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Dubai World Expo2020: spectacular journey into future sustainability and travel

Updated: May 20, 2022

Dubai is one of the main HUBs in the Middle East. It’s quite a spectacular city as it is built in the desert. It was our third visit here, but this time we came especially for the World Expo. The expo was planned originally in 2020 but due to the pandemic it was postponed to 2021. You can visit the expo as from 1st of October 2021 until 31st of March 2022.

I would recommend not to go before 1st of November because of the heat.

Travel tips for visiting the World Expo & Dubai:

- Check out the current Covid19 restrictions before departure. There are several differences depending on your nationality. I would also advise you to take a direct flight if possible. We had a transfer in Doha and needed a second PCR test upon arrival in Dubai. You can check the current rules here.

- Make sure to take only an official taxi at the airport, you will find many as soon as you leave the airport. There are unofficial taxi drivers inside the airport trying to convince you to take their taxi, you will pay more than double so please avoid this trap.

- If you are travelling to Dubai mainly to visit the World Expo, I would recommend you to stay in the hotel near the Expo (as it’s about one hour from downtown Dubai), The Marina & Jumeirah Beach area are closer. The only hotel on site of Expo is Rove Expo 2020 Hotel.

- Restaurants & bars: there are plenty of food facilities in different price ranges, from

streetfood to fine dining, perfect to discover the world’s cuisines. If you are a true foodie check out: ‘The future of Food: Epochal Banquet.’ Here you can enjoy a two-hour dining experience inspired by space travel, microbiology and artificial intelligence. Welcome in 2320!

- If you get tired from walking around (we did about 60.000 steps in 3 days), don’t forget to use the ‘people-mover’, these buses will take you from one district to another. Or use the Expo Explorer: you can experience two types of sustainable transportation on these electrical or compressed-air trains.

- Prices: tickets are available at following prices: Daypass or October PASS (you can use it every day in October): 95 AED (about 24 €), Multi-Day PASS: 195 AED (49€) for 30 days or a Season Pass (for the complete period) at 495 AED (124€) Check here for more details.

What’s not be missed at the World Expo?

At the heart of Expo2020 you will find Al Wasl Plaza, a 360-degree projection canvas, the beating heart of the Expo, around which all else flows. It’s of course also the symbol of the expo’s theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

There are 3 subthemes:

- Opportunity: unleashing human potential and showing how we can create change when we all work together to solve global challenges. We visited a few pavilions in this district:

The opportunity pavilion which focused on ‘Mission Possible’. Get inspired here by three individuals from different parts of the world who have implemented community change related to water, food and energy. Reminding people that small actions can have a big impact.

o The pavilion of Peru: where you get the story of a local farmer who discovered that you could gain water out of the fog. (Fog Catcher) Simply by catching water from woven nets that are placed everywhere on farmer lands in Peru.