Dubai to host Expo 2020, expects 25m visitors


DUBAI will be the next host for Expo 2020, making it the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region in its 168 years of World Expo history.

Expo 2020 Dubai which will be held for six months starting from Oct 20, 2020, to April 10, 2021, is expecting more than 190 participating countries and 25 million visitors from across the globe where 70% of them would be international visitors.

The theme “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future” is an expression for the belief that innovation and progress are the results of the unique and original meeting of individuals and ideas.

“Expo 2020 will bring together the best of architecture, design, innovation and technology from the participating countries, offering 60 spectacular live events daily and providing over 200 unique dining experience at the World’s Greatest Show.

“Visitors will have a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to experience the best of the world in one place,” Destination Marketing Expo 2020 director Sumathi Ramanathan said in a statement.

Participating countries will showcase contents surrounding the sub-theme of opportunity, mobility and sustainability.

The event will also have a wide range of pavilions built by some of the world’s biggest architects including Grimshaw Architects, and Foster and Partners which will enable visitors to see sustainable solutions for future cities as well as the latest advancement in mobility including space mission to Mars.

Visitors can also partake in over 60 live events daily ranging from large-scale music festivals, concerts, intimate performances featuring ballet and jazz, and various other forms of arts and culture events.

“For the business or corporate visitors, extensive business programming including workshops, seminars, forums and events featuring leaders in the respective fields and topics related to the subthemes will be held,” according to the statement.

More than 200 dining options ranging from food trucks to casual bistros and fine dining will be available at the expo, exposing visitors to more than 50 international cuisines and the technology involves in the preparation of the food.

The expo will open seven days a week from 10am to 1am on weekdays and 10am to 2am on weekends and special days.

One-day admission ticket is 120 dirhams (RM138) and a three-day admission will cost 260 dirhams.

Admission for children below the age of five and adults above 65 years old are free, while students of any age and youth aged six to 17 are entitled for a 50% discount.