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All information about the Expo 2020 world exhibition in Dubai. How do you get tickets and what do they cost? What is the opening date? Which countries participate? What transport is there to the Expo?

Really all information including details about the 192 countries participating in the world exhibition.

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About the World Expo

What is the Expo anyway?

The Expo is a major international world exhibition that was first organized by the United Kingdom and Ireland in 1851.

The purpose of the Expo is to bring together different countries that in turn exchange the latest ideas and innovations.

After the enormous success of the first Expo in London, more and more world exhibitions took place, so that sometimes there were several Expo's in 1 year. To stop this abundant increase, the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions) was established in 1928.

This organization was responsible for ensuring that the frequency of the exhibitions was limited. The BIE also raised an eye on the content and value of the exhibition. Smaller exhibitions were therefore no longer allowed to use the name Expo.

How often does the Expo take place?

There is no set timetable for the world exhibitions. We can assume that an Expo takes place almost every year. But every Expo is not the same size.

You have registered exhibitions (called World Expos) and recognized exhibitions (called Specialized Expos). The specialized exhibitions are, as the name suggests, specialized in one subject.

The latest in Kazakhstan, for example, was a specialized Expo, the theme was about energy efficient and environmentally conscious. This Expo was therefore named Future Energy. The last major world exhibition (2015) took place in, Milan, Italy.

In the table below you can see the Expos of the past 10 years and the exhibitions that still have to take place, such as Dubai Expo 2020, which by the way is again a World Expo.

List of exhibitions since 2010

2010 World Expo: China
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This World Expo took place from May to October 2010 in Shanghai and received more than 70 million visitors. The theme of this Expo loud, Better City, Better Life.

2012 Specialised Expo: South Korea
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This Specialised Expo took place from May to August 2012 in Yeosu and received more than 8 million visitors. The theme of this Expo loud, The Living Ocean and Coast.

2015 World Expo: Italy
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This World Expo took place from May to October 2015 in Milan and received more than 20 million visitors. The theme of this Expo loud, Feeding the planet, Energy for Life.

2017 Specialised Expo: Kazakhstan
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This Specialised Expo took place from June to September 2017 in Astana and received more than 4 million visitors. The theme of this Expo loud, Future Energy.

2020 World Expo: United Arab Emirates
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This World Expo takes place from October 2020 to April 2021 in Dubai. The theme of this Expo loud, Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

2023 Specialised Expo: Argentina
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This Specialised Expo takes place in Buenos Aires. The theme of this Expo loud, Creative Industries in Digital Convergence.

2025 World Expo: Japan
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This World Expo takes place in Osaka. The theme of this Expo loud, Designing Future Society for Our Lives.

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About the world Expo

Dubai Expo 2020, the 35th world exhibition

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35th edition of the World Expo

Dubai Expo 2020 is the 35th edition of the World Expo. In total there were 5 countries in the running to organize this edition, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Thailand was the first to be rejected on June 12, 2013 for the world exhibition. This is because the Thai government could not give certain guarantees for the event. In the following months, the remaining 4 countries were evaluated, starting with Russia in July 2013 and ending in UAE, October 2013. These were also the last two remaining countries after the evaluation.

The verdict finally fell on 27 November 2013 during a general meeting of BIE (Bureau International des Expositions). Of the 163 votes, Dubai in the UAE received no fewer than 116 votes in favor and only 47 against. With this it was certain that Dubai in the United Arab Emirates could organize the next and also 35th edition of the gigantic world exhibition.

35th edition of the World Expo

What can you expect from the Dubai Expo 2020?

Dubai is world famous for the giant Palm Islands, Burj Khalifa, the sail-like Burj Al Arab hotel and many more major sights. They are all masterpieces! This will also be no different on the Expo site. You can expect a real architectural spectacle.

A total of 192 countries are participating in the Expo. They each make their own contribution with their own pavilion, one larger and more special than the other.

Entertainment will not be missing. There are more than 200 restaurants, from fast food to the refined cuisine. In addition, you can also count on more than 50 live shows per day.

Where and when is Dubai Expo 2020?

The Expo 2020 site is 4.38 km² in size and is located in the Dubai South district. It is close to Al Maktoum International Airport and within easy reach of Dubai International Airport and Abu Dhabi International Airport.

There is also a good connection with the Cruise Terminals in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. The site is also easily accessible by metro. Expo will have its own metro station that can carry 36,000 passengers per hour. This will run on the brand new Route 2020 metro line.

Dubai Expo 2020 will be open for 6 months or 173 days from October 20, 2020 to April 10, 2021. The Expo is open Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. During the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, the Expo is open one hour later, namely until 2 a.m.

Dubai Expo 2020, the 35th world exhibition

Buy tickets for Dubai Expo 2020

Dubai Expo 2020 tickets

Ticket packages

There are 2 types of tickets available for Dubai Expo 2020 and a monthly and seasonal pass. Depending on the ticket you get 1 or 3 days access to the Expo.

The monthly pass is logically valid for a month, while with a seasonal pass you have access during the entire Expo period.

Admission is free for children up to 5 years old, the disabled and adults older than 65 years.

Students and children from 6 to 17 years receive a 50% discount on their ticket.

Ticket typePrice
1-day ticket
AED 120 ($ 32.67)
3-day ticket
AED 260 ($ 70.79)
Monthly Pass
AED 350 ($ 94)
Season Pass
AED 595 ($ 161)
Season Pass Premium
AED 895 ($ 242)
Season Pass Ultimate
AED 1.295 ($ 350)

Progress of Dubai Expo 2020

The Expo 2020 site is working hard on the construction of the pavilions as well as on the infrastructure such as metro stations, Expo Village, car parks, ... The official website of Dubai Expo 2020 regularly releases a video of the site's progress.

More info about the latest news can be found here on the Dubai Expo 2020 website.

Progress of Dubai Expo 2020

The different districts at Dubai Expo 2020

Every World Expo has a theme. For example, the theme of the previous Expo in Milan (2015) was Feeding the planet, Energy for life. Dubai Expo 2020 has the theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future. This theme is divided on the Dubai Expo site into 3 different districts, Mobility, Opportunity and Sustainability. Each of these districts houses different pavilions. Each district has its own main pavilion.

Mobility Pavilion

Mobility District

Moving on up: human progress through physical and digital realms.

Opportunity Pavilion

Opportunity District

Triggers visitors to realize the important role that they can play in human development through their actions.

Sustainability Pavilion

Sustainability District

Embark on a journey for our planet and choose your path for our shared future.

Participating countries for Dubai Expo 2020

A total of 192 countries are participating in the Dubai World Expo 2020. In October 2020, Dubai Junkies will go on a exploration of the Dubai Expo for a week. We will make a separate article with information, photos and possibly videos of the most beautiful and important pavilions.

In the list below you already get an overview of the most important pavilions.

Dubai Expo 2020 pavilions

Austria Pavilion
Austria Pavilion
Azerbaijan Pavilion
Azerbaijan Pavilion
Belarus Pavilion
Belarus Pavilion
Belgium Pavilion
Belgium Pavilion
Brazil Pavilion
Brazil Pavilion
Canada Pavilion
Canada Pavilion
China Pavilion
China Pavilion
Czech Republic Pavilion
Czech Republic Pavilion
Finland Pavilion
Finland Pavilion
France Pavilion
France Pavilion
Germany Pavilion
Germany Pavilion
Italy Pavilion
Italy Pavilion
Japan Pavilion
Japan Pavilion
Republic of Korea Pavilion
Republic of Korea Pavilion
Luxembourg Pavilion
Luxembourg Pavilion
Malaysia Pavilion
Malaysia Pavilion
Monaco Pavilion
Monaco Pavilion
Montenegro Pavilion
Montenegro Pavilion
Morocco Pavilion
Morocco Pavilion
Netherlands Pavilion
Netherlands Pavilion
New Zealand Pavilion
New Zealand Pavilion
Norway Pavilion
Norway Pavilion
Oman Pavilion
Oman Pavilion
Peru Pavilion
Peru Pavilion
Philippines Pavilion
Philippines Pavilion
Poland Pavilion
Poland Pavilion
Russia Pavilion
Russia Pavilion
Spain Pavilion
Spain Pavilion
Saudi Arabia Pavilion
Saudi Arabia Pavilion
Singapore Pavilion
Singapore Pavilion
Sweden Pavilion
Sweden Pavilion
Switzerland Pavilion
Switzerland Pavilion
Thailand Pavilion
Thailand Pavilion
Turkmenistan Pavilion
Turkmenistan Pavilion
UAE Pavilion
UAE Pavilion
UK Pavilion
UK Pavilion
Ukraine Pavilion
Ukraine Pavilion
USA Pavilion
USA Pavilion
Participating countries for Dubai Expo 2020

Where to stay during Dubai Expo 2020?

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