Dubai was awarded the Expo in 2013 giving it some seven years to plan and develop the infrastructure and capacity for a once in a life time celebration described as the largest event ever staged in the Arab world, welcoming 190 participating countries and millions of visitors from across the globe who, for 173 days, will experience Emirati hospitality at its finest.
The Expo’s theme is "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future" and its three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Innovation, each with its own pavilion, are aimed at building a better world and tapping into the heads and hearts of participants to guide this journey.
Youth and the empowerment of women are at the heart of Expo 2020 which aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come, both locally and globally, spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities. Expo 2020 intends to leave an economic, physical, social and reputational legacy. ... all will form part of what will be known as District 2020, a multi-purpose development designed to contribute to the UAE's drive towards a knowledge-based economy.
Empowering Woman to make a difference
Reem Al Hashemi, Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai has been the face of the Expo from the moment the UAE won the race to host it. She has been in the driver’s seat, using the Expo as a platform to promote the UAE’s vision of empowering women and promoting gender equality – from those involved in the design, development and delivery of the event, to the program it runs as part of the journey to 2020. Today half of Expo’s workforce are women. Not just that, 65 per cent of all UAE national hires at Expo 2020 Dubai are women.