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Expo 2020 is the world in one place - a global experience dedicated to bringing together people, communities and nations to build bridges, inspire action and deliver real-life solutions to real-life challenges.
A launch pad for broadening horizons and exchanging ideas, Expo is all about innovation, collaboration and inspiration, and is the UAE’s commitment to building a cleaner, safer, healthier future for everyone.
In a spirit of optimism, Expo 2020 will gather more than 200 participants - including 191 countries, as well as multilateral organisations, businesses and educational establishments - for a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days.
Through Expo’s Programme for People and Planet, participants will explore solutions to fundamental global challenges such as climate change, equal access to education and healthcare, and bridging the digital divide.
Visitors from all over the planet are invited to join the making of a new world as they explore new frontiers, embrace the opportunities of tomorrow and discover life-changing innovations that can have meaningful, positive impacts on our planet and its people.
Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, hosted in a city of the future, in one of the world’s most inclusive, ambitious and future-focused nations, in the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubile.
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) regulates and oversees World Expos, preserving the core values of education, innovation and cooperation on behalf of its 170 member states.
"Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" is Expo 2020 Dubai's theme and purpose, which is based on the belief that innovation and progress are the result of people and ideas coming together in inspiring new ways. The three subthemes are areas seen as essential to building a better world for everyone:
Opportunity: Unlocking the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future.
Mobility: Creating more efficient and effective movement of people, goods and ideas, both physically and virtually.
Sustainability: Respecting and living in balance with the world we inhabit to ensure a cleaner, safer, healthier future for all.
Expo 2020 is located in Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport and easily reached from Dubai and Abu Dhabi’s international airports and cruise terminals.
Expo 2020 is easily accessible public transport, including the Route 2020 Metro extension and Expo Rider, a dedicated complimentary public bus service.
The Expo 2020 site is 4.38 sqkm, approximately 2 sqkm forms the gated area, while the remaining 2.4 sqkm features supporting amenities and facilities.
Expo 2020 is one of the world’s most technologically connected sites, a city of the future powered by state-of-the-art innovations that will link every aspect of the event to ensure visitors have an unparalleled experience.
Expo aims to be one of the most sustainable World Expos ever - an example of innovation in action from its cutting-edge sustainable architecture to sensors that monitor energy efficiency.
The Thematic Districts include performance spaces, innovation galleries, art installations, parks and outdoor gardens. Each is anchored by its own Thematic Pavilion:
Al Wasl Plaza is Expo’s beating heart - its iconic centrepiece and the focal point for celebrations during Expo 2020. Its steel trellis dome the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface.
Expo’s 21-metre-high, mashrabiya-style carbon fibre Entry Portals give visitors a first taste of the amazing architecture and unprecedented innovation they will experience across Expo 2020.
Dozens of participants have already revealed their pavilions - each is future-focused, inspiring and innovative.
1 October 2021 – 31 March 2022
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Hamra Abbas, Afra Al Dhaheri, Shaikha Al Mazrou, Monira Al Qadiri, Abdullah Al Saadi, Asma Belhamar, Olafur Eliasson, Nadia Kaabi-Linke, Khalil Rabah, Yinka Shonibare CBE RA, Haegue Yang
Senior Vice President – Arts and Culture:
Dr Hayat Shamsuddin
Tarek Abou El Fetouh
From information by Expo 2020 Dubai Public Art Programme.