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Expo 2020 Dubai quarterly newsletter, issue 3

Welcome to the third issue of the Expo 2020 Dubai quarterly newsletter.

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Expo 2020 Dubai Update

With less than one year to go before the Opening Ceremony, Expo 2020 is fast approaching. From the crowning of Al Wasl Plaza to a new global marketing campaign, developments are taking place across a number of fronts.

Sunday 20 October marked one year until the opening of Expo 2020 Dubai, with the UAE celebrating the occasion in style. International superstar, Mariah Carey and Emirati singer and Expo Ambassador, Hussain Al Jassmi headlined celebrations which included a spectacular LED show and fireworks display at the Burj Khalifa.

The September crowning of Al Wasl Plaza, Expo 2020's central pavilion with its dome was also an important milestone in the development of the Expo site. Located at the centre of Expo 2020, the Al Wasl Plaza will connect the Expo's three thematic districts; Mobility, Opportunity, and Sustainability which have been constructed. All permanent construction is anticipated to be completed by the end of 2019.

The Australian Pavilion will be located in the Mobility District opposite the Mobility Pavilion which explores human progress and how people, goods, ideas and data move.

The Opportunity Pavilion, designed by Australia-based Cox Architecture and made from organic materials, aims to inspire millions of visitors to be individual forces of positive change. The visitor experience will challenge thinking on issues related to water, food and energy by simulating environments of individuals who are agents of change.

The Sustainability Pavilion explores the innovative global projects that are contributing to global sustainability.
Almost every country in the world will be participating at Expo 2020 Dubai with 192 countries confirmed. The 438 hectare site will be home to country pavilions featuring interactive exhibits, live entertainment and meeting spaces. Pavilion designs recently announced include Canada, Singapore, Japan, Peru and the Philippines.

Photo of Mariah Carey singing on stage.
Mariah Carey headlines One Year to Go Festivities. Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai.
Photo of the Dubai Higher Committee standing infront of the Al Wasl Dome for a group photo.
The Dubai Higher Committee gather to celebrate the crowning of Al Wasl Dome. Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai.


The ticket prices for Expo 2020 have been released, with a single-day adult ticket costing 120 AED (33 USD) and a three-day pass costing 260 AED (71 USD). Visitors will also have the option to purchase season or monthly passes. Tickets will be available to the public from April 2020.

Visitor Profile

Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 25 million visits, with 70 per cent coming from outside the UAE, including:

  • 23 per cent from South Asia
  • 17 per cent from GCC
  • 15 per cent from Western Europe
  • 11 per cent from East Asia

Be There – Expo 2020

The Expo Organising Committee has launched its new global marketing campaign, 'Be There'. The campaign featuring American rapper, Will.i.Am, recognises that while history is full of technological milestones that we weren't present for, everyone has the chance to attend Expo 2020 Dubai, 'The World's Greatest Show', and experience an unforgettable moment.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience technological advances, explore the site's living campus, and view architectural design from around the world. Entertainment is also on the agenda with more than 60 live shows every day for 173 days, and culinary delights from around the world available in more than 200 F&B outlets.

Photo of the Al Wasl Plaza roof that has several unique shapes and patterns.
Al Wasl Plaza (concept). Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai.

Australian Pavilion Update

Australia continues to prepare for Expo 2020 with work underway on the Australian Pavilion site in preparation for construction.

The Australian Pavilion, set in the Mobility district, will be the focal point of Australia's participation in Expo 2020. From the pavilion design to the events program, Australia continues to make progress in the lead up to October 2020.

Finishing touches are being made to the Australian Pavilion design and site works are underway in preparation for construction to commence shortly. Melbourne-based event production company Accolade has been engaged to design the visitor experience inside the pavilion.

TVG, the Australian Pavilion operator is seeking expressions of interest to work at the pavilion. Positions include administration, retail, food and beverage, pavilion guides, interpreters, reception staff and drivers. Applicants who register their interest through this process will be contacted by TVG when the official recruitment process commences towards the end of 2019.

Business Program

Development of the pavilion business program continues. The program will include Austrade-led missions, commonwealth-led events, and events hosted by our Major Partners (states and territories) and Corporate Partners (corporates and institutions).

Events are being designed around key priority sectors:

  • Agribusiness and food
  • International health
  • Education
  • Major infrastructure including sustainable urban development and smart cities
  • Services and technology
  • Energy and resources
  • Space and advanced manufacturing
  • Sport
  • Creative industries
  • Tourism

The Australian Pavilion program will also feature events that promote pavilion-to-pavilion and multilateral collaboration aligned with our key priority sectors and the Expo Organising Committee's thematic weeks which include the Sustainable Development Goals, Urban Development and Cities, Water, Agriculture and Livelihood development, Health and Wellness and Women and Girls. Australia will lead Sports Diplomacy activities at Expo 2020 Dubai in collaboration with participating countries.

Cultural Program Update

Australia's cultural program will be designed to showcase Australia's cultural assets and world-class creative arts sector to a global audience.

The Australian Pavilion cultural program is under development. Responses to an EOI process held earlier this year continue to be assessed by the cultural program manager, Jacqui Bonner Marketing + Management. The final cultural program will be designed to entertain visitors, increase awareness of the diversity and depth of Australia's performing arts sector and celebrate the richness of Indigenous arts and culture. We also encourage major Australian performers and artists to consider a stopover in Dubai during Expo 2020.

A digital aerial view photo of the Mobility Pavilion concept building.
Mobility Pavilion (concept). The Australian Pavilion will be located in the Mobility District opposite the Mobility Pavilion. Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai.

Recent Visits

Australia's Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai has received a number of delegations and high-profile visitors to the Expo site.

As the Expo site begins to take shape, Australia's Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai, Justin McGowan has hosted a number of visits including from states and territories.

On 7 October 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack visited the Expo 2020 site and met with Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director General, Dubai Expo 2020 Bureau.

Photo of people standing over a model table that obtains several concept buildings. Further details in the caption.
Australia's Commissioner General for Expo 2020 Dubai, Justin McGowan briefs Deputy Prime Minister Michael McCormack about the Expo site. Ms Maha Al Gargawi, Vice President, International Participants, Expo 2020 Dubai (left), and Australia's Consul-General and General Manager, Middle East and Africa, Ian Halliday (right) participated in the site visit. Credit: Expo 2020 Dubai

Business and Industry Opportunities

Expo 2020 will provide opportunities for businesses to connect and explore new markets.

Official Providers

We welcome new Official Providers to the Australian Pavilion:


We welcome Victoria as a Major Partner of the Australian Pavilion. Expo 2020 will provide a platform for Victoria to promote its credentials as a tourism, sports and major events destination. Melbourne hosted Australia's first World Expo in 1880.

Corporate interest in supporting the Australian Pavilion is growing. We are pleased to announce two new corporate partners.

Perth-based robotics technology company FBR has been appointed the Official Australian Pavilion Construction Robotics Partner. FBR is pioneering Hadrian X, a unique construction robot capable of constructing walls quickly and efficiently using its Fastbrick Wall System technology.

In addition, Australia's national science research agency CSIRO has joined as a Corporate Partner. CSIRO has played a pivotal role in solving many of Australia's greatest challenges using innovative science and technology.

For more information about partnership opportunities, or to arrange a discussion, please email:

The UAE Embassy hosted an event to mark one year out from the commencement of the first World Exposition to be held in the Middle East and North Africa region. R to L: Mr Ahmed Yahya A. AL DAGREER, Deputy of Ambassador of Saudi Arabia; His Excellency Dr Ali M KRAISHAN, Ambassador of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; His Excellency Mr Abdulla ALSUBOUSI, Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates; His Excellency Mr Monther. B. AL-EISSA, Ambassador of the State of Kuwait; and Mrs Aliaa Hamdi Hassan ABOUELNAGA, Chargé d'Affaires a.i. of Egypt. Credit: Fahad Akhand.

Expo 2020 Innovation Impact Grant Programme

Expo 2020's Innovation Impact Grant Programme acknowledges and supports the work of business and initiatives that encapsulate the spirit and theme of 'Connecting Minds, Creating the Future'. In a recent round of grants, three Australian businesses were shortlisted for their inspiring work.

Do you have an innovative solution that will make a difference to communities of the environment? The Expo Live Innovation Impact Grant Programme recognises and supports the work of businesses and initiatives designed to advance the pace of progress and inspire a more inclusive and prosperous future. Grant rounds are held regularly. For details visit Expo Live.

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Last Updated: 15 November 2019
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