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With Less Than 500 Days Left Until Expo 2020, Here Are the Top 5 Highlights to Expect

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20 June 2019

Last updated on 23 June 2019
Top 5 Highlights to Expect from Expo 2020

What are the best things happening in Expo 2020? Read on to find out

Good news – today marks exactly 485 days until the start of Expo 2020, on October 20, 2020 – April 10, 2021.

Even better news – We’re as excited as you are for the 6-month world-uniting celebration, featuring future-shaping technologies, innovation, as well as food and culture from over 190 participating countries.

Before we know it, architecture and other installments will be popping up around Dubai and the city will really look like its futuristic counterpart, Starbase Yorktown, in “Star Trek Beyond”.

With that in mind, here are the top five things we can expect between now and the arrival of Expo 2020.

1. Country pavilions

Reflecting the essence and aspirations of the guest countries, these pavilions will surely be a wonder to see. There, within the expo’s site where the Brazil pavilion will lie – an immersive experience is preparing to take visitors and residents to the abundant, lush nature the nation is known for. Green landscapes, rolling rivers, bright blue skies, and a literal reflection pool.

Sweden will also be following a nature theme, with thousands of wooden posts like that of tree trunks. This is the public area, where visitors will be able to feel as though they’re going to cafes and exhibitions in the middle of a Swedish forest. Offices and conference rooms will be raised above the ground, elevated like a partial roof.

With more and more glimpses of the pavilion designs being released to the public, we’re eager to experience the completed sites.

2. Expo Global Best Practice Programme

A must-see – this platform will be showcasing projects that can provide solutions to some of the world’s biggest challenges. Focusing on the initiatives’ simplicity and effectiveness, the program will be highlighting how they can be applied to a global context.

The projects featured will relate to one of the five priority topics, and either one of the cross-cutting themes or enablers for development.

Priority topics

  • Resilient habitats
  • Livelihoods and enterprise development
  • Social development (health and/or education)
  • Water, food and energy security
  • Inclusive and sustainable service delivery

Cross-cutting themes

  • Gender equality
  • Climate change and disaster risk
  • Good governance and strong institutions

Enablers for development

  • Innovation and technology for good
  • Access to finance

3. Over 111k jobs

With more opportunities for collaborations and foreign investments, Expo 2020 is estimated to generate over 111,000 jobs. The expo is expected to dramatically transform the city, providing a boom in the tourism and hospitality sectors. Almost all new job opportunities will be linked to the expo.

Since winning the bid to host the expo, Dubai has spent the last several years making considerable investments in preparation.

SEE ALSO: Dubai Has the Lowest Unemployment Rate in the World According to Survey

The industries estimated to generate new employment opportunities are below:

  • Travel and Tourism
  • Hospitality
  • Aviation
  • Real Estate
  • Transportation
  • Engineering
  • Retail
  • Logistics

4. 75 entertainment events every day

With thousands of people expected to visit the expo site, it will eventually have its own metro station that is hoped to transport 44,000 passengers per hour. 75 entertainment events per day are just enough for such a crowd.

Every day during the 6-month long expo, one of the 192 participating countries will present a cultural experience, including parades and other showcases.

Events will range from live performances, mindfulness sessions, extreme sports, cultural and fashion shows, panels with the world's experts in a variety of fields, and so much more.

And you know that Dubai likes to end big events with a massive bang - expect plenty of firework shows after sunset.

5. Emerging districts

Infrastructure planning projects in line with Expo 2020 has led to emerging urban neighborhoods. You can expect new properties and commercial spaces near the event site and Al Maktoum Airport, such as Mudon, Meydan City, Dubai South, and Town Square. These are expected to become the new downtown as the city is already experiencing a faster inflow of new residents.

In numbers

Ticket prices

AED 120 (one-day pass)
AED 260 (three-day pass)
Kids ages 5 and below, senior citizens, and people with determination go for free

Visitors expected

70% is estimated to come from outside UAE

Volunteers expected

Expo 2020 is seeking around 30,000 volunteers for over 45 roles, such as event managing and the welcome team. Those interested can apply here.

Venue size

4.38sqkm - Dubai South district, near Al Maktoum International Airport.