What you need to know about EXPO 2020

Expo 2020 Dubai will be a celebration of human brilliance and achievement. It will be an opportunity for people to connect from different corners of the world, to experience the best of art, culture, geography, science, technology, innovation and invention and to set into motion millions of new thoughts and ideas that will make a lasting impact in our lives.

Throughout its history, the UAE has shown the world what is possible through its remarkable development. With Expo 2020 Dubai, Dubai will go a step further in inspiring the next generation to spark innovations that will underline the next 50 years of human progress.

Expo revolves around its own theme to leave a lasting impact on the path of human progress. Expo 2020 Dubai’s theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.


The largest event ever staged in the Arab world – is set to welcome 190 participating countries, and millions of visitors from across the globe. Here they will experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Youth are at the heart of our World Expo. That’s why Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities.


The event in Dubai promises to be no less remarkable. Indeed, HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has promised that Expo 2020 will ‘astonish the world’. The exhibition will celebrate innovation and ingenuity in keeping with the major theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, alongside sub-themes of ‘Opportunity’, ‘Mobility’ and ‘Sustainability’ – perhaps the major global challenge of our time. It is expected to attract 25 million visitors during its six-month run, with 70 percent of those coming from outside the Emirates.

What can visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai expect?

Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome representatives from 190 countries to a 4.38sqkm site in Dubai South, next to Al Maktoum International Airport. Getting there will be easy via the Dubai Metro Route 2020, which will carry up to 46,000 passengers per hour on the 16-minute journey from Dubai Marina.

At the heart of the venue will be Al Wasl Plaza, whose translucent dome will house exhibitions among fountains, waterfalls and palm-lined courtyards. Such contemporary architecture is expected to be as big a draw as the event’s major themes, with well-known names such as Foster + Partners and Santiago Calatrava signed up to attend.

With Expo 2020 just one year away, work on the pavilions is progressing smoothly with most of the primary construction already completed and the remaining will be completed by the end of the year.

What is the logo of Expo 2020 Dubai?

In March 2016, Expo 2020 Dubai revealed its new logo, which was inspired by a ring found at the Saroug Al Hadeed archaeological site.

Dates and times of Expo 2020

  • Opening day: October 20, 2020
  • Closing day: April 10, 2021

Site opening hours

  • Weekdays: 9am-1am
  • Weekends and special days: 10am-2am


A World Expo is a mega international event in terms of size, scale, and duration and visitor numbers.

It’s a festival and a platform where people from all over the world come together and connect with each other, share ideas, learn and innovate. It’s also a place you can come and have fun.

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