From solar-powered rain to the UAE's first-ever opera, this is ExpatWoman's guide on what not to miss at the greatest show on Earth!
4 July 2021| Last updated on 13 October 2021
Expo 2020 Dubai is finally here!
And there's a ton of art, technology, music, gastronomy, and sustainability projects to explore at the event.
From Friday 1st October, 2021 to Thursday 31st March, 2022 – visitors from both the UAE and beyond can expect a lot for their itinerary.
To help you plan your visit, bookmark this page! From the world's first rope-less elevator to robots playing Beethoven classics, ExpatWoman will take you through some of the coolest Expo 2020 sights and experiences that will truly wow you.
1. Hear Robo-Beethoven at the Germany Pavilion
To celebrate the famous Western Classical composer's 250th birthday, the Germany Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will bring you "Robo-Beethoven". The robots will play an homage to Beethoven by playing classical, acoustic, rock, and electronic renditions of his pieces.
2. Marvel at a 3-D Replica of Michelangelo’s David
Almost a year in the making, and 40 hours of digital scanning, visitors at the Dubai Expo 2020 can view a magnificent, true-to-detail 3-D replica of Michelangelo's David.
The iconic Renaissance statue will serve as the centerpiece of the Italy Pavilion, standing just as proud and tall (17 ft.) as the original.
3. Experience the first-ever Emirati opera at the Al Wasl Opera
A thousand years of Emirati culture will be brought to life through a two-hour feature at the Al Wasl Opera. Produced in collaboration with the Welsh National Opera and sung in English, audiences will be captivated by a story centred on unity and connectivity.
The opera show was composed by renowned American composer Mohammed Fairouz, and will feature more than a hundred musicians and artists.
4. Watch nature spring to life through solar-powered rain
Solar-powered rain? It sounds like the perfect thing to have in the UAE's hot desert climate. At Expo 2020, head on down to the Netherlands Pavilion to see how their vertical farm is thriving under artificial indoor rain, powered by the sun!
The project features a giant cone-shaped structure with edible plants, housing and growing mushrooms that will be ready for the the eagerly-awaited exhibition. Visitors at this dazzling green pavilion will see how the solar-powered rain captures moisture from the atmosphere and gather hundreds of litres of water per day to irrigate the mushroom nursery.
5. Take a ride on the world's first ropeless elevator
Remember the great glass elevator in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? The almost-magical lift that could move up, down, sideways and every other which way you can think of going?
Like something straight out of a Roald Dahl novel, Thyssenkrupp will be taking elevator travel to a whole new level, with the introduction of the world's first-ever ropeless elevator for skyscrapers at the Germany Pavilion.
The cabins can move in horizontal and vertical directions through advanced magnetic technology.
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6. Watch the stars of the wild
Located within Al Wasl Plaza's garden, visitors are in for a treat with a stunning and immersive show featuring beautiful creatures bathed in light.
7. Explore futuristic luxury cars
On top of robot Beethoven, visitors to the Germany Pavilion can explore other feats of modern science technology, including the latest luxury cars.
The German state of Baden-Württemberg, famed as the home to several world-famous luxury car names, will have its own location at Expo 2020 - perfect for petrolheads!