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Top 6 things to see at Dubai Expo 2020

Words by Rob Chilton

As the cultural festival draws near, we look at the astonishing architecture and installations of Expo 2020

It’s been a bumpy ride but, finally, Expo 2020 is about to open its doors in Dubai. Spread across a site the size of 600 football pitches, Expo 2020 runs from October 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. It’s the first Expo in the Middle East, African and south Asia region, with more than 190 countries taking part.

If you're still in the dark about what Expo is, allow us to enlighten you. Think of it as a giant theme park filled with green spaces, cutting-edge architecture and visual marvels for young and old. Up to 60 daily events and performances will run at the site 20 minutes from Dubai Marina. The heartbeat of the park is Al Wasl Plaza, which will display 360 degree light and sound shows.

A cultural festival that happens every five years, the last Expo was held in Milan in 2015; the first Expo took place in London in 1851. Historically, bold new innovations are revealed at Expo such as the Eiffel Tower in Paris in 1889, the ice cream cone at St Louis in 1904, live TV at New York City in 1939 and the mobile phone in Osaka in 1970. Expo 2020 will unveil the Hyperloop vehicle, a 3D robotic arm, 4D printing of live cells, and more than 100 robots.

“People might think Expo is a business forum – it’s not,” explains Sholto Douglas-Home, chief marketing, communications and sales officer. “It’s entertainment, it’s a visitor attraction, it’s art, culture, performance, innovation, technology, food – there is something for everyone of any age from any part of the world.”

As you might expect from a city filled with landmark buildings, Dubai Expo 2020 has hired the best architects and design firms to create a collection of structures that must be seen to be believed. Here are the highlights.

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