The countdown to Expo 2020 is on and the excitement leading to the event is growing, with early announcements already sprucing up the venue.
Expo 2020 Dubai prices have been announced. A single-entry ticket will cost 95 dirhams ($26) while a six-month pass will cost 495 dirhams ($135).
From October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will be an unmissable global experience, welcoming more than 190 countries.
It is expected to attract more than 25 million visitors from all over the world to discover life-changing innovations. The mega event aims to drive collaboration and innovation to develop real-life solutions as the world heads into a post-pandemic economic recovery.
At 100 days to go to the event, Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum tweeted, “100 days to go for Expo 2020 Dubai, the world’s largest cultural event. 50,000 employees have set up 192 pavilions and 30,000 volunteers are ready to welcome the world at Expo 2020 Dubai.”
He added, “the global community is preparing for a new stage of collaboration by harnessing science and technology to combat the pandemic. Expo 2020 Dubai provides the platform for sharing knowledge and innovations.”
Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the MEASA region in the 170-year history of the mega-events.
Countries will be clustered not by their geography, but under Expo 2020’s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability.
Expo 2020 Dubai will run under the slogan “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.”
Get a kick out of Expo 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai and City Football Group have kicked off a new partnership that will see the largest event in the Arab world become the Official Exhibition Partner of English Premier League champions Manchester City.
Under the partnership, Expo 2020 will also become the Official Partner of Indian Super League champions Mumbai City FC.
Reflecting the global nature of Expo 2020 and its participants, as well as the diverse, multicultural population of the UAE, the partnership will also be amplified around the world through the wider City Football Group network, with local activations planned at a number of other City Group clubs, including New York City FC, Melbourne City FC and Yokohama F. Marinos.
Expo 2020’s cultural online game
Salama’s Secret: Hidden Objects, the new Expo 2020 Dubai mobile puzzle game, is now available in both Android and iOS app stores.
The Maysalward game introduces the Expo 2020 Dubai mascots and builds on the story of the wise Ghaf tree Salama, a symbol of peace and tolerance with a deep-rooted connection to the history and culture of the UAE.
Salama’s Secret: Hidden Objects includes unique puzzles and find-the-objects gameplay, as well as fun and exciting Expo 2020 Dubai characters and scenes.
The hidden object game genre is popular with gamers across the world and the theme reflects the adventurous and inquisitive nature of the Expo 2020 Dubai mascots. Through the game’s different levels, players will learn about Expo 2020 Dubai and engage with Rashid and Latifa, and with the help of the super robot guardians, Opti, Alif, and Terra, take on a range of challenges.
Expo 2020’s best seat in the house
The only hotel at the Expo 2020 Dubai site has opened for bookings.
The Rove Expo 2020 was pitched as having the best seats in the house given its commanding view of Al Wasl Plaza, one of the main attractions at the event.
The plaza’s enormous trellis dome will host the opening ceremony on October 1, during which images will be beamed onto the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface.
The hotel’s rooftop swimming pool and most of the 300-plus rooms overlook the dome. Rooms cost from Dh1,000 ($272) a night and include Expo 2020 tickets for the duration of stay. Being the only place to stay on the 438-hectare site, the hotel has an advantage. The hotel opens on October 1, the same day as the Expo.
Other hotels are a 15-minute drive away in the surrounding Dubai South and Dubai Investments Park areas.
Expo organizers have also laid out plans for a residential and commercial neighborhood called District 2020 as part of a legacy master plan to build a thriving community.
Expo 2020’s rainforest
The Brazilian pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai will use as many as 140 mega projectors to bring the country’s stunning biodiversity alive. It vows to take visitors on a journey through Brazil’s rainforests and amazon river basin.
Half of the 4,000 sqm area of the pavilion will be filled with water where visitors can get their feet wet, relax and relish a tranquil experience, Elias Martins Filho, Commissioner-General for Brazil, told Khaleej Times.
The building was inspired by the Rio Negro — the largest left tributary of the Amazon River. The pavilion’s floor resembles the stilt houses common in the riverside areas of Brazil’s northern region.
The pavilion would promote biodiversity and environmental preservation by showcasing the benefits of multiculturalism and sustainable best practices.