Guide to EXPO 2020 Dubai and everything about world expositions


Serbia will host EXPO 2027 Belgrade

Serbia will be the next host country of Specialised Expo 2027 Belgrade.

On 21.6.2023 during the 172nd General Assembly of BIE in Paris, a majority of member states voted in favor of Serbia's application.

The next Specialised EXPO will thus be held in the city of Belgrade under the motto "Play for Humanity: Sport and Music for All".

The world exhibition in the Balkan state is to be held between May 15 and August 15, 2027.

Vote for the best pavilions

The ultimate EXPO 2020 voting

Here you can vote for your favorite pavilions of the countries and all participants.


EXPO 2020 Dubai is still running


News & Stories

All EXPO 2020 Dubai News

EXPO 2020 Guides

Your Perfect EXPO Day

Follow this guide to make the most of one day at EXPO. Find your favourite pavilions, countries, shows & attractions at Expo.

Ticket updates

The 20 best photos of EXPO 2020 Dubai - Part 1

Here we start the review of EXPO 2020 with 20 of the best photos from different photographers with very different perspectives on the mega event in Dubai.

Architecture & Design

Al Wasl Plaza

Architectural highlight and center of the World's Fair.

Country pavilions

The Poem Pavilion

The UK Pavilion is one of the eye-catchers at EXPO 2020.


Your guide to EXPO 2020 Dubai and everything about world expositions

EXPO 2020 Dubai finally got underway on October 1, 2021, a year late. The exhibition site in the south of Dubai is spectacular, easily accessible and there is an incredible amount to see.

Moreover, EXPO 2020 is probably the only world tour that is even possible in this so difficult time.

So that you don't lose the overview and don't get overwhelmed by the amount of more than 190 participating countries in three areas, here you get the suitable guides for the EXPO 2020 in Dubai.



Ticket updates

EXPO 2020
Tickets & Free Tickets

Update February 2022: At the end of the EXPO, a new discounted Season Pass has been available since the beginning of February 2022. With it, you can visit the EXPO for 45 AED (approx. 11 to 12 EUR depending on the exchange rate) on every day until the end of the EXPO.

Airline tickets remain free tickets!

There are different ticket categories for the EXPO 2020 visit.
Those traveling to Dubai with Emirates, Etihad or different providers can even visit the World Expo for free.

The free airline ticket is easily obtained with your own booking data (name and booking number).
All you have to do is fill out a short online form with the airlines. And then you receive the ticket by e-mail as a PDF from Emirates & Co. and can use it to visit the EXPO free of charge.

Find out here how it works and how you can also get free tickets.

In addition, there are always new, different special offers.

Best Of Guides

All participants & highlights

Country pavilions +
Best Of EXPO 2020 Dubai

How do you spend the perfect day at EXPO 2020? What are the highlights and what should you not miss during your visit to EXPO?

Here you can find the Best Of plus many top lists.

Best Of EXPO 2020

EXPO 2020 Dubai Best Photos and Videos

EXPO 2020 Highlights Guide

Here are all the highlights of EXPO 2020 Dubai

Country pavilions

The UAE Pavilion

The host pavilion by architect Santiago Calatrava.

Pavilion highlights

The best EXPO 2020 pavilions

Alif is Theme Pavilion and architectural highlight.

EXPO 2020-Food & Drinks

Culinary Diplomacy

The best restaurants and bars at EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

Arrival, highlights, important documents

EXPO 2020 Visit Plan

How to get there, when is the best day to visit, what to think about and what to bring?

Here you will find all the information you need for your visit to EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

Plan visit

All info for your visit

Which ticket is the right one? Do I need a Corona test? and much more.

Road to EXPO 2020

EXPO 2020 Dubai visit

How to get there: How do I get to EXPO?

Arrival and departure, visa + EXPO site

Popular souvenir

The EXPO passport

EXPO 2020 passport is probably the best souvenir and most popular souvenir of any EXPO.



Covid-19 information

Corona and EXPO 2020

Here you will find all important information about the Corona virus in connection with the EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

What are the entry requirements?
Do I need a vaccination certificate and a PCR test?

Photo gallery and external media

Best EXPO 2020
Photos & Videos

Here you can find the best photos and videos of EXPO 2020 Dubai and many impressions of the mega event in Dubai.

EXPO 2020 Facts, Figures & Info

FAQs, Facts &
all the numbers

How many visitors are expected? How many people have been there in the meantime? How many countries are participating in EXPO 2020 in Dubai? And what are the most important questions surrounding the mega-event?

EXPO 2020 numbers



A total of 25 million visitors are expected at EXPO 2020 Dubai.


Events are held daily at the EXPO in Dubai.

From local dance groups to international stars, you can experience a wide variety of music genres and events here.
Important highlights for each country are the so-called "Nation Days".

Motto of the EXPO:
"Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.".

181 days

EXPO 2020 will run from 1.10.2022 to 31.3.2022.


Nations are represented at the
EXPO 2020 in Dubai


Here you will find all the answers to the most important questions about EXPO 2020 Dubai.

All EXPO 2020 guides

The ultimate guides for EXPO 2020 Dubai

Here you will find all the guides for your visit to EXPO 2020 in Dubai!

You will discover all the highlights, the most exciting, beautiful and creative pavilions, you will learn where to find the best food and all the other attractions of the World Expo in Dubai.


EXPO 2020 Best Of

EXPO 2020 Highlights Guide

Here you can find all the highlights from the most exciting pavilions to the coolest shows and the best food at EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

EXPO 2020 Food Guides

Best Food & Drinks at EXPO 2020 Dubai

The best restaurants, cafes, bars and food venues at EXPO 2020

Ever heard of "Culinary Diplomacy"?
Loosely translated, it simply means that this is the way of diplomacy that goes through the stomach. And with "Culinary Diplomacy. countries thus try to win the heart and mind of the recipients with local treats.

And once again, EXPO 2020 in Dubai does that quite well.

New at the World Expo in Dubai is the "African Dining Hall" with the name "Alkebulan".
So to speak, an African Joint Food pavilion initiated and curated by Alexander Smalls, one of Africa's most renowned chefs.
The "African Dining Hall" at EXPO 2020 is currently also the largest African food hall in the world!

Local and Arab Pavilions

!!! INVISIBLE ! Historic UAE Pavilion with fishermen etc.: See Instagram

Ever heard of "Culinary diplomacy"?
If not, now is the time!

African Joint Pavilion is now the largest African food hall in the world by Chef xxx!

Guide overview

Reports, videos & interesting reports

Here you can find all news & stories about EXPO 2020 in Dubai.

Popular souvenirs

The EXPO passport

EXPO 2020 passport is probably the best souvenir and most popular souvenir of any EXPO.

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INVISIBLE! Small News & Story

Yummi! Here's the best food and the best restaurants and bars at EXPO 2020.
Still hungry?


Buildings at EXPO 2020

The white falcon

The pavilion of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates has the Shape of flying falcon. It is intended to symbolize the host as an international connection point between the countries of the world.

The pavilion was designed by architect Santiago Calatrava.

News & Media Overview

In this overview you will find links to EXPO 2020 Dubai and everything about world expositions.

You get links to important institutions, official offers and media reports. Also reports of the scientific discussion of world exhibitions and their (today's) importance are not neglected here.

EXPO History

From London 1851 to Dubai 2020

History of EXPOs and world exhibitions

EXPOs and world exhibitions
In 1851 the history of EXPOs and World's Fairs began in London

History of EXPOs and World's Fairs:
World exhibitions look back on a tradition of more than 170 years.
In London, it all began in 1851 at the Crystal Palace.

Famous stations at the beginning of the history were the world exhibitions in Paris with the Eiffel Tower, several EXPOs in Barcelona, Brussels or other European metropolises.

After that, the World's Fairs moved through the USA. There they were known as "World's Fair" and even hosted the Olympic Games at one point, so that they could benefit from the fame of the World's Fairs and thus also gain some more attention.
Hard to imagine from today's perspective.

From the west, it then went east. Japan was the first host of a world exhibition in Asia in 1970 with Osaka.
At the time, this EXPO enjoyed greater popularity than any before it, breaking the previous attendance record with its motto of "Progress and Harmony for Mankind". Over 64 million held the record until the Shanghai EXPO in 2010.

This was broken in China at the first World Expo in the Middle Kingdom, which attracted over 73 million visitors.

The only world exhibition in Germany to date was held in Hanover.

In 2000, about 18 million people gathered here in six months.

In 2015, the World Expo once again returned to Europe. In Milan, the main focus was on the topic of nutrition.

In 2021, a world exhibition made its debut in the Arab region for the first time. In Dubai, EXPO 2020 opened a year late due to the Corona pandemic.

EXPO Future

Future of EXPOs

+ World exhibitions

After EXPO 2020 in Dubai, the next world exhibition was to be held in Buenos Aires. This has since been canceled due to the Corona pandemic.

In 2025, Osaka will host a World Expo for the second time.
In 2027, an EXPO may return to the USA. And for EXPO 2030, there are currently five candidate cities and countries.

Details on upcoming EXPOs and applications can be found here:


EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai, Japan

Logo EXPO 2025 Osaka, Kansai

The next World Expo will be held in Japan in 2025.

For the second time since 1970, the city of Osaka will host an EXPO.


EXPO 2027 + EXPO 2030 Candidates

Applications and candidates for the possible EXPO 2027 and EXPO 2030

There are five candidates for the smaller EXPO 2027. After closing the application list are Minnesota, Phuket, Belgrade, Malaga and San Carlos de Bariloche fixed.

For EXPO 2030, there are five applicants from Italy, Russia, Saudi Arabia South Korea and Ukraine.

Here you can find all information about the candidates and the application process.

Reports & Science


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Background knowledge about EXPOs

+ World exhibitions

For some, EXPOs are a quick flirt, a day trip, a selfie in front of the most beautiful pavilion....
If you are more interested in EXPOs. Want to learn about the history of world exhibitions, the most interesting and curious stories. Architecture analysis and much more:
Here you will find in-depth reports + scholarly reflection and debate on the meaning of EXPOs, the concepts of pavilion operators and the art of public diplomacy...

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Scientific Approach to World's Fairs

Deeper Look
into EXPOs

EXPO 2012 shark photo

"made in Germany" was a reaction of EXPO 1896. But it wasn't brought to life by the Germans. Opposite it was a sign from Uk to mark the poor quality of German products. Since then a lot has changed.

Shark photo EXPO 2012

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