With just over one week until it opens to the world, Expo 2020 Dubai is almost finally here.
One of the first global mega-events to take place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 Dubai will run from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022, and will see millions of visitors join in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.
With 192 Country Pavilions, up to 60 live events daily, 200-plus food and beverage outlets and something new every day for 182 days.
Here are some of the top 50 things you can do, see and discover at Expo 2020 Dubai:
1. Taste food from around the world
Get ready for a culinary extravaganza as Expo reveals award-winning chefs and brand-new dining concepts across 200+ eateries. The celebrity chef line-up includes David Myers, Matthew Kenney and Rohit Ghai.
2. Get your Dubai Expo 2020 passport stamped while visiting 22 countries
Looking for the perfect keepsake? Don’t forget to pick up your Expo Passport from the Official Store and get it stamped as you visit pavilions around the site.
3. Interact with robots from leading robotics specialist Terminus Group
Terminus Group is deploying more than 150 robots that perform a variety of tasks such as greeting you, providing assistance and performing in special displays, as well as helping with food and beverage delivery and hospitality services
4. Learn the skills of artisan baking
Book your spot at London-based bakery and baking school Bread Ahead, where master teachers will guide you on creating expert level bakes in a domestic setting.
5. Ride around the world on a carousel
Enjoy all the fun of the fair on Around the World, a classic Venetian carousel with hand-painted images of past World Expos.
6. Run the world at Dubai Expo 2020
Get your running gear on and run the world. Take part in the extensive running program and run alongside participants from 192 countries.
7. Take the children to visit Latia’s playground
More than just a playground, this is a fun-filled interactive space. Bounce over nets in the ‘zero-gravity’ chamber, leap into orbit around swings and hop aboard a replica of the UAE’s Hope Probe.
8. Visit a unique food hall with Talabat kitchen
The two-story Talabat food hall not only offers some 30 food concepts, but it also uses cutting-edge technology and robotics to deliver an efficient dining experience.
9. Be part of the world’s first African dining hall Alkebulan
Experience the continent’s vibrant culture via food, music and art at Alkebulan, bringing together seven acclaimed African chefs from across the world
10. Take you best selfie – and see you face beamed into space
If you love a selfie, pose for a space-age version in Emirati astronaut Hazza al-Mansouri’s space suit at Terra Auditorium and have your face beamed into his helmet’s visor.
11. Join the Program for People and Planet and tackle climate change
Explore humanity’s most critical challenges and opportunities through a cultural, social, environmental and economic lens with the Program for People and Planet. Join the making of a new world as you engage in conversations around questions that will shape the future of our planet.
12. Listen to the history of World Expos
Scan the QR codes found in Majlis structures to hear stories of UAE culture and fascinating World Expo facts from renowned Expo Historian Charles Pappas.
For 170 years, World #Expos have been the birthplace of some of humankind’s greatest inventions, with the computer, television, and even #ketchup being among the hundreds of thousands of life-changing creations.— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) September 22, 2021
More here:https://t.co/xfZv0wjsLq pic.twitter.com/yN1M6OLeco
13. Watch and participate in sporting activities from all around the world
Expo 2020 Dubai and Dubai Sports Council (DSC) have teamed up to offer a diverse sporting program packed with free activities, exhibition matches, big name sporting stars and an entire hub dedicated to fitness and wellness.
14. Witness the future of food
Enter the year 2320 as immersive multi-sensory studio Bompas & Parr and Expo 2020 bring you Epochal Banquet, a two-hour pioneering culinary experience. Inspired by space, microbiology, artificial intelligence and hyper-intelligence, it will stir your senses in a radical new concept designed to highlight the impact of AI on the future of dining.
15. Interact with whales
Want to see a humpback whale? Then visit Rashid’s Playground, where you can clamber onto the back of one of these giant replica creatures.
16. Taste a new culinary experience
Rising Flavours food hall includes a chef’s table and live cooking shows from eminent GCC-based chefs, including rotating culinary pods and fine-dining restaurants that bring the taste of the region to millions.
17. Design your own aircraft
Discover the future of aircraft cabin design while designing your very own aircraft at the Emirates Pavilion, experimenting with robotic arms and exploring the innovative metallic and composite materials of the future.
The Emirates Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is ready to welcome visitors from 1 October.— Israr Rao (@IsraarRao) September 22, 2021
From today, visitors to Expo 2020 Dubai can plan their visit and book their preferred date and time slots in advance to the Emirates Pavilion. #emirates #Expo2020 #expo2020dubai pic.twitter.com/zHalmXPm1r
18. Discover how food is grown in a desert farm
Welcome to the farm of the future, which uses salt water and fish to grow crops. The Desert Farm makes the most of the three natural resources that are plentiful in the UAE – sun, sea and sand.
19. Watch Dubai Expo 2020’s night-time light festival
Every night after the sun slips below the horizon, the buildings and spaces come alive with projections and light installations create a magical world of wonder and beauty.
20. See how Nigeria aims to achieve zero hunger
Learn how Nigeria became pioneers in exploring technological solutions to age-old agricultural challenges.
21. Visit the solar-powered home of tomorrow at the Dewa Pavilion
From the solar roof to the temperature-buffering entryway, the DEWA Pavilion is designed to maximise efficiency and offers plenty of futuristic touches, such as a drone-delivery hatch and a weight-measuring bathroom floor.
22. Experience food from a Michelin-star chef
Jubilee Gastronomy Restaurant is home to an incredible line-up of chefs from Michelin-star restaurants presenting their signature Chef’s Table experience, together with a rooftop lounge.
23. See the service station of the future
The UAE’s national tree is renowned for its resilience to harsh weather conditions. The Service Station of the Future is built on an exoskeleton based on the ghaf tree structure, supporting a cutting-edge, solar-powered, carbon-fibre canopy.
24. Experience retail therapy at the World Souq
The World Souq features a range of beautiful pieces of ethically sourced craftsmanship from around the world.
25. Travel around the world though music during Expo Beats
A unique monthly festival that breaks geographical barriers and connects the world on stage through the sounds and rhythms that unite us.
26. See the SpaceX rocket at the US Pavilion
The USA Pavilion showcases the SpaceX Falcon rocket along with exhibits and artefacts, such as pieces of rock from the moon and the US Mars Rover.
27. See the awakening of al-Wasl Plaza at dusk
From the dome of al-Wasl Plaza’s first great act of magic, watch as it flickers to life with hues of purple, blue, red and orange, growing more vibrant as the sun sets and the night rolls in.
My brother, Mohammed bin Rashid, and I opened Al Wasl Square, the beating heart of Expo 2020 Dubai. From this site, we will tell the world the story of UAE, our values & achievements. This land will remain an oasis of coexistence and a meeting place for the people of the world. pic.twitter.com/IJGxhhIFC8— محمد بن زايد (@MohamedBinZayed) January 29, 2020
28. Hear from giants at the Mobility Pavilion
Meet the larger-than-life, nine-metre-tall historical giants of mobility whose innovations helped navigate the world and paved the way for the technology we use today.
29. Have a glimpse of future trave with the Hyperloop at the Spain Pavilion
The six-meter hyperloop carriage model will give visitors a glimpse of the high-speed technology that might power their future travel.
It’s finally here! @zeleros #hyperloop vehicle, the Z01, arrives at the Spain Pavilion.🚅 This new mode of transport will be displayed in the Pavilion☀️during @expo2020dubai to educate on how we will move in just a few years time. pic.twitter.com/l1YCEvsOeN— Expo Spain 2020 (@ExpoSpain2020) July 16, 2021
30. Relax among the Dubai Expo 2020 parks
Enjoy an afternoon stroll, unwind for an evening of live performances, or sit on a picnic bench at one of the Food Truck Parks.
31. Attend a monthly gathering of poets
A curated music and poetry night from a gathering of world-renowned and emerging poets from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf and the wider Arabic-speaking world, are regularly performing together in a two-hour poetry slam mixed with music from the KSA House Band.
32. See a renaissance masterpiece’s high-tech twin
Behold a five-meter-tall copy of Michelangelo’s David, printed in 3D, at the Italy Pavilion, in a high-tech reproduction project that blends history with the innovation-driven present.
33. Join a jam session
Jalsat@Expo is an introduction to Arabic tradition, showcasing the welcoming spirit of the UAE and the essence of Expo's connectivity.
34. See water being created out of thin air
Venture inside the Netherlands Pavilion for a unique multi-sensory show that takes you on a journey through the closed-loop farm’s wonders, from the water harvested out of thin air to the mushrooms grown on the walls.
35. Play with robotic penguins
Encounter cutting-edge robotic baby penguins at the Monaco Pavilion, before playing a ‘jump and run’-style game to guide a baby penguin through different challenges, including ice cracks, leopard seals and plastic rubbish, until they are reunited with a group of adult penguins.
Less than 100 days to go until the Monaco Pavilion opens at EXPO 2020 DUBAI on October 1, 2021. The concept for the Monaco Pavilion is “Monaco 360°, a world of opportunities” https://t.co/mhx12h4VUv pic.twitter.com/SdTK6IP0NU— VisitMonaco (@VisitMonaco) July 6, 2021
36. Witness operatic music at Jubilee Park
Expo’s al-Wasl Opera program for students is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for school choirs to come together on the Jubilee Stage and perform extracts from al-Wasl Opera.
37. See augmented reality attraction
Virtual Expo offers a new way to learn, play, interact and be entertained whether you are visiting Expo 2020 in person or logging in from a remote location globally.
38. Check out the world’s first air train
Take a unique sightseeing tour on the world's first compressed Air Train.
39. Experience a garden in the sky
Make your way to the Garden in the Sky where you can stand on its tree-lined upper deck 55 meters from the ground level and get perfect panoramic shots.
40. See how water, earth and fire combine to make the Expo 2020 water feature
Step inside the 14-meter-high walls of the Expo 2020 Water Feature and be mesmerised by the 360-degree immersive water, light and fire show, set to music curated by Game of Thrones composer Ramin Djawadi.
41. Listen to a Beethoven-inspired robotic band
Fusing classical, acoustic, rock and electronic music, the robot orchestra at the Germany Pavilion’s Culture Lab will put on a performance for the ages.
42. Join an Isha prayer by seven award-winning Imams
As the night ushers in the final call to prayer, a spell of tranquillity descends upon al-Wasl. Golden sand cascades down from above, giving shape to great marble pillars of gold and white, inspired by the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque.
Emaar Mosque Expo 2020 Dubai— Animatics design solutions (@AnimaticsDesign) April 17, 2020
Scope: Rendering Shots
Check out these photos-realistic rendering in this beautifully done project #Emaar Mosque #Expo_2020 Dubai that #Animatics recently did .#rendering #architecture animation pic.twitter.com/AJE6suz9kY
43. Discover Dubai Expo 2020’s commitment to the site’s flora
The Expo site includes a 220,000 square meters nursery behind the cultivation of more than 12,000 trees, including palms, more than 256,000 shrubs and thousands of flowering plants and herbs.
44. Learn all about past expos at the World Expo Museum
Visit the World Expo Museum to learn about the incredible history and impact that World Expos have had over the years as stages for introducing to the world some of the most exciting and cutting-edge ideas and innovations
45. Hear from the all-women Firdaus Orchestra
The Firdaus Orchestra is a pioneering women’s ensemble developed exclusively for Expo 2020 under the creative direction and leadership of Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman. The composer is forging new musical paths with female musicians in the Arab world.
46. Breathe Old Dubai’s spirit
Take a walk in the some of our charming alleys that are a true reflection of old Dubai.
47. Explore the best in contemporary UAE design
The MENASA – Emirati Design Hub space showcases the breadth of local design talent and enables you to buy a wide range of contemporary design products, including bespoke craft pieces, homewares, fashion, jewellery, furniture and lifestyle products.
48. Go on a journey through time
Sameem is an open-air pavilion that takes you on a journey through time, where you can engage with Emirati storytellers, artists and artisans as things are built in real-time, right before your eyes.
49. Celebrate female change-makers
The Women’s Pavilion, in collaboration with Cartier, celebrates the important roles of women from around the world throughout history, illustrating that when women thrive, humanity thrives.
50. See the Mission Possible at the Opportunity Pavilion
Be inspired by three individuals – Mariam, Abel, and Mama Fatma – whose seemingly small actions have created a big impact in their communities in the areas of food, water and energy