WHY DUBAI?

Between October 2020 and April 2021, Dubai will host the next World Expo. Bringing together more than 180 nations and an international audience of 25 million visitors, it will be one of the greatest shows on earth.

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia and only a few hours from Russia, India and North Africa, Dubai is the place where East meets West.

Offering access to an affluent market of over 350 million people (1.5 billion if we include India), Dubai really is the perfect location for the 2020 Expo.

The Expo site is located near to the national airports of Dubai/Abu Dhabi which connect 300 global destination every day.

The theme of “Connecting minds, creating the future”, is a vision of innovation through collaboration and is explored into 3 sub-themes:
1. Opportunity 2. Mobility 3. Sustainability

Site will be called “Al-Wasl”, old Arabic for “The Connection”.

The pavilion area will be a new concept for Expos, hoping to intensify all levels of expo engagement.

Presentations, discussions and evolving exhibitions will be created here by participants, visitors and guest leaders.

The site will include larger pavilions at the perimeter with smaller ones in the center which will encourage foot flow and dynamic presence for each pavilion.

Opportunities will be there for partnerships to form between nations and private/public sectors.

In the spirit of the mobility theme, state of the art computer controlled logistics systems will be implemented, automated underground tube systems will connect major pavilions and support facilities providing invisible security during operating hours.


After the Expo, the pavilions will be refurbished into research facilities and a university, further exploring the Expo themes and ideas.

A canvas roof over the site is made of photovoltaic fabric; the plan is to generate at least 50% of the Expo's power on site, at night it can be used for digital projections which will go hand in hand with shows that will take place at night.

The Expo will mark the beginning of the UAE’s golden jubilee in 2021.

“Connected thinking is the best hope for successful and peaceful existence in the generations to come” – Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum