Expo 2020 Dubai
Expo 2020 Dubai will take place from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021, its theme is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”.
For the first time a Universal Exhibition will be held in the region which includes the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia (MENASA).
The theme chosen is reminiscent of the spirit of collaboration and cooperation that led the United Arab Emirates to success when exploring
new ways of innovation and development.
Dubai will act as a catalyst, connecting minds from all over the world and inspiring participants
to take action on shared challenges, based on the principles of sustainability, mobility and opportunity.
Expo 2020 Dubai: numbers and location
The Universal Exhibition of Dubai 2020 coincides with the 50th anniversary of the birth of the United Arab Emirates, the Country’s Golden Jubilee, and will be the stepping-stone for launching the decades to come.
The site of the Universal Exhibition of Dubai 2020 is halfway between Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Two times as big as the site of the Universal Exhibition in Milan, it is located in South Dubai, situated near Porto di Jebel Ali and it’s close to the newly built Al Maktoum International airport, which will be fully operative before 2020.
The location’s center, where public events will take place, will be Al Wasl plaza, while the three sub-themes of the event, sustainability, mobility and opportunity, will be developed targeting augmented reality and digital technology in other pavilions designed by the architectural offices of BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Foster + Partners and Grimshaw.
The United Arab Emirates pavilion will also have the signature of an archistar: Santiago Calatrava.
The organizing committee of Expo 2020 Dubai aims to complete the construction of Expo Village, a residential village for the personnel of participating countries, by 2018, and to finish everything by 2019.
Expo 2020 Dubai: investments and opportunities
According to Dubai authorities, over the next few years, all of the services and sectors connected to Expo 2020 will create 275,000 jobs and,
in general, the exhibition will produce an estimated economic impact of 17,7 billion euros.
Significant, therefore, the funds that will have to be invested in the areas of infrastructure and transportation, in the hospitality and real estate sectors,
and in the production and distribution of energy. These sectors and industries open great business
opportunities for companies all over the world, in particular for Italian companies.
Expo 2015 Milan, in fact, passes the baton to Dubai and a Memorandum of Understanding has been sealed between the two big cities to ensure close collaboration between
the two entities for the development of the best practices that Milan can apply in Dubai.