CategoryInternational Registered exhibition
Dates20/10/2020 - 10/04/2021
ThemeConnecting Minds, Creating the Future
Official DesignationExpo 2020 Dubai
On 30 March 2020, the Expo 2020 Dubai Steering Committee reviewed with grave concern the major impact that the spread of COVID-19 is having on global public, social, and economic health and collectively agreed to explore with the BIE the possibility of a one year delay to the opening of Expo 2020. The BIE is working with its Member States and Expo 2020 Dubai organisers to establish a change in dates. A final decision on postponement can only be made by the BIE’s Executive Committee and the General Assembly. Article 28 of the BIE Convention stipulates that a change of dates requires a two-thirds majority vote from Member States of the Organisation.
BIE Member States elected the UAE as the host of the next World Expo during the General Assembly of 27 November 2013. Formally registered at the General Assembly of 25 November 2015, World Expo 2020 will be held in Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates, between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021.
The first World Expo in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, Expo 2020 will welcome more than 200 international participants, including a record 192 countries. It will connect nations, multinational corporations, non-government organisations and millions of visitors from all over the world, providing an opportunity to see future innovations, marvel at unique architecture, experience diverse cultures, taste cuisines from all over the world, and enjoy live performances, art and other entertainment.
Through its theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, and its three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – Expo 2020 aims to unlock the potential of each visitor while encouraging collaboration and presenting opportunities for all to make a difference towards the future development of humanity and our planet.
Through numerous initiatives on the journey to 2020, such as Expo Live, the Expo School Programme, the World Majlis series and various business programmes (which particularly target SMEs), Expo 2020 is already making a significant impact in Dubai, the UAE and beyond.
Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, will provide a platform to foster creativity, innovation, and collaboration globally. It is based on the belief that sharing innovative ideas and building partnerships will inspire the way we shape our future in the most positive way possible.
Expo 2020 will explore the areas of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability – which make up the three key sub-themes.
Expo 2020 Dubai will work towards enabling new Opportunities for individuals and communities to help them achieve their needs and inspire them to pursue their future aspirations (aligning with the global vision of the UN SDGs).
Expo 2020 Dubai will focus on providing easier access to knowledge, markets and innovation by working on solutions and technologies that will facilitate the movement (Mobility) of people, goods and ideas.
Expo 2020 Dubai will strive to protect and preserve the environment for future generations by sharing sustainable solutions and practices that are scalable and can be adapted globally (Sustainability).
The Expo site, which will cover a total of 438 hectares, is located in the Dubai South district, near the Al Maktoum International Airport.
The spatial organisation of the site embodies the Expo’s theme and subthemes, drawing inspiration from local urban design, architecture and the natural environment.
The site is designed to resemble three petals connected to Al Wasl Plaza, the iconic centrepiece named after the historic name for Dubai, meaning ‘the connection’. The 150 metre-diameter Plaza will feature a massive domed trellis that will also act as an immersive 360-degree projection surface. It will also connect to the Dubai Metro Route 2020 link and the falcon-inspired UAE Pavilion. The petals are Expo 2020’s three Thematic Districts – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
The concept of sustainability has been integrated into the planning of the site and its use both during and after the Expo. As well as strategies to optimise the sustainability of buildings and infrastructure, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to generate 50% of the site’s energy needs over the six-month duration from renewable sources, and half of this will be generated on the site itself. All water used in irrigation and cooling will be recycled, and 90% of the permanent construction material will be reused or repurposed in the aftermath of the Expo.
In the run-up to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, a number of initiatives are being organised to promote the development of the theme of the Expo and to encourage broad participation in the event.
Expo Live is an innovation and partnership programme launched by Expo 2020 Dubai to fund, accelerate and promote creative solutions that improve lives while preserving the planet.
With an allocation of USD 100 million, Expo Live harnesses the convening power of a World Expo to demonstrate how innovations coming from all places and people can advance the pace of progress and inspire a more inclusive and prosperous future.
In the build-up to Expo 2020 Dubai, Expo Live is deploying a combination of grants, challenge prizes and knowledge-sharing events focused on the universal drivers of progress: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability.
Global Best Practice Programme
A feature of every Expo since 2010, a series of Best Practices from around the world have been selected to be showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai. Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice Programme spotlights tangible solutions that can be replicated, adapted and scaled for greater global impact. A total of 25 Best Practices in five different categories have been selected by an international jury, jointly chaired by the Secretary General of the BIE, and will be showcased in Expo 2020 Dubai’s Sustainability Pavilion.
Expo School Programme
In the run up to the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, organisers are engaging youth through Expo School Programme. Offering fun, engaging initiatives and resources for schools in the UAE, the programme also includes a dedicated visitor centre on the Expo site, offering hands-on experiences for young people to explore Expo 2020 Dubai and its theme.
The World Majlis series is a thematic dialogue programme aimed at facilitating global conversation and creating connections between people and ideas. Bringing together thought leaders from various government, professional, academics and cultural backgrounds, World Majlis is rooted in the Emirati and Arab tradition of majlis- a meeting space where people share informed opinions to help shape decision for communities.
The welcoming spirit of Expo 2020 Dubai is embodied by its mascot family. The magical ghaf tree, Salama, looks over two Emirati siblings, the inquisitive eight-year-old Latifa and her nine-year-old brother Rashid. They are guided by three robots – Opti, Alif and Terra – who represent Expo 2020’s three subthemes – Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. The adventures of the mascots are the focus of series of short films, all focused on the Expo’s subthemes.
With 15.9 million visitors welcomed in 2018, Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing destinations for tourists and business travellers. Dubai International Airport’s traffic reached 88.2 million passengers in 2017, making it the world’s busiest airport for international passenger traffic.
In October 2019, Dubai was named as one of Lonely Planet’s 10 must-visit destinations for 2020, with Expo 2020 Dubai citied as a key reason to visit the city.
Located within an eight-hour flight of two-thirds of the world’s population, Dubai is a gateway between east and west. Home to more than 200 nationalities and benefitting from a youthful and skilled population, it offers a progressive, dynamic and enabling environment in which tomorrow’s leaders can access new technologies and bring their ideas to life. Dubai is the ideal setting for Expo 2020, which aims to offer the world a glimpse of what the future will look like.