WorldExpo 2020 and Plan 2021


World Expo 2020, Dubai (20th October 2020 – 10th April 2021, Dubai, UAE)

In 2013, Dubai won the right to host the Expo 2020 leading to wild celebrations and the announcement of a national holiday on the final day by HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rahsid Al Maktoum. The Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai promised to "astonish the world," in 2020.

The World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will be the first to be held in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region. As the global community faces ever more complex and increasingly interconnected challenges, the links between people, societies and ideas have never been more important. Dubai Expo 2020 will undoubtedly be a platform for new growth and sustainability partnerships into the future.

The staging of the World Expo, and the preparations leading up to it, are expected to result in creation of over 275,000 jobs across the UAE, an injection of nearly $40 billion into the economy, and an increase in visitors of at least 25 million people.

This bid theme is based on the three sub themes of Sustainability, Opportunity and Mobility, all of which affect companies in countries across the world. The World Expo is held every five years. The event showcases spectacular exhibitions, pavilions and cultural events by international organizations, businesses and mulitnationals from around the world. It has a tremendous pedigree, leading to long term economic benefits for the vast majority of countries who have been lucky enough to host it.

Iconic structures such as the Eiffel Tower 1889 in Paris, the Millennium Dome 2000 in London and the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco 1939 were all purpose built for World Expos (World Fairs), leaving a lasting legacy for today and the future.


Dubai Plan 2021 describes the future of Dubai through holistic and complementary perspectives, starting with the people and the society who have always been, and always will be, the bedrock of the city.

These perspectives were divided into 6 themes, each highlighting a group of strategic developmental aims for Dubai, and together forming the city’s vision for 2021.

  • The People: “City of Happy, Creative & Empowered People”
  • The Society: “An Inclusive & Cohesive Society”
  • The Experience: “The Preferred Place to Live, Work & Visit”
  • The Place: “A Smart & Sustainable City”
  • The Economy: “A Pivotal Hub in the Global Economy”
  • The Government: “A Pioneering and Excellent Government”