Dubai Expo 2020; The Unmissable Universal Exhibition



“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”

For the first time ever, the World Expo will take place in the United Arab Emirates, from October 20, this year to April 10, 2021. This international event of massive dimension will happen in Dubai over 6 months, during which more than 25 million people are expected to visit the Expo and its various pavilions.

What is the World Expo?

Queen Victoria presides over the state opening of the great exhibition of All Nations May 1, 1851

World’s Fair, Universal Expositions, World Expo… these are all the same thing: the gathering of some of the brightest minds on the planet to show the world what lies ahead of us. This international event began in Paris in 1844, with the French Industrial Exposition, and has since motivated events such as The Great Exhibition of 1851 at The Crystal Palace in London. Today, world expos are done, as the name suggests, all over the world, and it is an opportunity for all countries to participate.

Who will be at the Dubai Expo 2020? 

200 participants or 192 countries will have their pavilions at the Dubai Expo. This edition of the fair will gather nations, corporations, non-governmental organisations, thought-leaders and visitors from all around the world under the same roof.

What is it all about? 

The Dubai Expo 2020 has the primary goal of introducing the world over to the latest advances in various fields concerning human civilisation: Sciences, technology, medicine, social, economic and finance… 

By “Connecting Minds”, the World Expo aims to awaken the potential that individuals, organisations and leaders have, and encourage them to take the right decisions and to collaborate for the welfare and evolution of the human race and the planet.

The Dubai Expo 2020 is not just highly technical stuff though. As the sub-theme of the Expo is all about sustainability, mobility and opportunity, the goal will also consist of exhibiting the artistic and cultural identities of the many participants…the food, the festivals, the arts and the dialects across the 192 participating countries.

What to do

Al Wasl Plaza

Al Wasl Plaza contains the word “wasl”, which means “connection”, and will be where this international event will hold its opening and closing ceremonies as well as some of the main attractions of the Expo. There will also be a 360-degree projection on the interior of the massive 65-metre high dome.

Netherlands Pavilion

The Netherlands Pavilion will feature their latest irrigation technology with indoor rains, produced by solar energy. That is mankind going beyond anything before, and something not to be missed!


The Expo will allow visitors to experience the thrill of the first rope-less elevator. This technology will be implemented for skyscrapers and allow for horizontal and vertical movement. This looks straight from a Harry Potter film!

Food Experience

Just take a stroll around the 200 outlets featuring specialties from all the participating countries and expand your catalogue of tastes. It’s an experience not to overlook as food is really the best way to connect with a country.

Where to stay?

One & Only The Palm

One cannot go to Dubai and miss the experience of a sojourn on The Palm. One of the highlights of Dubai is its artificial island upon the Arabian Gulf, created in the shape of a palm tree and hosting some of the main attractions of the city.

Bulgari Resort Dubai

This spot is for those who want to understand all that the Expo is about… a multicultural stay mixing Italian minimalism and Middle Eastern opulence, into an experience that is definitely “Dubai”!

Park Hyatt Dubai

For those who want to enjoy practicality but not compromise on comfort, the Park Hyatt Dubai is right on the Creek and Marina, giving you close access to the Dubai Expo and all its attractions.

About Log Pillay

I’ve always been fascinated by the power of stories and storytelling. And stories are made up of people and situations, but also destinations that often become a character of their own. Quirky alleyways with century-old shops, grand hotels that become home to authors and their personages, or even entire cities that leave a mark in history… This magazine is all about telling these unique stories, and taking the readers along for the ride. 

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