Dubai Postpones Expo 2020 until 2021

Dubai has been preparing for the Dubai Expo 2020 since it was announced as the host city in 2013. An entire mini-city is under construction near the second Dubai Airport to hold all of the exhibits. Unfortunately, chalk the Dubai Expo 2020 as another delayed victim of the Coronavirus. New dates have been announced, and the event has been postponed.

Image courtesy of the Dubai Expo 2020

New Dates Announced

It was originally slated to open on October 20, 2020, and run through April 10, 2021. Because of the coronavirus, it is going to be delayed exactly one year until 2021.

The new dates, October 21, 2021 until March 31, 2022, were voted on by 2/3 of the members states of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).

What is the Expo??

Remember the World’s Fairs from years and years ago? Welcome to the new and improved version of those world’s fairs.

The Dubai Expo 2020 is set out to be a collection of the best minds, ideas, events, and cultures from the entire world. Honestly, if you have 15-20 minutes to kill (and we know you do) check out their YouTube videos. The event is going to be out of this world.

Expo 2020 Dubai will host the world for 6 months, with each day brimming with new experiences. It’ll be a time to create, collaborate and innovate. And it’s going to be fun. We’re talking eye-catching, mind-bending, taste bud-tickling, grin-inducing, good-weird, did-that-really-just-happen fun. Come along, or spend a lifetime telling less interesting stories.

The Experience

By sheer coincidence, we were in Milan during the expo 2015 and it was amazing. The entire city was full of tourists from every corner of the planet. Dubai would have experienced the same, and considering we just don’t know enough about the coronavirus just yet, it seemed that getting 190+ countries together to share experiences, and germs, could wait 12 more months.

Expect to see every country with their own pavilion, showcasing what makes their country not only amazing, but what they bring to the global stage.

Expect to taste food from every corner of the globe.

Expect to discover how we’re all connected together in the global space and to celebrate culture, innovation, and sustainability.

How to Get There

We actually have flights booked to the Emirates for January 2021 and even though the expo won’t be open, we’re still going to go on a little vacation.

We used American Airlines AAdvantage miles to fly from Seattle to New York JFK with Alaska Airlines and on to Abu Dhabi with Etihad. Then, we used Alaska Airlines miles to fly from Dubai to San Francisco connecting back to Seattle.

If you’re unfamiliar on how to use American Airlines miles to fly on perhaps one of the world’s best first class products, the Etihad apartment, read all about it here.

See you in 2021 (and 2022) Dubai!

Author: Jon Nickel-D'Andrea

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  1. More importantly, what will Emirates do about their livery? They’ve had that Expo 2020 logo on their planes forever.

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    • I imagine it’ll still be expo 2020. Just like it’s still Tokyo 2020

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