In a year’s time, Dubai will be hosting the ﬁrst World Expo ever held in the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asian region. Starting October 20, 2020, Dubai will host this world event for 173 days, until April 10, 2021 and will bring together the best innovations, trade practices, environmentally friendly products and clean energy solutions from all over the world.
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013 for the worlds Expo 2020.
Based on the theme “Connecting Minds” Creating the Future, Dubai Expo 2020 will focus on three sub-themes: Mobility, Sustainability, and Opportunity. In other words, Expo 2020 will revolve around the UN Sustainable Development Goals that recognizes sustainable solutions to global challenges such as clean and suitable energy.
The Expo area spreads over a landscape of 4 km long and 1.8 km wide. The construction works made up 43% of total government spending in 2018 and is still ongoing. It is estimated a total projected investment value Expo 2020 AED 25 billion / 6.8 billion USD will happen. With the participating countries of 192, nearly all nations will be present.
Expo 2020 Dubai is estimated to boost the UAE economy by AED122.6 billion ($33.4 billion).
There are 195 countries in the world today. This total comprises 193 countries that are member states of the United Nations and 2 countries that are non-member observer states: the Holy See and the State of Palestine.
Expo 2020 Dubai logo was decided by His Highness, Sheikh Mohammed in Rashid Al Maktoum inspired by an ancient golden ring.
Over a period of 6 months, the estimated number of visitors is 25 million, with 70% of all visitors expected to come from over 200 countries. On the glory side, the estimated numbers of jobs created is 300,000.
Dubai Expo 2020 is considered as the third-largest global event in terms of economic and cultural impact after the Olympic Games (2016 Brazil had 6.6 million tourists visitors) and the FIFA World Cup (2018 Russia had 7.7 million visitors).
What happens after the event with the constructed buildings? 90% of the materials used to construct the site will be used to create legacy buildings after the event. More than 1,200 contracts have been awarded to SMEs, representing more than half of all contracts awarded.
Hotel rooms in the emirate will have gone from around 65,000 rooms to 100,000 rooms by the start of the Expo.
Half of the energy that will be used by Expo 2020 Dubai will come from renewable sources. Dubai Expo 2020 aims to divert 85% of all waste from landfill by reducing, reusing, recycling and repurposing turning waste into everything from fertilizer to souvenir t-shirts.
The transportation from and to the Expo 2020 Dubai will have a dedicated metro station capable of carrying 23,000 passengers per hour.
On the Expo 2020, a single-day adult ticket will cost Dh120 ($33), while a three-day pass, which can be used on any three days during the 173 days of the Expo, will be priced at Dh260 ($71), organizers announced in April 2019.