Dubai Expo 2020

What if Dubai had to postpone the original dates of Dubai EXPO 2020 due to the massive pandemic? It’s back in force again to host this much-awaited global event in the grandest yet safest way possible. Yes, it’s now scheduled to begin on Friday, October 1st, 2021 which will run for six months till Thursday, March 31st2022. So let’s see how and what is getting ready as the EXPO 2020 Pavilions Premiere was recently done with the unveil of Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion from January 22nd, 2021.

Know About Expo 2020 Pavilions Premiere

It’s known to all that EXPO 2020 is the first World EXPO that is going to take place in the MENASA (Middle East, North Africa and South Asia) region. And the EXPO 2020 Pavilions Premiere is your ticket to know what to expect to see and experience during this mega global event in Dubai, prior to its formal kick-off in October 2021. The Premiere has now debuted with the opening of one of its three Thematic Pavilions: Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion. Access to this, however, is available for a limited period only till April 10, after which other pavilions will be unveiled. You may not get to experience the exact fervor of Dubai EXPO, but this would definitely give you a glimpse of its astonishingly innovative offerings.

Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion: Location, How To Reach, Timing, & Pricing Information


The 438-hectare Dubai EXPO 2020 site is in Dubai South, halfway between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Al Maktoum International Airport is nearby.

How to Reach?

If you’re planning to arrive here via metro, there are direct metro routes that connect you to the EXPO 2020 site from Jebel Ali Metro Station. You can also reach here via bus with the dedicated Expo Rider buses run by RTA (Dubai Road and Transport Authority) absolutely for free. You can hire a cab or further drive your own to reach here. The Sustainability Parking Zone alone offers space for 250 vehicles, while the Opportunity Parking Zones comes with space for 110 vehicles and Mobility Zone for 96 vehicles.


The EXPO 2020 Pavilions Premiere offers access to Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion and will be open from 2021 April 10 to 2021 January 2. Timings are as follows:

  • Tuesday to Thursday: 15:00 hrs to 21:00 hrs
  • Friday & Saturday: 16:00 to 22:00 hrs

To gain entry to the Sustainability Pavilion and EXPO 2020 Pavilions Premiere, all it will set you back is AED 25 per head.

Note: Overall, it’s open only five days a week.

Dubai Expo 2020 – Three Thematic Pavilions

‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ is the core theme of the event, while its three sub-themes (such as Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability) are its main pillars. This is reflected in its three Thematic Pavilions. So with the Pavilions Premiere, get ready to see the flagship attractions and experiences that make up these Thematic Pavilions that are developed around a central plaza, namely, Al Wasl.

Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion:

This thematic pavilion stands out for its extraordinarily immersive experiences and cutting-edge innovations. It allows you to navigate through the gems of the natural world and this covers everything from the oceans to the jungles.

Alif – The Mobility Pavilion:

With its unique super-futuristic theme, it’s where you get to travel through time and space and of course explore the ultra-modern human growths. So as you drop into this thematic pavilion, get ready to experience a coming-of-age city served by artificial intelligence, high-end robotics, and autonomous vehicles, among others.

Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion:

Visit here and the rest is sure that you’ll return home as a changed optimistic person. This further gives you the unique chance to be part of its activities that allow for the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

What To See Inside Terra –The Sustainability Pavilion?

It’s the first thematic pavilion that has been open for public access, but it’s available for your preview only for a limited period. Just take a look at the below points if you’re curious to know about the interesting things or key attractions here.

See the Massive solar Canopy: Discover the new realms of sustainability as you step inside the pavilion. There is a huge solar canopy atop the pavilion, helped by more than 1000 photovoltaic panels that are set on the roof canopy (whose overall width is 130 meters). Another highlight is its Energy Trees, about 20 of them, which follow the sun for its functioning.

Cool Sustainable Features: The UK-based Grimshaw Architects has designed this pavilion is such a way that it abides by all criteria for the LEED Platinum certification which is one of the most coveted accreditations for sustainable green building architecture. So it goes without saying that it has been developed to be net-zero in terms of water and energy consumption. It’s thanks to its most advanced water reduction and water recycling strategies with its greywater recycling system.

Explore the Ocean Trails & Make your Way through Forest Roots: Yes, you’ll not only get to take in the depths of the underwater world but also stroll through an Arabian Wadi and finally a forest. A walk into the forest lets you explore a distinct root network, interestingly known as the Wood Wide Web. Along with this, enjoy a glimpse of how trees converse with each other and further attack, help or support whenever a need arises. The clever implementation of top-notch digital technology enriches the whole experience.

Experience the Threats Faced by the Natural World: There is also an exclusive segment where you get to know the threats caused to the natural world, especially by humans. A walk along this eye-opening segment would surely urge you to take steps that minimize or eliminate the carbon footprint, thus contributing your part for a sustainable future.

Other Interesting Sections: Occupying overall 6300 square meters, the Terra Pavilion has several intriguing sections and attractions dedicated to unbelievable futuristic innovations, ranging from Gnasher with its noticeable U-like design to the Laboratory of Future Values.

Things To Know Before You Visit Here

  • With limited access and operating hours, make sure that you pre-book your Dubai EXPO 2020 tickets to avoid any hassle.
  • You can expect to see a lot of things and experiences on your visit here. So put on comfortable clothing along with a good quality pair of shoes to discover all.
  • Don’t wear any dress that carries any religious, political or obscene messages
  • Interiors are air-conditioned means it will be ideal to carry a lightweight cardigan or jacket.
  • Apply sunscreen and carry your sunglasses.
  • There are prayer room and baby changing facilities available, among many other facilities.
  • Know what you should bring as certain things are not allowed in or close to the Dubai EXPO 2020 site, such as:
    • Photography and filming tools whose lens is more than 30 centimeters
    • Drones and other aerial vehicles
    • Gadgets with laser beams or strobe lights
    • Animals
    • Poles and sticks other than walking sticks
    • Banners and signage
  • Most of all, take care to abide by all COVID-19 safety protocols; wear a mask, maintain social distance and sanitize your hands at regular intervals.
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We missed a lot of things last year! But on a positive note, the reschedule of events like this has created more opportunities with Dubai EXPO 2020 jobs, bringing in a fresh ray of hope in 2021. Moreover, as most countries including UAE have now rolled out the widespread implementation of the COVID-19 vaccination program, we hope that things would return to the previous normal soon and you get to experience the best World EXPO that the world has ever seen. Meanwhile, stay in the know as we keep updating you about the key highlights of the other two pavilions that are due to open in the first quarter of 2021.

Shaheen Taj is a freelance travel writer by profession. She is particularly fond of traveling and loves to jot down her experiences and cultural diversities of different countries.

  • 9 thoughts on “Dubai Forges Ahead to Give Inside Glance of Expo Sustainability Pavilion
    1. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Wow! Looks like an interesting line-up of activities. Great to know it is happening this year.

    2. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Looking forward to visiting it. It has got some amazing activities. Thank you for the detailed post!

    3. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Thank you, Rayna Tours, for this informative post. I like that it is based on themes such as sustainably and opportunity. It is a much-needed event after the covid 19 pandemic.

    4. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Thanks a ton for the post! Looks like a great line-up of activities. Missed it last year due to COVID. Great to know it is happening this year.

    5. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Thank you, Rayna Tours, for such a detailed and informative post. We missed the Dubai Expo last year due to the pandemic.

    6. Avatar for Shaheen Taj

      Wow! Looks like the Dubai Expo has some amazing things in store this year. The pavilions look interesting. Can’t wait for it.

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