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Smart, Eco, Future: Expo 2020 Dubai Coming October 2021

Smart, Eco, Future: Expo 2020 Dubai Coming October 2021
Courtesy of Expo 2020 Dubai

This much awaited Expo 2020 Dubai, forced to postpone due to COVID-19, is scheduled to open its doors October 1, 2021. On set: Citizens and the Planet Program with the latest technologies from countries around the world. Think smart, think sustainable, think future. 

Expo 2020 Dubai is scheduled to run for six months from October 1, 2021 – March 31, 2022, with ten thematic weeks and 18 international days to answer major global questions and issues. The lengthy exhibition has a full program meant to leave a lasting legacy for citizens and the planet. 

Expo 2020 is the first global exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, at a 4.38 km2 site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South.

The thematic weeks will address solutions to global challenges, ranging from climate change and biodiversity loss to more sustainable housing, including the digital divide and access to education and healthcare.

More than 220 events will be organized as part of the program: forums, citizens’ conventions, seminars or workshops. The Majlis, Expo 2020 Dubai’s iconic platform for connecting minds, will play a key role in visitor engagement, with 53 one-on-one sessions held throughout Expo’s six months.

Find the calendar here to plan your trip. 

We can expect to see renowned experts including Dame Jane Goodall, Defender of Wildlife, Sir Tim Smit, Founder of the Eden Project, and Her Excellency Sarah Al Amiri, Minister of State of the United Arab Emirates for Advanced Technologies at the origin of the Emirates Mars mission.

There are 191 nations participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, as well as business leaders, field actors and the international community around themes such as technology and innovation, youth and the empowerment of women and girls.

The cultural component, entitled “Building Bridges“, will harness the power of storytelling, art and music to foster intercultural dialogue and the exchange of knowledge.

The inclusive strand, titled “Leaving No One Behind“, will focus on equal opportunities by asking the question: what can we do today to create a more equitable future? This track will also focus on gender equality and the most remote populations at risk of marginalization.

Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. The actions we take today will have an impact on the world we leave to future generations. The “Living in Balance” section will focus on how to work together to restore balance with the planet.

In a time of global economic change, the “Growing Up Together” component focuses on tangible business opportunities. It places the prospect of strong and resilient growth, as well as productive partnerships, at the center of Expo 2020 Dubai.

Fifty years ago, the founding fathers of the United Arab Emirates developed a bold vision for their people. The fifth component “Vision 2071” will focus on the future and on the collaboration of the international community to solve global challenges.

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