What to expect at the Dubai expo 2021

Dubai expo is one of the world expo planned to be hosted in Dubai. Dubai won the right to host the event in 2013 and was scheduled to take place in 2020. However, the pandemic interrupted earlier plans, but rather than a cancellation, it was postponed and is planned to start from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

The Dubai Expo will be the first world expo held in the Middle East and North Africa & South Asia. It is a golden chance for the world to explore the city of gold, UAE, and the Middle East.

The expo will attract people from all over the world, where more than 190 countries will assemble.  All European nationals & western countries get free on arrival Dubai visa and if in case you need stay more you can extend your Dubai visa

As this is the first time Dubai hosts a world expo, chances are many of you are searching for what to expect, and we have this article explaining everything you should expect during the Dubai expo.

What is Dubai Expo?

Dubai expo is among the expo edition in the world list of expos. Since the world expo started in 1851, only a few countries have had the privilege to host world expo, and Dubai is now among them.  

Being a major event globally, the Dubai Expo will attract millions of visitors to Dubai and UAE in general. These people gather for six months there will be interaction as people come from different places, showcasing the latest technology development, many more things.

What is Dubai Expo?

Dubai Expo Themes

The Dubai expo theme is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.” There are other three sub-themes opportunity, mobility, and sustainability, and there is a pavilion for each subtheme.  The sustainability subtheme pavilion is designed by Grimshaw Architects, the Opportunity pavilion by AGi Architects, and Mobility by Foster and Partners.

Dubai Expo Organization

The organizers of the Dubai expo have planned for the event to take place in a 438-hectare area (1083 acres). The site is located near Dubai’s southern border with Abu Dhabi. American form HOK designed the master plan and organized it by a central plaza, entitled Al Wasl, enclosed by three large thematic districts.

As you can see, they are equal to the number of the sub-themes (Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability); thus, each will be responsible for one sub-theme during the expo.

What to expect at the Dubai expo

Here we have analyzed to expect in Dubai expo if you would like to attend the expo thus be informed what to expect. From the list of things to expect, there is something that will excite you no matter if you are looking for business opportunities, sharpen your creativity, learn about the latest technology, or you name it. There is something for everyone during the Dubai expo.

What to expect at the Dubai expo

Innovation and technology

Among the top things to expect at Dubai, the expo is learning about the latest innovations and technology. It will be about different countries showcasing their innovations as you get connected to the high-tech world. Some of the innovation and technology experiences to expect include artificial Intelligence, Healthcare innovations, and explore the future of air travel.


The Dubai will run for around 180 days, but you will be fully entertained. The entertainment will be on top gear featuring everything from opera to A-listers, pop-up theatres to flash mobs, and parades to national day celebrations.

In addition, here are some of the experiences you can enjoy Stars of the wild, Dance and sing along, and Street festivals parade.

Arts and culture

Every country participating in the Dubai Expo will have a chance to showcase its arts and culture. Thus you can expect to experience diverse arts and culture events ranging from contemporary creativity, Al Wasl Opera, artistic creations, workshops, and performances.

Here are some of the experiences planned for you, Read beautiful messages, the riddim that moves the world, Immerse your senses in Al Wasl Opera, Challenging the perception of design & crafts in the UAE, and Visual perception through the power of imagination.

Future of food

There will be different flavors that know no borders. Furthermore, learn how technology is changing sourcing, preparation, cooking, and ordering food.

Here are some of the experiences you can expect Devour plant-based cuisine, Have lunch with robots, Feast in the African food hall, Foodie’s paradise, the future of food, Thoughtful food, and supporting local


There will be world architecture experts showcasing different designs such as the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface, 90+ uniquely designed pavilions, and 200.000 sqm of future LEED Gold & Platinum structures.

Moreover, other experiences under this category to enjoy include a falcon-shaped pavilion, an arch-inspired design, and a spectacular 360° canvas.

Architecture Dubai

Business and entrepreneurship

The Dubai expo attracts entrepreneurs from all over the world. It is the right platform to learn about investments and entrepreneurship skills. More so, there are chances to win investments, forge agreements and promote international cooperation.

Other planned events under this category include Startups to multinationals, Gateway to growth, and Reimagine global economy.

Summary of what to expect in Dubai expo

The Dubai expo is a world expo with a lot planned for the visitors. At the e site, there will be pavilions meant for countries from all over the world. Each participating country will have a chance to showcase what they have to the world.

The entertainment will be hosted every day, and the performances will feature the top world stars, musicians, and great comedians. Moreover, there will also be cultural experiences from poetry slams, fashion shows, and talks with the world’s top academics. Every day there will be 75 entertainment events. Additionally, there will be mindfulness sessions, extreme sports, and other events.

If you are tech enthusiastic, there will be a workshop where you learn how to make robots and exhibitions to showcase the latest 3D printing technology.

Besides attending the events planned at the expo as a visitor, you have a chance to tour different places in Dubai or other parts of the UAE. You can check & do various activities you can engage in for fun and enjoyment during the Dubai expo.    

Robeena Brown

Destination marketing expert, travel blogger living in UAE and works for Arabiers. If you have been looking forward to touring Dubai, getting visa, extending stays and exploring the city you can follow her on linked in

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