As excitement builds up for Expo 2020 Dubai, there is a nagging question for any one gearing up to visit the event: "What am I going to do there?" With the Expo site spanning 4.38 sq km, twice the size of Monaco, there is bound to be something to do and enjoy, somewhere. So where do you start?
To help daily visitors better navigate the vast expanse of the site, Expo 2020 Dubai has announced a series of curated itineraries that are designed around different "passions and interests". These itineraries are available in a half-day, full-day or three-day formats, and can be availed as guided or self-guided journeys. The organisers have also released the Expo 2020 Mobile App, which can be used for any of the self-guided tours. There are different attractions that appeal to various segments, the organisers say, including families, couples, students and business travellers.
"Expo 2020 is for explorers, foodies and culture enthusiasts, for children and grandparents, for entrepreneurs, inventors and businesses travellers, for the casual tourist, and for the curious who want to experience the future – now," said Sumathi Ramanathan, vice-president, market strategy and sales, Expo 2020 Dubai, in a statement. "Our easy-to-access itineraries will enable every visitor to discover the game-changing innovations, world-class entertainment and once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are relevant to them, ensuring everyone who walks through our doors has a safe experience that amazes, inspires and excites the senses."
Expo 2020 said that it has provided a sneak peek at the various itineraries and attractions of the site, having welcomed more than 100,000 visitors in the past five months to preview Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion. It has also hosted hundreds of delegates from participating countries at the final International Participants Meeting at the Expo’s Dubai Exhibition Centre.
Expo itineraries: take a pick
Expo Essentials: This tour provides a glimpse of what the world offers in one place, featuring world fusion music, choirs and orchestral performances, and cuisines from countries visitors may have never considered before. It will also showcase innovations such as the world’s largest radio satellite capable of detecting signals from alien life and a 4D ‘bioprinter’ that can reproduce live cells.
Expo for Families: An interactive journey packed with fun, educational experiences for all ages, from a Beethoven-inspired robo-band to an encounter with a giant sharp-toothed fish.
Expo for Couples: While the Expo is all about innovations, technology and sustainability, there are also nooks and crannies scattered throughout that perfect for a romantic date. This tour is for those who want to discover Expo 202’s most romantic offerings, including the centrepiece Al Wasl Plaza, which lights up at night with spectacular light shows on its 360-degree projection surface.
Expo Architecture and Design Journey: Expo 2020 is a treasure trove of architectural marvels – from the falcon-shaped UAE Pavilion to self-sustaining buildings and pavilions that merge nature and architecture. This tour takes visitors through some of site’s architectural masterpieces.
Expo for Foodies: Visitors get a taste of the future, literally, as tour participants explore the future of food, discover a star chef, or sample a new cuisine while taking in a show.
Expo Health and Wellness Journey: Health buffs will enjoy the various activities such as bike rides and yoga classes in Jubilee Park. Participants can also try the latest superfoods and discover life-changing healthcare innovations.
Business and Entrepreneurship Journey: An inspirational experience for budding entrepreneurs, who will explore how change-makers from around the world strategise to create a lasting impact.
Expo Mobility Journey: An impressive showcase of next-generation innovations moving data, people and goods across the world. Learn the latest innovations in mobility, from how AI is changing the way we live, learn and play, to the future of air travel.
Expo Energy Journey: A must for those who aspire a sustainable lifestyle as it explores vertical farms as well as net-zero energy pavilions.
Expo for Techies and Innovators: Exploring AI, space and augmented reality, this tech tour has one unique feature: a break for lunch with robots.
Health and safety measures
Precautionary measures will be adopted throughout the Expo 2020 site to ensure the safety of all visitors, participants and staff. Health and safety measures at the site include thermal cameras and sanitisation stations, mandatory face-mask wearing and social-distancing regulations. Expo 2020 also offers free Covid-19 vaccinations to all official participants and their staff.
According to Expo 2020, the site will also have three "world-class" medical and Covid-19 testing facilities.
182 days of Expo
Expo 2020 will open on October 1 and will run until March 31. Being held in the year of the UAE’s Golden Jubilee, Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. It will have more than 200 participants, including over 190 countries, as well as multilateral organisations, businesses and educational establishments.
The Expo promises up to 60 live events each day, while visitors can enjoy global cuisines from from 200 food and beverage outlets.
The Expo site will be open from 10am to midnight during weekdays and from 10am-2am during weekends and special days.
How to get there
Located in Dubai South, the Expo Site is close to Al Maktoum International Airport and is accessible by public transport through the Route 2020 Metro extension and Expo Rider, a dedicated complimentary public bus service.