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Expo 2020 Dubai

Around the world in one day at Expo 2020 Dubai

Wed, October 13, 2021

Follow this itinerary and plan an action-packed day filled with the best the world fair has to offer.

Follow this itinerary and plan an action-packed day filled with the best the world fair has to offer.

10am: Get your Expo 2020 Dubai passport

First things first  – once you enter through the gates of Expo 2020, make your way to any of the stores on site and pick up your own Expo 2020 Dubai passport. this one-of-a-kind souvenir costs just AED20 and is full of images of the pavilions and some of the most iconic destinations. Plan your visits to include a stop at every landmark and get your passport stamped, creating a memento that you can flick back through to relive your time at Dubai's epic world fair. Another top tip? Make sure to download the Expo 2020 Dubai app and create your own shortlist of all the venues you want to visit. There's also a handy interactive map in the app which can help you navigate with ease. 

10:15am: Visit a thematic pavilion

Expo 2020 Dubai has three incredible districts, each with their own theme: Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability. You can start off your Expo journey by choosing one of the three districts and making your way to the thematic pavilion. What's on offer? You can ride on the world’s largest passenger lift at Alif – The Mobility Pavilion, or go underneath a dense forest to see how roots communicate with each other in Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion. At Opportunity you can explore how to make a difference in creating a better world at Mission Possible. Whichever you choose, this is the best way to find out what Expo 2020 is all about. 

11:30am: See the host pavilion

Visit the UAE pavilion, one of Expo 2020 Dubai’s most iconic architectural structures. Located in Al Forsan, the stunning white pavilion is conceptualized by Santiago Calatrave, the architect behind Milwaukee Art Museum, among others. It is designed to represent the national bird of the UAE, a falcon and you can picture the wings of the majestic bird when viewed aerially. Inside you can learn all about the journey of the UAE and marvel in awe at how far this young country has come in just 50 years. If you've worked up an appetite afterwards, you can visit head towards Jubilee Park which is flanked by several foodie hotspots such as Rising Flavours, Alkebulan and more. 

12:45pm: Watch the Colours of the World

Every afternoon from 12:45pm to 1:30pm, the Colours of the World parade makes its way along Ghaf Avenue at Al Wasl Zone. Spectators will be treated to an array of multicultural performers, musicians, and artists from all over the globe at this vibrant show. Over the course of Expo 2020, every country's national day will also be celebrated in style at this international parade.

2-5pm: Go on a worldwide adventure

Now it's time to go on a world tour! Choose from 192 pavilions representing the countries of the world starting with your own. Next, walk around your chosen district and discover the hidden gems, breakthrough technology and future innovations that each country has chosen to showcase at the world fair. There are so many to choose from, so our tip is to select a district to cover as many pavilions as you can. Don't forget to stamp your passport, and also use the Smart Queue system in the Expo 2020 app to skip the lines. 

Did you know the first world fair was held in 1851 in London? Learn about the history of the fair when you visit the World Expo Museum. Here, you can discover the incredible impact that these events have had over the years through interactive displays, and find out about some of the world-class innovations and cutting-edge inventions that have been introduced at past events.

5:30pm: Enjoy the view from the Garden in the Sky

Take a trip up to the top of the 55m-tall Garden in the Sky, an observation tower at the heart of the Expo 2020 site. The entire deck goes up and down the tower, and it rotates to give you breathtaking 360-degree views of the whole site. There are even trees up there, so you can be surrounded by nature as you admire the views.

6:30pm: Watch a dazzling show at Al Wasl Plaza

As evening falls, head to the dome-shaped Al Wasl Plaza and see the dome light up with its 360-degree projection screen – the largest of its kind in the world. The entire space is transformed with awe-inspiring shows that have to be seen to be believed and you'll be mesmerised as underwater fantasy worlds and childhood-inspired dreamscapes take shape in the sky high above you.

8pm till late: Enjoy the entertainment every night

Expo 2020 Dubai has a packed calendar of events and entertainment every night to keep visitors entertained. As part of the Late Nights @ Expo programme, you can see performers from all over the world come together to create magical mash-ups at the Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre. Also superstar performers from all over the world (including the likes of Atif Aslam and Alicia Keys) will be belting out their hits at the Al Wasl Plaza during Infinite Nights. With dining, street food and local musical performances around, the festive atmosphere continues all night long. Keep an eye on Expo 2020's calendar for the latest event information.

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