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What can we expect at Expo 2020 Dubai?

What can we expect at Expo 2020 Dubai?

Dubai is gearing up for the world’s greatest show beginning on 1st October. It was postponed by one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. World Expos have showcased innovations and fostered collaboration between countries over the past 170 years. However, this is the first time the event has been hosted in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region.

Expo 2020 Dubai will run for 6 months, from 1st October 1st, 2021, to 31st, 2022. The theme, ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,’ sets the stage for a thrilling spectacle. It brings the world together to create a better tomorrow.


What can visitors expect at Expo 2020 Dubai?

The Expo site in the Dubai South district spans approximately 4.4 square kilometers and connects well to national and international travel routes. It hosts over 200 pavilions, each showcasing unique architecture and cultural offerings from 191 countries.

Additionally, it accommodates commercial partners and non-governmental organizations.

 Pavilions also focus on the Expo themes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. There will be a festival atmosphere with over 60 shows daily, including theatre, music, art and dance. Foodies can also enjoy international flavours from over 200 restaurants.

Some highlights include:

    • A 3D-printed replica of Michelangelo’s David statue in the Italy pavilion 
    • ● Hanging Gardens, modeled on the Gardens by the Bay nature park in the Singapore Pavilion
    • A unique environment with a floor covered in refrigerated water and shows projected on the walls and ceiling immersing you in the atmosphere of the Rio carnival or Amazonian rainforest, in the Brazil pavilion
    • A model of Europe’s first Hyperloop, a futuristic mode of transport that can travel up to 1000 km, in the Spain Pavilion
    • You have a chance to leave a collective message for aliens, inspired by a project from the late scientist Stephen Hawking in the UK pavilion. This collaboration involves your fellow visitors, famous poets, and artificial intelligence.
    • Discussions on how to create a better world through collaboration and innovation in Mission Possible: The Opportunity Pavillion
    • The world’s largest mobile platform elevator that can carry up to 160 passengers at a time is in Alif—the Mobility Pavilion
    • Terra: The Sustainability pavillion, a net-zero energy and water building with rotating solar e-trees, focuses on real-world solutions for the future of our planet too
    • ● The largest 360-degree projection surface in the world is on the dome of Al Wasl Plaza, Expo’s jewel, designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture.

After the Expo concludes, the site will transform into District 2020. It will be an accessible, smart, sustainable, human-centric city for generations to come.

Opportunities for learning and collaboration

Expo 2020 Dubai will host ten theme weeks with conferences addressing global challenges.

Health and Wellness Week is scheduled from 27th January to 2nd February 2022. It will spotlight applications of virtual reality, robotics, artificial intelligence, 3D printing, and wearable technologies for health. Professionals in the health sector are encouraged to participate in this event. It aims to explore and enhance their knowledge of innovative healthcare technologies also.

Safety protocols

As Expo 2020 is taking place in the context of the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic, every care has been taken to ensure that the event will operate safely. Rob Cooling, Expo 2020’s vice president of health, safety, quality and environment, says that guidelines have been developed in conjunction with Expo partners, contractors, and government authorities, with mentorship and support from the UK Health and Safety Executive.

Safety measures include:

  • Mandatory vaccination of all staff—including contractors, their supply chain, volunteers, and pavilion teams
  • Social distancing and mask-wearing around the Expo site: guidelines may be updated during the event.
  • Proof of COVID-19 testing or vaccination is not required to enter Expo site. However, all passengers traveling to Dubai from any country currently need a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their departure.
  • A smart booking system will help to avoid queues and bottlenecks, with the people able to book directly online to reserve a specific time slot to visit a venue
  •  An onsite emergency medical facility ready to cope with the demands of an expected 25 million visitors.

Further more The Dubai Health Authority (DHA) have implemented strategies to provide for the needs of all visitors through its well-integrated network of hospitals and clinics.

Opportunities for the Healthcare Sector beyond Expo 2020

The event will showcase Dubai’s growing healthcare sector on an international stage, in fact creating opportunities for investment into the emirate’s medical tourism and innovation strategy.

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