Fifteen fun things to do at Expo 2020 Dubai

Fifteen fun things to do at Expo 2020 Dubai
Eight years after Dubai won the bid to host the Dubai Expo, this mega event finally began with a bang on October 1, 2021. It was supposed to be held in 2020 but got postponed by nearly a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Dubai Expo 2020 is scheduled to run for 182 days until March 31, 2022. World expos take place once every five years, and Dubai has not left any stone unturned to make this the most mind-blowing event of this year. 

About Dubai Expo 2020
You can enjoy a plethora of shopping, fun, culture, food, and entertainment. An international event like this serves as an excellent platform for different nations to gather under one roof, collaborate, learn from one another, and display the best of their country for the world to see. 192 countries are participating in this event and for the first time in the history of expos, each participating country will have its pavilion to display its cultural heritage, food, technology, and art. 

How to book tickets?
The Dubai Expo 2020 tickets are available on their official website. You can select a one-day ticket, a three-day pass, a one-month pass, or a six-month pass. Entry to people below 18 years and above 60 years is free. More than 25 million people are expected to attend the expo, so hurry up and book your tickets now. For the first time, due to the pandemic, the expo is based on a hybrid model, meaning you can enjoy both physical and virtual experiences. This is also to make sure that the event does not get too crowded. However, all the safety protocols are in place and visitors must wear masks, use sanitizers regularly, and maintain social distancing. 

How to reach?
The exhibition venue is near the Al Maktoum International Airport and is easily accessible for people flying out of other countries. A new metro station called Expo 2020 Metro Station has been constructed near the site solely for the event. It features an aircraft wing design and can carry more than 25,000 passengers per hour during peak hours. It is the last station on Dubai's new route 2020 and will take passengers to the venue's entrance. 

The theme of the expo
Dubai Expo 2020's primary theme is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future." It also focuses on three sub-themes - Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity. The expo site is divided into three districts, each representing one of the sub-themes, and each of them will have a dedicated pavilion. The expo site resembles a flower petal when viewed from above and spans across a staggering area of 4.38 sq km. It also coincides with the golden jubilee celebrations of UAE, and you can witness a lot of celebrations to mark this important milestone. 

The event will cater to every age group, and there are more than 70 events scheduled to take place every day. It means that you can pick and choose activities based on your time and interest. Here is a list of the top fifteen fun things that you can enjoy at the expo. 

  1. Visiting the pavilions of so many countries is as good as going on a world tour. Get an expo passport from the official store at the venue and get it stamped at every country's pavilion that you visit. This is going to be the perfect keepsake and something that you can treasure the event by.
  2. Book a ticket for the Firdaus Orchestra, an all-women musical orchestra performing under the amazing direction of Oscar-winner musician A.R. Rehman. The orchestra is conducted by Yasmina Sabbah and will have 50 musicians from 23 countries. 
  3. Visit the DEWA Pavilion and experience the solar-powered home of the future. These houses are designed to maximize efficiency and offer numerous state-of-the-art features, including a weight-measuring bathroom floor and a drone-delivery hatch. 
  4. The Talabat food hall is a two-level kitchen that uses cutting-edge technology and robots to deliver food and has curated more than 30 food concepts. Enjoy a fancy meal here and find out all about futuristic dining experiences combining technology and science.
  5. Want to see what the future aircraft may look like? Visit the Emirates Pavilion to design your aircraft and see space-age cabin designs. Experiment with metallic and composite materials and create an avant-garde plane.
  6. A monthly gathering of world-renowned and upcoming poets from Saudi Arabia, the Gulf, and the other Arabic-speaking countries will be performing a two-hour poetry session combined with music from the KSA House Band. If you are interested in poetry, sign up for this great show.
  7. One of the most famous groups - Terminus, has deployed many robots at the venue. They will perform several tasks such as greeting visitors, assisting with directions, delivering food and beverages, clicking pictures, etc. Doesn't interacting with these adorable robots’ buddies seem like fun? 
  8. Expo 2020 Dubai and Dubai Sports Council (DSC) have teamed up to offer numerous sporting events with exhibition matches, free activities, renowned sports celebrities, and an entire center dedicated to wellness, health, and fitness. You can participate in cricket, football, basketball, marathons, and much more if you like sports. 
  9. Has the beauty and mystery of the space fascinated you? This is your chance to explore the infinite area and Mars, our neighboring red planet. Seek answers to questions including the possibility for humans to inhabit Mars in the future. You can also learn more details about UAE's Mars Mission in 2021 and the studies and research the Hope spacecraft will perform on the red planet. Your children will enjoy playing at the Mars-inspired playground, bouncing on the nets, and jumping on the trampolines.
  10. Head to Rashid's Playground, an ocean-themed adventure situated in Jubilee Park. Learn about the marvelous underwater world and unique marine animals here. This place is packed with whale slides, ocean liners, sharks on springs, and you can also participate in an interactive 3D maze modeled on the majestic humpback whale.
  11. Take a break from all the activities and spend some peaceful moments at the top of the Garden in the Sky. Located 55-meters above the ground, this observation deck offers stunning 360-degree views of the entire venue, including the lush gardens, domes, pavilions, and shamianas. 
  12. Did you ever imagine that you would listen to music played by robots? Well, Dubai Expo 2020 provides you an ideal opportunity to listen to a Beethoven-inspired music fusion including electronic, acoustic, classical, and rock music at the Germany Pavilion's Culture Lab. 
  13. The Al Was Plaza is a gigantic dome in the middle of the venue surrounded by greenery, cascading waterfalls, beautiful art installations, and much more. It also has the largest 360-degree projection surface. As the sun sets every evening, this magnificent dome watch puts up a dazzling spectacle with vibrant hues of red, orange, purple, and blue lights called the Awakening of the Dome.
  14. Visit the US Pavilion to feast your eyes on various artifacts, exhibits, paraphernalia, and pieces of rock from the moon. You can also see the striking SpaceX Falcon rocket and the imposing US Mars Rover in this Pavilion.
  15. Mister Scrap's Scrapyard Idol has a Mascot show with several entertainment activities including dance routines, stage performances, a digital theatre, music, and concerts. Shake a leg or two and create your very own virtual avatars in interactive booths available there. 
Must-see pavilions at the expo
  1. UAE Pavilion: The UAE Pavilion is designed like a falcon in flight, paying tribute to the national bird of the region. You can learn about Emirati culture, tradition, and history at this place and see the incredible growth and achievements in the last couple of decades.
  2. India Pavilion: The India Pavilion celebrates the 75th anniversary of the country's independence. It consists of 600 plus colorful kinetic blocks based on the theme "India on the Move." You can experience Indian festivals, culture, art, food, movies, yoga, Ayurveda, and more here.
  3. Singapore Pavilion: Singapore is known as a garden city for its rich flora and fauna. It is no doubt that this Pavilion proudly exhibits this theme. Once you step into this Pavilion, you will be surrounded by lush greenery, hanging gardens, dense forests, and more. 
  4. The Dutch Pavilion: Shaped like a biotope, the Dutch Pavilion mixes environment, technology, and aesthetics. A key highlight here is the indoor waterfall created out of thin air, and with the help of solar-powered panels, that is an astounding sight. 
  5. France Pavilion: The French Pavilion is called Lumeireswhich means light or enlightenment in the local language. It symbolizes a source of knowledge, creativity, and inspiration that ties it with other cultures. You can enjoy the delectable cuisine, art, technology, and culture of the country here. 
  6. Italy Pavilion: A much-visit highlight of the Italian Pavilion is a breathtaking life-size 3D printed replica of Michelangelo's well-known masterpiece David. 
  7. China Pavilion: The Chinese Pavilion is designed to look like a red lantern and displays the country's outstanding achievements. Post sundown, it will transform into a vibrant and magical display of colorful digital lights.
  8. Belgium Pavilion: The Belgium Pavilion looks like a green arch focusing on the country's art and technology. You can also learn a thing or two about the industrial future and technological innovations of the country. 
It is the first time a world expo event is taking place in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia region and the first one ever to be hosted by an Arab nation. The icing on the cake is this event also gives you a chance to enjoy an unforgettable holiday in the Emirati city. So, book your Dubai tickets now and have the experience of a lifetime. 
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