The Enduring Legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai

The 2020 World Expo will be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates from 20 October 2020 through 10 April 2021. The event will be a great opportunity for the Emirate to showcase itself and host thousands of new visitors in its state of the art facilities. In addition, and more importantly, it “aims to generate new opportunities that will create a legacy that lasts well beyond 2020,” says Marjan Faraidooni, Vice President of Legacy at Expo 2020 Dubai.

Many structures are being built to facilitate this event and most (about 80%) will be retained as part of District 2020, a new national business district. As mentioned in a post by Khaleej Times about the construction of the Expo 2020 site, “District 2020 has already drawn interest from leading global companies including the Expo’s premier partners like Accenture and Siemens, which will establish their bases there.”

Legacy and the future is at the core of Dubai Expo 2020. According to the official website (, its theme ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ will provide a platform for creativity, innovation and collaboration which will create dialogue and shift the attention on sustainable solutions to global problems demanding cooperation across cultures, nations and regions. Expo 2020’s core sub-theme and three Theme Districts (Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability) are designed to unlock potential solutions within communities.

A key part of what the Expo 2020 Dubai’s lasting legacy will be is the input to create a better tomorrow that includes economic opportunities in the form of new connections between businesses also through showcasing innovations and new ideas from the Online Marketplace (OMP). This is a platform designed to increase reach and visibility by ‘facilitating cross-border trade and SME internationalization,’ says Richard McGuire, vice president – Procurement, Expo 2020 Dubai.

The future is also represented by the intention to put youth at the center of the World Expo. Expo 2020 Dubai has in store a diverse youth engagement plan. Expo 2020, in fact,  has created a dedicated team called ‘Youth Connect’ to give young people a mind-expanding experience that will provide them opportunities to see what might be in store for the future. Mariam Shaikh, VP Student Experience and External Relations from Amity University Dubai believes that Youth Connect as part of the Expo 2020 is an ideal “platform for students providing unlimited opportunities for them to be part of this global venture.”

Alya Al Ali, the 25-year-old director of the Expo School Programme, explains that its “mission is to inspire and empower the next generation to explore, create, and learn in a fun and immersive environment.” This engagement will create meaningful and lasting benefits for future generations by involving the youth and their educators in a way that will enable them to “explore and engage with Expo 2020’s theme Connecting Minds, Creating the Future and its subthemes Opportunity, Mobility & Sustainability,” to build a better future for everyone.

The Enduring Legacy of Expo 2020 Dubai

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