The countdown to Expo 2020 Dubai is set to begin at 8:20pm on 20 October – the precise time that the 173-day World Expo is set to begin on 20 October, 2020 – to mark UAE’s One Year to Go celebration, which will be held simultaneously at the Burj Park, Downtown Dubai, Louvre Abu Dhabi, Al Majaz Waterfront in Sharjah, Ajman Museum, Umm Al Quwain Corniche, Al Qawasim Corniche in Ras Al Khaimah, and the Fujairah Fort.
In precisely one year, the 4.38km2 Expo 2020 Dubai site will welcome 25 million visitors from 192 countries to experience more than 60 live events, 200 food and beverage outlets, and 50 cuisines from around the world.
More than 32,000 construction workers from 71 nationalities are presently employed to ensure the timely completion of Expo 2020 Dubai’s key features including 192 country pavilions; the 130m-wide and 67.5m tall Al Wasl Dome, which was crowned in September 2019; the Al Forsan and Jubilee parks; the 4.5ha Dubai Exhibition Centre (DEC); as well as 45 drinking fountains.
Commenting on the One Year to Go milestone, minister of state for international cooperation and director-general of Expo 2020 Dubai, HE Reem Al Hashimy, said: “So far, 2019 has been the year of delivery and the Expo 2020 site has been transformed by the completion of key construction milestones such as the Thematic Districts and the crowning of Al Wasl dome."
"The next 12 months will see us put the finishing touches to ensure an exceptional World Expo.”
More than 38,000 suppliers from 151 countries have already registered to do business on Expo 2020 Dubai’s eSourcing Portal, the Online Marketplace (OMP).
With sustainability as a prime theme, Expo 2020 Dubai will ensure the segregation, treatment, and diversion of 85% of waste – including municipal solid waste, construction waste, and decommissioning waste – away from landfills to be recycled.
Additionally, the 1,055 solar panels on the Sustainability Pavilion’s roof will generate 4GWh of power over a year, enough to charge approximately 900,000 mobile phones.
The World Expo, which is projected to contribute $33.3bn (AED122.6bn) to the UAE economy, will provide 8,000 WiFi access points, as well as 5G networks – making it the first commercial site in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia (MEASA) region to access the next-generation network.