The excitement and thrill are beyond compare, as the world’s biggest show is here- the World Expo 2020 Dubai! Mark your calendars as Dubai prepares to present its most impeccable once-in-a-lifetime event from October 1, 2021, to March 31, 2022. A 6-month celebration of pure entertainment, music, culture, and innovation! Here are some out-of-the-world events at the World Expo 2020 that are worth looking forward to!

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What is World Expo 2020 and what to look forward to?

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With the theme ‘Connecting minds and creating the future, Dubai Expo 2020 is a unique way of showcasing evolution through sustainability, mobility, and opportunity. Held in the world’s largest unsupported dome forms- Al Wasl Plaza, this year’s Expo 2020 is a showstopper already. Officially it was to be held in 2020 but due to the covid, 19 pandemic the dates were shifted from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022.

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Daily Events at World Expo 2020

Angola: African Percussion Performance

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When: Friday, 1st October 2021 Time: 10:00-10:30, 13:30-14:00 Venue: Sea Plaza

Be ready to experience two new generations of Angolan percussionists demonstrating the sounds and music of their homeland. . It has been described as an ‘eclectic music symbiosis between traditional roots and world music.

Daily Parade: “Colours of the World

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When: Daily  Time: 12:45  Venue: Ghaf Avenue

The ‘Colours of the World’ parade is a unique cultural fusion experience for all visitors. Furthermore, each national day is to highlight in this delightful parade. A beautiful representation of the fusion of cultures from around the globe.

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Music: Late nights @Expo

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When: Thursdays & Fridays Time: 22:30 Venue: Jubilee Stage or Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

The soul of the World Expo is the night jam performances by well-known artists from different countries. Be a part of this primetime concert series by diverse artists. These magical encounters will create impossible mashups and original artistic collaborations you can’t experience anywhere other than the Dubai Expo!

Honorable mention: AIoT-powered robots at Expo 2020

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No, you didn’t secretly time-travel to 2050! And yes it’s functioning robots in 2021! It’s Dubai, the land of unexpected things so you can expect to interact with more than 150 robots across the Expo 2020 site. Experience the future of technology with AIoT(Artificial Intelligence + Internet of Things)-powered robots to make sure your visit is smooth, safe, and totally unforgettable. And of course, meet the robot guardians Alif – the Mobility Pavilion guardian, Opti – Opportunity Pavilion guardian, and Terra – Sustainability Pavilion guardian!

Special Events at the World expo

Halloween: A Musical Halloween

 Halloween @ Expo | “A Musical Halloween

When: 31 October 2021  Venue: Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

Come together at Expo 2020 to celebrate Halloween like never before. Pay homage to some of the most legendary Halloween movies of all time through a 60-minute musical. From Little shop of horrors, Phantom of the Opera, Beetlejuice, Thriller, and many more will give you the spooky season chills!

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Diwali

Diwali celebrations at Expo2020

When: 4 – 6 November 2021 Venue: Site-Wide

Who said you need to visit India to celebrate the Festival of lights? Here at Dubai Expo 2020, the vibe is just right to give you all the festive fever you are looking for! On Jubilee Stage, the Late Nights @ Expo will embrace the celebration with performances inspired by Diwali and featuring artists including Peter Cat, When Chai Met Toast, Shilpa Ananth, and Dhol Tasha.

Golden Jubilee

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When: 3 November – 4 December 2021 Venue: Site-Wide

One of the biggest events of the UAE coincides with Expo 2020, The UAE Golden Jubilee. In the light of such an inspirational event join in as Expo 2020 celebrates the UAE’s extraordinary journey over the last 50 years, while also looking towards the next 50!

Arabic Language Day

Arabic Language Day @ expo 2020

When: 18 December 2021

Yet another auspicious day you can witness is the Arabic Language Day. Correspondingly, celebrate the roots of a language cherished by 422 million people the world over!

Christmas

Christmas @ Expo 2020

When: 20 – 28 December 2021 Venue: Site-Wide

One event that everyone around the world looks forward to is Christmas. Why not spend your Christmas at a one-in-a-lifetime event the World Expo Dubai 2020! Al Wasl Plaza will be turned into a magical Winter Wonderland space with stunning Christmas decor, Christmas shows, and Live concerts. The ‘Ho-Ho season’ is here to light up the desert!

New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve @ Expo 2020

When: 31 December 2021 Venue: Site-Wide

Imagine shouting “New Year” with the festive spirit of more than 190 other countries in one night. The joy of being around so many people celebrating the same thing you do is beyond compare. Welcome, 2022 with lights, live music, dance, projections, and stunning fireworks all at the Dubai Expo!

Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day @ Expo

When: 14 February 2022 Venue: Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

Love is the universal language that ties us all. Love for our children, Love for friends, Love for family, Love for one another, Love for our planet, Love for humanity. The foundation at which all human relationships lie.

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Haq Al Laila

Haq Al Laila @ expo 2020

When: 18 March 2022 Venue: Al Forsan Park

Haq Al Laila’s “For this Night” takes place on the 15th of Shabaan, the eighth month of the Islamic calendar in anticipation of the coming month of Ramadan. It’s a special occasion in the Middle East as children dress up in traditional clothes and carry colorful wove bags singing the traditional songs asking for sweets and nuts!

Mother’s Day

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When: 21 March 2022 Venue: Site-wide

A glorious and engaging live show dedicated to paying tribute to all the beautiful mothers all around the world! It’s a full-day event to showcase how much they mean to use. Delivered from the heart. Carry your tissues because this will leave you emotional!

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World Poetry Day

World Poetry Day @ expo 2020

When: 21 March 2022 Time: 19:00 – 21:00  Venue: Dubai Millennium Amphitheatre

Get lost in the transformative power of poetry, celebrate 2022’s World Poetry Day a little different. Listen to beautiful poetry from international participants, home-grown artists, and internationally-renowned spoken word artists. Unforgettable and dynamic performances that embrace multiple languages and mediums. The best day to be Multilingual!

World Chess Championship 2021

World Chess Championship 2021 @ expo 2020

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When: 25-26 November 2021 full day Venue: Dubai Exhibition Centre

The FIDE World Chess Championship, postponed from 2020, will be held at Expo 2020 Dubai. Uniquely the final match will be played between reigning world champion Magnus Carlsen and challenger Ian Nepomniachtchi to claim the World Chess Champion title. Head over to the Dubai Exhibition Centre on 25-26th November as the game’s finest grandmasters will compete for a grand prize of 9million AED ($2.45 million).

Firdaus Orchestra

Firdaus Orchestra

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When: Sat, 23 October 2021, Tue, 16 November 2021, 8 March 2022  Time: 19:00 – 20:00, 19:00 – 20:00, 20:00-21:30 respectively

Venue: Jubilee Stage

Embrace yourselves for an unforgettable performance under the creative direction and leadership of Oscar-winner A.R. Rahman. The Firdaus Orchestra is made up of 23 nationalities from across the Arab world, with ages ranging from 16 to 51, and they’ll be led by conductor Yasmina Sabba. A beautiful experience you can only acquire at expo 2020. Don’t forget to catch the special International Women’s Day performance by a pioneering women’s ensemble developed exclusively for Expo 2020 Dubai.

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Weekly Events at the World Expo: Programme for people and planet

World expo’s Programme for people and planet is a weekly schedule discussing the important issues and topics that inspire transformative change. The program will be built around 10 Theme Weeks. Focusing on global challenges and issues relating to climate change, biodiversity loss, the digital divide, and ensuring equal access to education and healthcare. 

Topic1: Climate and biodiversity week

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When: 3-9 October 2021     

Want to be part of building a sustainable future for our planet? If these types of topics interest you then the Climate and biodiversity week will be a blast for you! Become a part of exemplary topics like

  • Nature’s Game of Jenga: Getting Creative to Fight Biodiversity Lose.
  • Mother Nature First Defenders: Women Leading the Fight to Save our Planet.
  • Sustainability for All: Rewriting Our Narrative for Sustainable Living.
  • Conservation for Hope | Advancing Best Practice in Wildlife and Biodiversity Conservation.
  • Earth 2.0: Reengineering Planet Earth.

For knowing the timings and dates of each event make sure to download Expo-Calendar.

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Topic 2: Space Week

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When: 17 – 23 Oct 2021 

Are you ready to explore the mysteries of the universe? Be a part of the conversation about the development of space exploration technologies to women leading the way in astronomy, space, and mobility. Not only do you learn more about space pioneers but space exploration and sustainability here on Earth.

  • Powers Out of This World: Using Space for the Benefit of all Humanity
  •  Dignified Storytelling | Stories of Great Ambition and Hope
  • Best Practice Area Programming Slots | Space Solutions for Development
  • Space: Where the World Comes Together for Progress
  • Women in Arabia and Islam: Space Pioneers of Today Anchored in the Arabian and Muslim Past
  •  Best Practice Area Programming Slots | Space Solutions for Development
  • Hope and Perseverance: Lessons Learnt from the Red Planet for Life on Earth
  • Sustainability @ Expo | Protecting the Great Unknown
  • Cultures in Conversation | Never be Lost: Learn to Read the Stars

For knowing the timings and dates of each event make sure to download Expo-Calendar.

Topic 3: Urban & Rural Development 

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When: 31 Oct – 6 Nov 2021 

Do you want a glimpse of how we will live in the cities of tomorrow?  The measures we can take to build a more sustainable and inclusive community? Be ready because the Urban and Rural Development Week is here to discuss some important topics from access to opportunities and environmental sustainability to reimagine how we build, live, and consume sustainably! The week’s seminar includes:

  • Best Practice Area Programming | Spotlighting Urban and Rural Development Success
  • Engineering a Balanced City: Re-Inventing World-class Cities as Social Melting Pots
  • From City to Village: Ensuring Access to Resources in Both Urban and Rural Settings
  • Conservation for Hope | Local Nature-Based Solutions and Livelihoods
  • Best Practice Area Programming | Spotlighting Urban and Rural Development Success
  • Cities on the Move: Moving Around to Move Up
  • Smarter than Smart Cities: Exploring Low-tech Ways to Make Cities Progress
  • Women in Arabia/ Islam: Women in Islam in Urban and Rural Development
  • Spotlighting Urban & Rural Development Success
  • Natural Cities: Preserving a Slice of Nature in Our Urban Spaces
  • At Home with Nature: Inclusive, Connected, and Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • The Power of Conversations: A Better Future is Built Together

Topic 4: Tolerance & Inclusivity 

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When: 14 – 20 Nov 2021 

Will you be part of building a more inclusive and diverse world? This is the main focus of the entire Tolerance and Inclusivity week. Additionally, celebrate the International Day for Tolerance on 16th November, World Children’s Day on 20th November, International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3rd December, International Volunteer Day on 5th December, International Human Rights Day on 10th December, at the World Expo 2020. With a Specialist Event, People-Facing Flagship Event, World majlis seminar, and more. Important topics of discussion:

  • The Business of Compassion: The Value(s) of our Economy
  • Values of Tolerance and Inclusivity as a Driving Force Behind Women’s Rights and Empowerment
  • Bridging the Divide: Bringing Bold Change with Wisdom
  • Digital Brain, Digital Morality: Ensuring Empathetic and Unbiased AI
  • Women in Arabia/ Islam: Arab Women Leading the Way in Tolerance & Inclusivity
  • Looking Ahead to 2071: The World at the UAE’s Centennial

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Topic 5: Knowledge & Learning 

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When: 12 – 18 Dec 2021 

Want to join in reimagining the future of education? As a matter of fact, making scientific understanding more accessible to everyone is a priority for the advancement of our civilization. Learn more about how access to gender-inclusive education and innovation in education and more are key steps to a brighter future. Important topics of discussion:

  • The Science of Everything: Science Versus Disinformation in the Digital Realm
  • 132 Million Girls: Tackling Gender Disparities in Access to Education
  • Equipping Youth to Thrive: Rethinking Education for a Changing World

Topic 6: Travel & Connectivity 

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When: 9 – 15 Jan 2022 

Can you help to navigate and connect in a rapidly changing world? As technology is advancing the new “worlds” created by digital media are changing the ways of interactions and lifestyles. Together with an increasing amount of facilitating mobility, connectivity, travel and trade its the power to change the world lies in our hands. Important topics of discussion:

  • Screen Time vs. People Time: How Do We Connect
  • Conservation for Hope | New Frontiers in Tourism
  •  Digital Twins and New Realities: Living and Thriving with New Realities
  •  Exploring the Future of Travel and Connectivity
  • Women in Islam/Arabia: Connecting the World
  • Off the Beaten Path: Travel in the 21st Century

Topic 7: Global Goals 

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When: 16 – 22 Jan 2022 

A better world by 2030 is within our grasp, Will you help in building it? One of the predominant events at World Expo 2020 is creating awareness around the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). A step to preventing further damage to the earth’s resources and building a more sustainable yet productive future. The week’s seminar includes:

  • Power to Change the World: Fuelling a Sustainable World by 2030
  • A Better Future for All: Leaving No One Behind
  • Extending the Revolution to Every Desk and Doorstep: Fourth Industrial Revolution for Everyone
  • Women in Islam/Arabia: Practising Sustainability Throughout History
  • Everyday (S)Heroes: Leading the Charge Towards the Global Goals
  • Dignified Storytelling | A Close Look at How Communities are Responding to the SDG
  •  A Decade of Delivery: Driving Progress for the 2030 Agenda

Topic 8: Health & Wellness 

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When: 23 Jan – 5 Feb 2022 

Want to discover how to live in a healthier, happier world? What’s the key to happiness? Is it wealth or the well-being of our children? The Health and Wellness week is here to raise a conversation on some of the most taboo topics. Discussing how young people would like to build today’s schools for the children and pupils. Besides, celebrate theInternational Day of Education on 24th January Under the theme of “Futures of Education”!

  • A School for My Children: Notes From the Teachers and Parents of Tomorrow
  • Women in Islam/Arabia: Charting the Course of Health and Wellness in History
  • A Good Place to Work: Balancing Personal and Professional Lives
  • Healthier World, Healthier People: Designing Spaces that Heal Our Planet
  • The Next Wave: Preventing and Preparing to Beat Future Pandemics
  • A Cure for Inequality: Addressing Everyone’s Needs in Health
  • The Speed of Life: Faster and Safer Medical Innovation

Topic 9: Food, Agriculture & Livelihoods 

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When: 13 – 28 Feb 2022 

How do we sustainably grow food to meet future demand? A question that leaves all of us scratching our heads. With the exponential growth of the population, it’s getting harder and harder for us to fulfill the large food demands. Join the discussion as visionaries and changemakers
consider which future innovations will help farms be more productive while reducing their environmental impact. Important topics of discussion:

  • Maker Spaces:21st Century Playgrounds: Creating New Entrepreneurship and Innovation Approaches
  • Farms of the Future: Feeding the Planet with Technology
  • Sustainability @ Expo |Nature’s Harvest: Growing Sustainably for a Growing World
  • Cultures in Conversation |Key Ingredients
  • Next-Gen World Majlis |You are What You Eat: The Role of Food in Our Lives
  • Arab Women Leading the Way in Food Security, Nutrition and Agriculture
  • From Farmer to Boss Lady: Developing a Gender-equitable Agriculture Sector
  • Food for Thought: How Will We Eat in the Future

Topic 10: Water 

| Restoring the Balance with the Ocean

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When: 20 – 26 Mar 2022 

How will we protect our most precious resource today, for tomorrow? Life on Earth as we know it is because of Water! The key ingredient for sustaining life in any form, so what should be our measures to preserve this life-giving elixir? Hear from visionaries and changemakers their approach to a more sustainable future in all aspects from reversing our impact on the marine ecosystem to challenges in accessing water resources. The important seminars of the week:

  •  The Other Final Frontier: Undiscovered Wonders of the Ocean
  • Living Oceans: Reversing Our Impact on Marine Ecosystems
  • The Price of Water: Decoding its Value to Our Future
  • Women in Arabia/Islam: Arab Women Leading the Way in Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene
  • Women’s World Majlis: A Thirst for Equality: Addressing the Challenges in Accessing Water Resources
  • Sustainability @ Expo | Water Stewardship & Best Practices

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