Expo 2020 Dubai: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future
The World Expo is one of the oldest and largest global events, taking place every five years. Opened in October 2021, Expo 2020 Dubai makes history as the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the first to be hosted by an Arab nation. The UAE is eager to share its open and inclusive vision for the world at Expo 2020.
Over six months, 192 participating countries come together under Expo 2020’s theme, “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” to exchange new ideas and perspectives. Expo 2020 will broaden participants’ horizons while incubating solutions to create a better world for everyone, everywhere.
Visitors to Expo connect across three subthemes:
- Opportunity: Unlocking the potential for individuals and communities to shape the future
- Mobility: Creating smarter and more productive movement of people, goods and ideas, both physically and virtually
- Sustainability: Respecting and living in balance with the world we inhabit to ensure a sustainable future for all
For the first time in World Expo history, every country has its own pavilion, where they can share the best of their cultures, innovation and human progress. In partnership with Cartier, Expo 2020 Dubai also features a Women's Pavilion to shine light on the trailblazing women who are exploring new frontiers. The UAE is a leader in gender equity, ranked first in the Middle East and 24th globally in the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security’s 2021 WPS Index.
Expo 2020 Dubai coincides with the UAE’s 50th anniversary in 2021, marking an important milestone for the country. Over the past 50 years, the UAE has built its society on mutual respect and tolerance. At Expo 2020 Dubai, the UAE shares its progress with visitors while looking ahead at the possibilities the next 50 years hold.
The Expo 2020 Site
The Expo gated area features 192 individual Country Pavilions that showcase the unique architecture and culture of their countries. Thematic Districts reflecting the three subthemes include performance spaces, art installations, gardens and pavilions that house interactive exhibitions.
Expo 2020 Dubai is committed to building a legacy of sustainability and set a high benchmark for future World Expos. By integrating a variety of techniques and technologies across industries, Expo 2020 Dubai aims to be one of the greenest World Expos ever. More than 80 percent of Expo 2020’s infrastructure will have practical value long into the future as part of District 2020.
Named after the Arabic word for ‘connection’, Al Wasl Plaza, designed by American firm Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture, is the centerpiece of Expo 2020. It is host to major ceremonies and celebrations, including Expo 2020’s spectacular opening ceremony. The venue’s dome acts as an immersive 360-degree projection surface that can be viewed from both inside and outside.
Located in Expo 2020’s Mobility Thematic District, USA Pavilion 2020 celebrate the American spirit of innovation and diversity with the theme “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of the Future.” The pavilion features Thomas Jefferson’s copy of the Quran—the first time it has left the US since being acquired by the Library of Congress. The exhibition also houses the tallest item on the Expo 2020 grounds: a one-to-one scale replica of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.
A significant number of Expo 2020 Dubai’s Official Partners and Official Suppliers are US-based and US-founded companies and organizations including:
- Cisco (Official Premier Digital Network Partner)
- Mastercard (Official Payment Technology Partner)
- PepsiCo (Official Beverage and Snack Partner)
- UPS (Official Logistics Partner)
- Christie (Official Projection and Display Partner)
- Domino’s (Official Pizza Provider)
Prepare to broaden your horizons at Expo 2020. The Expo site is located within the Dubai South district, close to Al Maktoum International Airport and easily reached from Dubai International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and Dubai and Abu Dhabi Cruise Terminals.