had a theme of New Routes to a Better World / Health for All and would have run from April 30 to October 31.[38] A Health for All symposium was held in October 2013 for BIE delegates and was to discuss health issues across the world.[39]

São Paulo Expo[edit]

A Brazilian expo would have been called Power of Diversity, Harmony for Growth,[40] run from May 15 to November 15 and would have covered 502 hectares.[41]

Ticket prices[edit]

The normal 1-day tickets for the expo cost AED 120, while the 3-day tickets are AED 260. There is a 50% discount on entry for students of any age and youth aged 6 to 17. The expo gives free access to kids up to 5 years and adults 65 years & above. Disabled persons are also allowed free entry and a caregiver can also visit with them at half the ticket price.[42]


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Expo 2020 pavilion construction deals

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