Expo 2020

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.

2020 Dubai
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


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

International Participant Meeting (IPM)

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

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]

Emergency care services at Expo 2020 site

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.[20]

Property prices

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.[21]


In November 2019, the UAE permitted Israeli passport holder 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.[22]

Bids and bidding

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.[23]

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

UAE selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", sub-themes being Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.[29][30]

"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.[31] 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.[32] 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.[33] 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.[34]

Yekaterinburg Expo

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".[35]

İzmir Expo

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.[36] A Health for All symposium was held in October 2013 for BIE delegates and was to discuss health issues across the world.[37]

São Paulo Expo

A Brazilian expo would have been called Power of Diversity, Harmony for Growth,[38] run from May 15 to November 15 and would have covered 502 hectares.[39]

Ticket Prices

The normal 1-day tickets for the expo are worth AED 120, while the 3-day tickets are worth 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.[40]


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Expo 2020 pavilion construction deals

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