EXPO 2020


At A Glance

In 2013, Dubai, United Arab Emirates was named the host city for the 2020 World Expo. Expo 2020 Dubai has embraced the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, echoing the powerful spirit of partnership and cooperation that has driven the country’s success in pioneering new paths of development, innovation and growth.

Subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability set the focus of Expo 2020 Dubai dialogues, exhibits and legacy and serve to facilitate collaborations, link issues from around the world and inspiring participants to mobilize around shared issues, concerns and achievements. The first such event in the Middle East, the event has an impact on how the current and future global economies, communities and technologies will potential collaborate for the greater good.

Key Facts & Figures

  • Date of Expo 2020 Dubai: 20th October 2020 – 10th April 2021
  • The Expo will launch the celebration of the UAE’s 50th Anniversary (Golden Jubilee)
  • First Expo in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA)
  • Theme: Connecting Minds, Creating the Future
  • Subthemes: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability
  • Opportunity – explores how we can collectively harness new models for the flow of financial and intellectual capital to foster entrepreneurship and innovations, leverage new business and learning platforms and create dynamic productive and inclusive economic environments.
  • Mobility – entails working together to enhance the physical flow of people and goods through smart, safe and robust systems for logistics and transport.
  • Sustainability – focuses on finding solutions to better enable access to energy and water, planning for resource scarcity through responsible conservation and effective management of new and existing resources.
  • Expected number of visits: approximately 25 million (majority international visitors)
  • Expected number of participants: over 200 participants including countries, International Organizations, NGOs, educational institutions and corporate partners.
  • First Expo to offer 1 pavilion per country.
  • Expo will include exhibits based around the theme and subthemes; will also include entertainment that will cater to all types of visitors, including a robust calendar of continuously changing shows and events
  • Site: 438 hectares, 200 of which are the gated Expo location, within Dubai World Central
  • The total funding requirements for Dubai Expo 2020 are estimated at EUR 6.5B
  • Estimated number of jobs created: over 200,000
  • Estimated Gross Value Added to Dubai’s economy of EUR17.7BN
  • The last Expo took place in 2010 in Shanghai under the theme “Better City, Better Life” and attracting over 70M visitors
  • The next Expo will take place in Milan in 2015 under the theme “Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life” ; Dubai Expo 2020 will have presence within the UAE pavilion
  • UAE total population: 8.3 Million
  • Dubai population: 3 Million

Historical Facts & Figures

  • World Expo is one of the world’s oldest and largest international events with global significance. Others include FIFA World Cup and the Olympic Games.
  • An Expo takes place every five years and last up to six months.
  • The first World Expo, “The Great Exhibition” was held in London in 1851.
  • The BIE (Bureau of International Exhibitions), based in Paris, France, was formed in 1928 to oversee the organization of World and International Expos.

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