The World Expo has a long legacy in the post-industrialization era. The very first World Expo was held in 1851 in London, showcasing technological innovations of the industrial revolution era – the period that witnessed the transition of the manufacturing sector. The telegraph was a technological innovation of those times, which was showcased as one of the main attractions of the first World Expo. Electricity was a technological advancement of the early 20th century and was showcased at the World Expo held at St. Louis in 1904. Another technological advancement of the late 20th century was the mobile phone which was part of the Osaka World Expo held in 1970.

Dubai is known for its luxurious lifestyle, modern architecture, grand structures, vibrant lifestyle, and, of course, large shopping malls. But that is not all that Dubai is known for. It is also home to several exhibitions and trade shows that bring thousands of entrepreneurs, industry experts, investors, and more to the city. Last year, Dubai was all set to host its grandest exhibition, the Dubai Expo 2020, but worldwide travel restrictions because of Covid19 forced the exhibition organizers to move the date forward to October 1st, 2021.

If you are planning on flying to Dubai to visit the Expo, here is a complete guide to everything you need to know.

Expo 2020 is a 6-month event, scheduled from 1st October 2021 until 31st March 2022, and is the first Expo being held in the MENASA region. Its theme is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”, to highlight its goal of bringing together innovative minds to solve some of the world’s biggest problems. The Expo 2020 is an action-packed event with multiple attractions under three main pillars: Sustainability, Opportunity, and Mobility. Pavilions are grouped according to the main pillars and are laid out on three petal-shaped areas extending from the Al Wasl Plaza, which is located in the center of the Expo site.

While the petals are truly a sight to behold, the Plaza is the star of the show. Visitors can enjoy a variety of stunning projections on the dome, which has the unique distinction of being the largest projection surface in the world. Other Dubai Expo activities include a tour on a large lift that can carry 160 people at once.

The best way to get to know a country is through food and hospitality. Getting to know different cultures from around the world is what Expo 2020 is all about. You will enjoy a variety of delicious cuisines from the participating countries. There will also be a special culinary show where more than 50 countries will display their cuisines, taking you on an exploratory journey through your taste buds. Visitors also get the chance to experience the first-ever Emirati Opera featuring 100 musicians.


The World Expo holds daily shows and spectacular events that showcase innovations, business ventures, and culture. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore 191 countries in one single place. Be part of the magic and join the making of a new world right here in Dubai!

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