The Expo 2020 Guide: What You Need To Know

A Guide to Expo 2020: What You Need To Know

The Expo 2020 is scheduled to be held over six months between 1st October 2021 and 31st March 2022. It has been dubbed as ‘The World’s Greatest Show’ and given Dubai’s exceptionally strong tradition of being the best at all that it does, promises to be held on a scale never witnessed before in history.

The theme of Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, based on the realization that fresh perspectives are all it takes to bring about real-world solutions to real-world problems. Accordingly, 192 countries from all over the world will be present at the Expo 2020, with each country having its own pavilion. This marks a first for the World Expo, and the venue is spread over a massive 1,080 acres on the outskirts of Dubai, well-connected by the metro and other forms of public transport. The Expo 2020 presents a great opportunity for anyone thinking about business setup in Dubai.

There are three themes for the Expo 2020 – Sustainability, Mobility, and Opportunity. Each country follows one of these three themes, and the United Arab Emirates has positioned itself under the theme of Opportunity. Some of the other major countries who have adopted the Opportunity theme are Japan, Norway, India and the United Kingdom. A few of those countries which have chosen the Mobility theme are Australia, France, Finland, Ireland, Russia, South Korea, and the United States of America. The Sustainability theme has among its list countries like Germany, Singapore, Sweden, and Brazil.

Expo 2020 has six mascots, namely Rashid, Latifa, Salama, Alif, Terra, and Opti. Rashid and Latifa are siblings. Salama is a ghaf tree, which is native to the region. She is portrayed as a place of wisdom for the world traveller. Alif is the guardian of the Mobility theme. Terra represents the Sustainability theme, and is green in colour. The Opportunity theme has Opti, a golden robot, as its official mascot.

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How to Get There

You can get to the Expo 2020 venue by car, taxi, bus, or by taking the metro.

There is a metro station at the end of the Red Line of the Dubai Metro that has been constructed specifically for the Expo 2020. Planning for the event began many years in advance, and the metro is capable of ferrying 32,000 passengers to and from the Expo 2020 venue in one hour. There will be 24 trains every hour in each direction, which makes the frequency between trains just 2 minutes and 38 seconds.

The Dubai Metro is a fully automated driverless metro, and it takes 1 hour and 14 minutes from Rashidiya, which is located at the northern end of the Red Line. You can also board the metro from any station on the Green Line, and change over to the Red Line from the Union metro station or the Bur Juman metro station. Trains normally run from 5 AM in the morning to 1 AM after midnight, although there may be additional trains operated to ensure a 24-hour service to and from the Expo 2020 venue.

The Dubai Metro is a fully automated driverless metro, and it takes 1 hour and 14 minutes from Rashidiya, which is located at the northern end of the Red Line. You can also board the metro from any station on the Green Line, and change over to the Red Line from the Union metro station or the Bur Juman metro station. Trains normally run from 5 AM in the morning to 1 AM after midnight, although there may be additional trains operated to ensure a 24-hour service to and from the Expo 2020 venue.

580 buses are planned to be operated from various parts of the city to and from the Expo 2020 venue. These will be free of charge.

Special services to Expo 2020 will also be operated from Abu Dhabi, Al Ain, Sharjah, Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, and Fujairah.

Uber is also present in Dubai, and another taxi hailing service in the city is Careem. The taxicabs operated under the Careem banner are known as Hala cabs. Other taxi services in Dubai exist as well, and you can make a call to book your cab.

Cars Taxi (blue roof) +971 800 227 789
Metro Taxi (orange roof) +971 600 56 000
Arabia Taxi (green roof) +971 800 272 242
National Taxi (yellow roof) +971 600 543 322

If you have special needs, wheelchair accessible taxis can be provided on request by Dubai Taxi. These taxicabs have a red roof and you can dial +971 4 208 0808 to book one.

In addition, 27 low-floor buses will operate at the Expo 2020 venue, enabling visitors to get around. There are some 14 designated stops at the Expo 2020 venue, and a bus will arrive every three minutes. These are free to use for everyone.

If you have a valid international driver’s license, you can also rent a car in Dubai, which you can drive yourself. A medium-sized sedan like a Toyota Corolla would cost you around AED 80 per day, with a hatchback costing just half that amount. There are 26,000 parking spaces at the Expo 2020 venue, and these have been designed in such a way that you do not need to walk more than 400 metres from your car to the gate.

There are 456 parking spots reserved for People of Determination (this is the term used to refer to differently-abled persons in the UAE). If you fall into this category, you just need to apply for a People of Determination parking permit which can be obtained from the Roads and Transport Authority through one of the Customer Happiness Centers at Al Manarah or Umm Rasool. All you have to do is provide a copy of your passport, proof of your address in Dubai, and evidence of disability. You can also present the parking sticker that you have obtained in your home country.

If you would like to hire a wheelchair-accessible private car along with a driver, you can contact Inclusion Services LLC which provides its services throughout the United Arab Emirates. However, it is to be noted that you need to pre-book your vehicle. Inclusion Services LLC can be contacted at +971 2 681 2929

People of Determination and those with special needs (such as pregnant women or the elderly) can use one of the autonomous vehicles that feature Braille and are also wheelchair-friendly.

BONUS TIP: If you are taking the metro to the Expo 2020 venue and want to avoid the same view on your way back, you could indulge in some sightseeing of the city. You could get down at the Dubai Marina Mall Metro Station, walk to the Dubai Marina Mall Marine Transport Station and hop on a ferry to the Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station. The view of the city from the water is spectacular, and an experience not to be missed.

The Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station is within walking distance of the Al Ghubaiba Metro Station, which is on the Green Line of the Dubai Metro. If your final destination is on somewhere on the Red Line, you could take the metro in either direction to the Union Metro Station or the Bur Juman Metro Station and transfer to the Red Line of the Dubai Metro.

The FR1 ferry ride costs AED 70 for Gold Class and AED 50 for Silver Class. Children below five years of age travel free of charge.

You could also do the same on your way to the Expo 2020, that is get on the FR1 ferry at the Al Ghubaiba Marine Transport Station, enjoy the view, and get off at the Dubai Marina Mall Marine Transport Station. You can then hop on to the metro at the Dubai Marina Mall Metro Station and alight at the Expo 2020 Metro Station.

Where to Stay

There is only one hotel that overlooks the venue – the Rove Hotel that is conveniently located next to the Al Wasl Plaza, the central part of the Expo 2020 venue. But that is not to say it is the only option. Dubai has the second-highest number of five-star hotels in the world. There are also several three-star hotels and four-star hotels that meet international standards. In Dubai, you can find both luxury hotels as well as business-class hotels. But even if you cannot afford to stay at the Burj Al Arab (said to be the world’s only seven star hotel), there is no need to worry. Dubai has been designed for two classes of people – the tourist and the businessman / businesswoman – and you are guaranteed to find a place that fits your budget perfectly, meeting all acceptable standards of hospitality as would be the case in your home country.

If you need help getting a visa for Expo 2020, we at A&A Associate LLC can be of assistance. We have years of experience helping people obtain visas and assisting them with company registration in Dubai.

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The Expo 2020 Dubai is quite simply the biggest event in the world of business, and you cannot afford to miss out on Expo 2020 Dubai. The world will be here, and it provides you with an opportunity to secure lucrative business contracts. Having an address in the United Arab Emirates makes it more certain, as the laws are enforced strictly in the UAE. A company incorporated in the United Arab Emirates can thus be trusted to hold its end of the bargain. This exudes a greater sense of security and confidence among your clients, making it all the more likely for you to clinch that business deal.

What To Do In Case of Emergency

In case of emergency, you can dial the following numbers for assistance.

Police 999
Ambulance 998
Fire Department (Civil Defence) 997
Coast Guard 996
Electricity failure 991
Water Supply failure 922

In the United Arab Emirates, the police are notified of your location within five seconds when a distress call is made using your mobile phone. 

If you ever find yourself in need of non-emergency assistance, you can contact the police.

If a fire breaks out, please make your way towards the fire exits. All public buildings in the United Arab Emirates have fire exits and these are indicated clearly. Do not stay back to collect your belongings. If possible, close the door on your way out to prevent the fire from spreading further. Only if you know how to use a fire extinguisher should you try to put out the fire yourself, but after ensuring your safety. Do not rush, and under no circumstances are you to use the elevators in case of a fire anywhere. Once you have exited the building and seen to it that those around you are safe as well, you can proceed to call 997

If you come across an instance of human trafficking, kindly report it to the authorities by dialing any of the following numbers

To report violence or abuse of women and/or children, please contact one of the following numbers using a landphone

To report any instances of animal abuse, please contact the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment using the dedicated hotline number 8003050 or reach out to the Emirates Animal Welfare Society at +971 2 501 0054

If you are facing any consumer issues, you can contact the Ministry of Economy at 600 522 225 or email them at [email protected]

Alternatively, if you are in Dubai, you can call Ahlan Dubaion at +971 600 545555 or send an email to [email protected] with the details of your grievance.

In case of suspected food poisoning, please contact Dubai Municipality at 800900 using a landphone or send an email to [email protected]

If you are involved in a road accident, call the police at 999 and wait for their instructions.

People of Determination (this is the term used to refer to the differently-abled) can receive emergency medical assistance by sending an SMS to 5999. The SMS must contain information about the type of medical assistance being requested, the location of the person in need of medical care, and a phone number that the police can use to call the person or a bystander.

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