EXPO DUBAI 2020

Expo 2020 will take place in the United Arab Emirates from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 and is the first Universal Exposition to be held in an Arab country.

 

The United Arab Emirates, with a GDP of € 382.6 billion in 2017, is the second largest economy among the GCC countries. In recent years the country has embarked on a process of economic differentiation, focusing on non-energy sectors to balance the drop in oil prices and global economic stagnation.

Thanks to Expo 2020, for six months Dubai will turn into a world showcase and a unique opportunity for visitors and for companies all over the world. Each participating country will present the best of its projects on the themes chosen for the expo (opportunities, mobility and sustainability).

 

The theme for the Italy Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai is: “Beauty connects people“. The Pavilion will be close to those of India, Germany, Saudi Arabia, Japan and the United States and expects an influx of over 28 thousand visitors a day and over 5 million in the six months of the event.

THEME
“Connecting Minds, Creating the Future”

Sub themes:

OPPORTUNITIES: promote the development of individual and collective skills

MOBILITY: create smarter and more productive systems for the movement of goods, people and ideas

SUSTAINABILITY: respect and live together in harmony with the world we live in

WHEN?

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022

WHERE?

Expo Road, Dubai South, Jebel Ali, Dubai,
United Arab Emirates.

CONTACTS

Contact Centre: (+971) 800 EXPO (3976)
Main Office: +971 4 555 2020

NUMBERS OF EXPO DUBAI

200+

Participating countries

25 Million

Visitors expected

7 Billion of $

Invested for the site

100 Bil. of $

Estimated turnover

270-300 thous

New jobs

TRANSPORTS

Tickets

The cost of the admission ticket for adults for 1 day is 120 AED (30 euros).

The cost of the admission ticket for adults for 3 days is 260 AED (63 euros).

Free enter for children aged five or under, disabled persons and adults over the age of 65.

Children (6 to 17 years), carers of disabled people and students will receive a 50% discount.

Tickets will be available on the official website of the event and authorized dealers.

Instructions if you rent a car

A first-rate network of roads and highways connects Dubai and the neighboring Emirates, making it a great way to explore the country. In the UAE, cars drive on the right side. Speed ​​limits are clearly displayed and are usually 60-80 km/h (37-50 mph) in the city and 100-120 km/h (60-75 mph) on motorways.

Hot to get to the Dubai 2020 Expo site from the airport

With an area of ​​4.38 square kilometers, the site of Expo 2020 is located in the southern district of Dubai. The site of the Universal Exposition is equidistant from the main cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi and to facilitate the transport between these two cities, the realization of an amazing train is planned. This is the Hyperloop, the capsule-powered solar panel train that can connect the two metropolises (157 km away) in just 12 minutes! The site is easily accessible from all three airports: Dubai World Central (DWC), Dubai International Airport (DXB) and the Abu Dhabi International Airport (AHU). The site will also have its own metro station connected to the airports, capable of carrying 36,000 passengers per hour.

How to move in Dubai

Arriving in Dubai, you can find a series of public taxis awaiting your arrival and, being a relatively small city, you can expect to be at your hotel or your remote office in less than 30 minutes. Taxis accept most major credit cards and will soon be Wi-Fi enabled to allow passengers to stay connected on the road. Alternatively, you can use apps like Uber or local Careem to hire a taxi.

 

Dubai also has an extremely efficient metro line. The red line runs through the heart of the city along the Sheikh Zayed Road artery. The stations serve the main commercial hubs, such as the World Trade Center, hosting many of the city’s major conventions and exhibitions and the Dubai International Financial Center. The line continues south to Jebel Ali and is extended to serve the World Expo 2020 site.

 

To make the most of Dubai’s public transport system, you can buy a prepaid NOL card, which can be used for the underground, trams, buses and taxis. NOL cards can be purchased from any of the selected Dubai metro and bus stations.

DUBAI: Areas

Downtown Dubai

Center

With Burj Khalifa as landmark, Downtown Dubai has become the new Dubai’s center.

Nearby places:

Dubai Fountain (66 m)
Burj Khalifa (181 m)
Dubai Mall (437 m)
Safa Park (3.1 km)
Dubai Zoo (3.5 km)

Deira

North of Dubai Creek

Deira is the ancient center of Dubai and one of the most important places in the city for its commercial role.

Nearby places:

Spice Souk (145 m)
Gold Souk (169 m)
Al-Ahmadiya School (265 m)
Heritage House (274 m)
Dubai Creek (352 m)

Bur Dubai

South of Dubai Creek

Bur Dubai preserves the charm of the past and offers the possibility of getting to know a different Dubai, far from the skyscrapers.

Nearby places:

Bur Dubai Souk (93 m)
Dubai Museum (335 m)
Al-Ahmadiya School (481 m)
Dubai Creek (490 m)
Heritage House (498 m)

Jumeirah

North waterfront

Jumeirah is the most famous Dubai’s coastal area and the preferred neighborhood for foreigners living in the city.

Nearby places:

Safa Park (3 km)
Jumeirah Beach Park (3 km)
Umm Suqeim Beach (4 km)
Open Beach (4.3 km)
Wild Wadi Water Park (5 km)

Dubai Marina

South waterfront

Located in the Nuevo Dubai’s heart, Dubai Marina is one of the most pleasant areas of Dubai and where the most modern buildings are located.

Nearby places:

Ibn Battuta Mall (4.1 km)
Palm Jumeirah (4.6 km)
Aquaventure Water Park (6.5 km)
Ski Dubai (7.5 km)
Mall of the Emirates (7.7 km)

Visa information*

If you are a passport holder of the below country or territory, no advance visa arrangements are required to visit the UAE. Simply disembark your flight at Dubai International Airport and proceed to Immigration, where your passport will be stamped with a 30-days visit visa free of charge:

Andorra, Australia, Brunei, Canada, Hong Kong (China), Ireland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, New Zealand, People’s Republic of China, Russian Federation, San Marino, Singapore, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States of America, Vatican City.

Apply for a visa to the UAE by paying online

Citizens of the European countries listed above are also entitled to apply for a paid pre-arranged visit visa if the “on arrival 90-days visa” has been fully utilized, or if they wish to use the pre-arranged visa.

If you are a passport holder of the below country or territory, your passport will be stamped with a multiple entry 90-days visit visa that is valid for 6 months from the date of issue, and for a stay of 90 days in total:

Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Chile, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, El Salvador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Uruguay.

 

Citizens of the European countries listed above are also entitled to apply for a paid pre-arranged visit visa if the “on arrival 90-days visa” has been fully utilized, or if they wish to use the pre-arranged visa.

Currency

Dirham (AED): 1€ = about 4 AED

Weather

Dubai enjoys a warm climate all year round. The winter months, from October to May, are the mildest, with average temperatures ranging from around 20 degrees. During the summer months, from June to September, the climate warms up, with averages ranging from 30 to 40 degrees. Being predominantly a Muslim country, it is recommended to dress modestly, even during hot periods.

What not to do in Dubai

Do not eat in public during Ramadan

Ramadan is a very popular recurrence in Dubai, in the Arab Emirates and throughout the Persian Gulf region. It is the month in which Muslims fast from the first light of dawn until a certain time after sunset. Obviously tourists and foreigners are exempt from the practice as long as, however, they respect the ban in public. In other words, you can have food brought to your room, or eat in your own home, but you cannot eat, drink and smoke on the street. Even chewing gum can give rise to complaints. Being caught drinking alcohol, or smoking outside the premises areas, can have unpleasant consequences: from a fine to, in more serious cases, a police arrest.

Do not take repeat photos

Dubai is a city that offers plenty of visual stimuli. There are so many things that deserve to be immortalized and nothing, or almost, forbids doing it. You have to be careful “on how” do it. If in the photo you intend to take are included people, as well as landscapes and architectural details, it is good practice to ask for consent first. Not doing so can give rise to recriminations and problems.

Avoid effusions in public

Kissing, even just on the cheek, or holding hands are considered wrong behaviors to keep in public, it is best to avoid them in any public place or circumstance.

Do not wear skimpy clothes

There are situations in which tight-fitting clothes and necklines are permitted, such as private parties, clubs or swimming pools. There are other situations, however, in which even wearing shorts or a short-sleeved shirt can be a problem, such as when entering a mosque.

What to do in Dubai

Bastakiya

The houses of this old neighborhood are topped by a unique ventilation system, that for centuries has guaranteed the refrigeration of the interior in the face of temperatures that during the summer period (from April to November) exceeded – and still exceed – often 40 degrees. We are talking about the “wind towers”, real engineering structures designed to direct down the fresh air currents circulating from 15 meters upwards.

Dubai Museum

About 500 meters from Bastakiya is the Al-Fahidi Fort, the oldest building in Dubai. As it’s easy to understand, the building is a fortress to protect the city. Since 1971, instead, Al-Fahidi Fort has housed the city museum, an unmissable stop to explore Dubai’s past, before oil and tourism changed its economic-social coordinates. Topics covered in the museum are the ability to adapt to the desert, the importance of water and oases, the shipbuilding, the collection of pearls, without obviously forgetting the profound relationship with Islam.

Deira

The Deira souk is especially famous for gold and spices. Jewelers one after the other sell unique pieces, gems and jewelry at prices lower than 20, sometimes 30% compared to the Italian average. The spice market, instead, sees the presence of many chefs from all over the world who, in the international dimension of Dubai, find an important opportunity for professional growth.

Dubai Frame

The transition from “Old Dubai” to “New Dubai” with its skyscrapers and artificial islands, from 2018 provides an intermediate stop at the “Dubai Frame”. It is a 150-meter-high glass and steel frame in a golden color that precisely frames the urban landscape of the city. On the ground floor there is a museum that retraces the different stages of the transition from a fishing village to a metropolis, after which you can take an elevator and go through a gallery with three-dimensional screens to finally arrive at the vantage point that embraces the city skyline.

Burj Khalifa

Pending the inauguration of “The Tower” scheduled for 2020, the Burj Khalifa remains Dubai’s most famous icon. We are talking about a building of 829 meters, divided into 163 floors, and with 57 elevators. Apartments, restaurants, swimming pools, clubs and even a luxury hotel owned by Giorgio Armani are the attractions that visitors find inside this symbolic building of “New Dubai” that grew up around Sheikh Zayed Road, one of the two arterial roads of the city.

Dubai Fountain

At Burj Khalifa’s foot, there is an artificial lake. Inside, a gigantic luminous fountain was installed, which soon turned into one of the city’s main attractions. The jets of water, in fact, can reach 150 meters in height. A show made even more beautiful by the play of light and the music that accompanies the performances.

Dubai Mall

Opened in 2008, the Dubai Mall is the world’s largest mall by number of stores. In reality, it is even simplistic to consider it “only” a shopping center, since for visitors the experience goes far beyond shopping and catering. We refer above all to the Dubai Aquarium present within the structure. It’s a gigantic aquarium, with very high windows that hold the weight of thousands water’s liters, in which about 30,000 marine species, including many breeds and sharks, live in captivity. The latter undoubtedly represent the main attraction, in fact was inaugurated a cage in which non-expert divers can come into contact with the animals in complete safety.

Jumeirah Mosque

There are several mosques in Dubai and only one is open to the non-Muslim public, except on Friday, traditional day of prayer for the faithful. The Jumeirah Mosque can be visited thanks to the valuable contribution of the Schiekh Mohammed Center for Culture Understanding (SCCU). Reservations are not required to visit the Jumeirah Mosque, it’s enough to show up before 9 am in front of the main entrance, to then be catapulted into environments that are radically different from those we are normally used to.

Burj Al Arab

The Burj Al Arab is much more than a luxury hotel in Dubai. It is rather an experience in itself, extended over the years, even to those who, while not staying in one of its 202 suites, want to eat or have a drink in one of the restaurants or bars of the structure. All the others, on the other hand, must be content to admire from the outside this futuristic design hotel that recalls the sails of a boat.

Dubai Marina

Dubai Marina is a neighborhood born in the early 2000s and located about 25 kilometers south of Downtown Dubai. The main attraction is the beach, which alternates concessions sections to other free, with the only contraindication that the use of an umbrella is forbidden in the free ones. Do not miss the Dubai Marina Mall, a shopping center that with the shops and the clubs of the Promendae, catalyses the bulk of the district’s social life. Not far away there is one of the most visionary projects in Dubai, the artificial island of Palm Jumeirah, which hosts numerous dream villas and the very luxurious Hotel Atlantis.

Aquaventure

The Aquaventure is the water park within the Hotel Atlantis, where not only sharks are found: there is also an area dedicated to dolphins with which it is possible to interact, obviously in compliance with the provisions set by the organization. Then there are slides of all shapes and sizes, an artificial river and even a beach equipped with umbrellas, sunbeds and deckchairs.

Ski Dubai

5 runs, a four-seat chair lift, an area with penguins and a snow park of over 4000 square meters for the enjoyment of adults and children. Ski Dubai is all this, without forgetting that you don’t have to carry your ski equipment, whose rental is included in the ticket price.

Legoland Dubai

In the city there is a beautiful Legoland park which, in addition to being the first ever built in the Persian Gulf, is also one of the largest in the world. A fantastic place where the little ones can have fun in roller coasters, mini-cars and, of course, countless bricks. Don’t miss Miniland with the scale reproduction of the Burj Khalifa and the other iconic buildings that draw the Dubai skyline.

Surf on the Creek and on the Dubai Water Canal

The Creek is the river that flows around the old city of Dubai. The abra, the traditional Dubai boat, is the preferred means of navigating the Creek. Along the creek there are several rest areas and the wait is never too long. It is also possible to take a boat ride on the Dubai Water Canal, the artificial canal that, crossing the Sheikh Zayed Road artery and the Jumeirah area, connects the Creek to the waters of the Persian Gulf.

USEFUL LINKS

Eat in Dubai: www.cntraveler.com
Sleep in Dubai: www.againstthecompass.com
*Information source www.emirates.com