From October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, the UAE will be the first country in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia to host the World’s Fair.
The largest event ever staged in the Arab world is set to welcome 190 participating countries, and over 25 million visitors are expected over 6 months, and organizers expect that over 70% of these visitors will come from outside the UAE. They will experience warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance, and cooperation. 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.
What is the theme?
“Connecting Minds. Creating the Future.”
Opportunity: We all have the power to shape the future. Expo 2020 aims to unlock this potential in multiple ways, such as supporting solutions to social problems through our Expo Live program and introducing visitors to new ideas that inspire them to act.
Mobility: When we enable smarter movement of knowledge, ideas and goods, a new world of possibilities unfolds. Expo 2020 looks at how this has helped us explore new frontiers, and how humanity is making greater leaps than ever through digital connectivity.
Sustainability: The need to live in balance with the world we inhabit has never been more critical. Expo 2020 is embracing alternative sources of food, water, and clean and renewable energy, and encouraging us all to reassess how we can preserve the planet.
Expo Live is a flagship program that recognizes innovation and will allocated approximately $120 million to back projects offering creative solutions to challenges that affect people’s lives and help preserve the world – or both. Grants are about $120,000 per initiative. Three Canadian companies were chosen among 1000 applicants in the 2017 intake. Enersion Inc. won for its green chillers and reduce the cost and environmental impact of air conditioners and refrigerators. Attolllo won for its talking-stickers that help children read. Plastic Bank received an Expo Live grant to offer incentives to the poorest people in developing countries to recycle plastics that would otherwise end up in the world’s oceans.
When is Expo 2020 Dubai?
October 2020 to April 2021
Where is the Expo 2020 Dubai site?
The site is located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi near the Al Maktoum International Airport and the Jebel Ali Port, approximately a 30 min drive and short metro ride from downtown Dubai. The Expo site covers 438 hectares.
What happens after the Expo?
Expo 2020 revealed its legacy plans in 2017. The Expo site will be repurposed into ‘city’ called District 2020. District 2020 will house a combination of office, retail, residential, and leisure developments, as well as all the amenities and public facilities required for a vibrant campus-style business community and lifestyle hub.
The focus on legacy is a departure from previously held world expos in other parts of the world. Ill-conceived legacy plans can cause considerable adverse impacts on the host’s economy rather than meaningful regenerative or growth opportunities.
Expo 2020 is an economic driver in the UAE and is projected to bring returns of over US$35 billon. Currently, billions are being spent each year on long-term infrastructure.