Dubai Expo 2020

A huge exhibition is coming to Dubai 20 Oct 2020 – 10 April 2021.

History – The Expo was first set up in 1851 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert who built Crystal Palace (not the football club) for the first exhibition. The Eiffel Tower (1889), movies with sound (1905), first phone (1876), first TV broadcast (1939) were all showcased first in the world expo exhibitions.

Where is it –  The 1080 acre site will be in the Dubai South district between Dubai and Abu Dhabi (just by Jebel Ali)

What’s there – Its 173 days of food, music, culture and tech (6 months). There will be 192 participating countries each with their own pavilions. Over 200 food outlets – mixture of street food to haute cuisine. 60 events every day (musical acts, comedy and theatre productions). 100s of pavilions with interactive exhibitions. The UK’s pavilion is centred around artificial intelligence. The UAE’s pavilion will showcase its mission to land on Mars in 2021. Beethoven’s music performed by robots in Germany’s pavilion. For kids – 3D printing to build your own robot workshops

Changes to Dubai – 2020 metro line being built to connect main points in Dubai to the expo site. Plus of course there are more hotels and roads being built for the extra visitors expected. The huge increase in building work which has been taking place in Dubai over the past few years is mainly to increase rooms for this Expo, so the plan is to have everything finished and up and running by next October.

They have created a great video to showcase some of the pavilions and ideas: