Come the end of 2020, Dubai will be putting on quite the show. Dubai Expo 2020 will play out in this oasis in the desert between 20th October 2020 and 10th April 2021.
As the first country to host a World Expo event in the whole of the Middle East, Africa and South Asia, it’s not one to be missed.
Every major global city can be reached from Dubai with only one stopover, making it a major hub and the perfect hosting nation for the Expo 2020.
Did you know that more than two thirds of the world’s population live within an eight-hour flight of Dubai and one third within just four hours?
Here is everything you need to know about the Dubai Expo, including ideas for the perfect place to stay during your visit to Dubai.
What is Expo 2020?
Expo is a world fair or international exposition designed to showcase the achievements of nations all around the world. These exhibitions vary in character and are held in different parts of the world.
An expo is a festival that celebrates human ingenuity, where millions of people can share ideas, showcase innovation and promote progress.
Due to the diversity of its participants, from top decision makers to children, expos are a multifaceted event where extraordinary exhibitions, diplomatic encounters, business meetings, public debates and live shows take place at the same time, and the Expo Dubai will be no exception.
Dubai Expo 2020 will showcase and explore what’s possible when new ideas and people connect.
Dubai Expo 2020 location: the UAE
On 27 November 2013, when the victory announcement was made that Dubai had won the right to host the next Expo 2020, fireworks filled the sky and erupted at the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa.
Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE, Sheikh Mohammed, declared a national holiday the following day across all educational institutions in the country and promised Dubai would ‘astonish the world’ with its Expo 2020 events.
The staging of the world fair and the preparations leading up to it are expected to create 277,000 new jobs in the UAE, inject nearly $40 billion into the economy. They’ve projected an increase in visitors of at least 25 million, and up to 100 million.
The UAE has five major international airports to serve visitors, which will comfortably accommodate the many millions expected to arrive during the Dubai Expo 2020 dates. It will run from the 20th October 2020 and close on 10th April 2021.
With 200 nationalities living and working in Dubai, the city is a melting pot of people, nations, goods, institutions, ideas and partnerships.
Dubai Expo 2020 aims to create and deliver an inclusive and global Expo with over 200 participants and include more than 30,000 volunteers from a wide range of ages, nationalities, cultures and backgrounds.
Dubai’s world-class infrastructure, advanced technology, effortless efficiency and truly innovative nature means it’s fully mobilised and ready to create a totally exceptional, unforgettable World Expo.
Expo 2020 site location: where in Dubai is the Expo being held?
The Expo 2020 site is located in an area known as Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport.
Dubai South is holding a growing number of high-profile international exhibitions and events, but Dubai Expo 2020 will be its crowning glory.
The site covers 4.38 square kilometres and has four main entrances. The Dubai Metro Route 2020 will take 46,000 passengers per hour to and from the Expo site in under 16 minutes from Dubai Marina.
Where to stay for the World Exhibition in Dubai
Heading to Expo 2020 Dubai and searching for a hotel near all the action? Thanks to its location in one of the most highly developed areas of the city, the recently built Occidental Dubai Production City allows you to stay within easy reach of the Dubai Expo 2020.
This 239-room hotel is located in one of the most sought-after business destinations, offering a total of five bright and spacious rooms fully equipped for your business meetings, with the latest technology to host all kinds of events.
Occidental Dubai Production City offers an extensive variety of food served in its six restaurants, where you can enjoy traditional Mediterranean dishes and exquisite flavours of the Middle East.
Enjoy a Sports Bar with a delicious tapas menu, two snack bars, a buffet, rooftop terraces and a lounge bar offering shisha and alcoholic beverages. If that weren’t enough, you can take a dip in the two heated swimming pools or bask in the luxurious sauna.
Booking in advance is highly recommended due to the popularity of the Dubai Expo 2020. Check out availability and the rooms on offer to make sure you don’t miss out.