What is Expo 2020?
A Complete Guide to Understanding Expo 2020
Tickets for Dubai Expo 2020 are already on sale.
The event which is being touted as the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’ is gaining more publicity and popularity with each day and the world is eagerly anticipating the countries, companies, services, and everything directly or indirectly involved with Expo 2020.
If, however, you’re still wondering what this is all about, this guide has been compiled to help answer all of your questions about the upcoming event.
What exactly is Expo 2020?
Dubai will play host to World Expo 2020.
A World Expo is an international event of monumental importance, considering the events and performances involved; the size and scale of this event, as well as the duration of the event and number of visitors expected.
This is the first time an Arab country or even any country from the Middle East, Africa, and South East Asia region would be hosting the World Expo.
Where and when is the Expo 2020?
The Dubai Expo 2020 site is a 4.38 square kilometer area in Dubai South district. It’s in close proximity to Dubai International Airport, Airport Abu Dhabi International Airport, Al Maktoum International, and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals.
The event will start on October 20, 2020, and end on April 10, 2021. It will open on weekdays from 9 am to 1 am and on weekends from 10 am to 2 am.
Who organizes the World Expo?
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), comprised of 170 representative countries is the body in charge of organizing the World Expo.
The events have been organized every five years since the first one took place in London in 1851. The BIE was however only founded in 1928. The last Expo took place in Milan in 2015 and the Expo themes have always revolved around education, innovation, and cooperation.
The last Expo held in Milan in 2015. The food and nutrition-focused theme for the Milan World Expo was ‘Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life’.
What have we benefited from World Expos in the past?
The event has always been organized to foster innovation and cooperation among countries of the world and to drive progress in education and technology, among other things.
However, there have also been many physical developments that have resulted from past World Expos. These include the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Seattle Space Needle. The typewriter and television, as well as the Heinz tomato ketchup, have also been some of the by-products of some past World Expos.
What is the Dubai Expo 2020 theme?
‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is the theme for the ‘Greatest Show on Earth’. Its logo is based on a ring excavated from the Saroug Al Hadeed archaeological site.
The event has other subthemes such as Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. It hopes to leave a lasting impact, to foster human progress.
How many people are expected at the Dubai Expo 2020?
The Dubai World Expo will feature exhibitions and performances from more than 200 participants and 192 participating countries. Visitors, both young and old are also expected in their millions.
What will the Expo site look like?
The Al Wasl Plaza Expo site will house 192 pavilions for the 192 participating countries. There will be interactive exhibitions at the pavilions with fun, engaging, and entertaining performances and shows inspired by the themes.
The thematic districts at the site will feature performance spaces, outdoor gardens, art installations, and galleries, among other things.
Can we visit these pavilions?
The UAE and the other participating countries will have their own pavilions. The UAE’s pavilion is a falcon in flight structure designed by Santiago Calatrava.
Things to do at the Expo 2020
There are a lot of things to do at the Expo 2020.
Everything from the best of entertainment to arts, technology, music, food, and more will be available. You can’t get enough of this in a day. At the Expo 2020, you can;
● Get to learn about and explore the culture, history, art, and more of 192 countries.
● Enjoy operas, theatres, sports events, national celebrations, and about 60 live shows every day.
● Experience futuristic technology and innovations in the world of robotics, augmented reality, autonomous vehicles, space explorations, and more.
● Eat to your heart’s fill and experience the diverse culinary offerings from Dubai and the other participating countries.
● Drink clean and potable water from 45 water fountains
● Get your children to enjoy a fun-filled day at the Al Forsan and Jubilee parks at the Expo site.
● Shop for souvenirs from more than 5000 officially licensed products
Are there hotel arrangements for visitors, participants, and staff?
There will be hotels for use by everyone from visitors to participants, and staff. There will also be access to warehousing and logistics needs as well as a public park that will be available to everyone.
Is there a dress code for the event?
There’s no dress code for the Dubai Expo 2020 show. Any light and casual cloth you’re comfortable in will do, since the weather is sunny here.
Dubai has a relaxed public dress code. You’ll, however, need to be modest in your choice of dresses, avoid revealing clothes in public places, and cover your head when in places of worship.
How can I get tickets to the Expo 2020?
There are three ways to get tickets to the Dubai Expo 2020;
● Through the Dubai Expo 2020 website
● Through authorized ticket resellers, or
● At the gates of the Expo 2020 events
Ticket prices start from;
● Dh120 ($33) for a single-day adult ticket;
● Dh260 ($71) for a three-day pass;
Tickets can be used anytime within the 173 days of the show.
Are there any discounts and exceptions to ticket prices?
Children under the age of five, as well as seniors above 65 years, will enjoy free access. Youths, from six to seventeen, and students of all ages, will enjoy a 50% discount. There will also be complimentary access for people of determination, with their carers enjoying a 50% discount as well.