31 amazing things to do at Expo 2020 Dubai…before it’s too late

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This is the last curtain call for “The Greatest Show in the World” *sob*. Here’s everything you need to eat, drink, see and do before it’s too late

Things to do: Don’t visit the Expo without completing them

1. VISIT THE GARDEN IN THE SKY

Garden in the Sky Expo 2020 Dubai

For a whole new perspective, climb to the top of the 55-meter-tall Garden in the Sky observation tower for panoramic views of Expo 2020.

2. BRAVE A SLIPPERY SLOPE

The Luxembourg pavilion features a massive 21-metre-high slide, where visitors descend into a green, wooded area that evokes the country’s beautiful forests.

3. BIKE RENTAL

Cycling around the Expo is the best way to get familiar with the site, but it’s also incredibly fun. Since there are no cars, it is also very safe.

4. MAKE YOUR OWN Donuts

Bread Ahead, the donut legends of London’s Borough Market, offers daily workshops at its stand-alone location at Expo. Intimate sessions guide attendees through the process of transforming a few basic ingredients into fabulous desserts. Book a session by calling (050) 131 0278.

5. BE A BIG KID IN A GIANT BALL PIT

The Germany pavilion has become a big hit on the school visit route, but the big kids can’t help but love the giant interactive ball pit, filled with 100,000 yellow balls. We say dive into it.

6. PRACTICE YOGA ON THE BODY OF WATER

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Go into zen mode every Monday morning with a free yoga session at Surreal, Dubai’s awe-inspiring water feature. The hour-long session is led by a rotating roster of Dubai’s top yoga teachers, who guide you through a beginner-friendly practice. Book your spot on the Glofox app.

7. WALKING UNDER THE WINGS OF THE UAE PAVILION

Designed in the shape of a falcon in flight, the UAE Pavilion is a major attraction at Expo 2020 Dubai and absolutely worth a visit. Learn about the country’s history and heritage.

8. COMPLETE YOUR EXPO PASSPORT

Collecting the stamps of the Pavilion became the unexpected success of the Expo, and no one really knows why. Follow the masses and buy your passport (40 Dhs) from any stall on site and have it stamped.

9. REGISTER FOR FREE SPORTS HUB BOOTCAMPS

Led by the Australian Pavilion Fitness Team, these daily bootcamps mix bodyweight resistance, conditioning and core exercise. Classes are free and take place at 6 p.m. Register here : expo2020sportshub.com

10. SLEEP AT THE EXPO

Rove Expo 2020 is the only hotel on site, so why not make the most of your visit by staying there? Click here for a chance to win a one night stay.

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11. ALKEBULAN AFRICAN DINING ROOM

One of the smash hits of the Expo, Alkebulan is a two-story food hall featuring culinary creations from some of Africa’s finest chefs. Curated by restaurateur Alexander Smalls, you’ll find fragrant African fusion plates, vegan dishes, seafood options and more inside. Location: Next to surreal water feature. @alkebulandininghall

12. KOJAKI

Another big Expo hit is this self-contained restaurant that describes itself as “Korean with a Japanese flavor.” The Korean chef has spent decades cooking Japanese cuisine so that fusion creations marry the best of both. Location: District of opportunities. @kojakidubai

13. LONG CHIM

David Thompson, who has made Thai cooking his life’s work, is the man behind famous Thai street food chain Long Chim. Head here for authentic flavors from the Land of Smiles. Location: Mobility district. @longchimdubai

14. MERCATO SCARPETTA

Homemade pasta made daily, local ingredients and the region’s first burrata bar make Scarpetta a must. Location: Neighborhood Mobility

15. KUTIR

Kutir offers an authentic and traditional Indian menu inspired by the tradition of hunting in the jungles of the Indian countryside. Led by Michelin chef Rohit Ghai, the menus feature highly seasonal ingredients with an emphasis on game and seafood. Location: District of opportunities. @kutirdubai

16. BARON

Foodies in the know know Baron, Beirut’s legendary neighborhood restaurant, all too well. It was recently named one of the 50 best restaurants in the Middle East (#12). Location: Next to Al Wasl Square. @baron.dubai

17. JUBILEE GASTRONOMY

Part rooftop bar and part gourmet restaurant, Jubilee’s intimate chef’s table dining experiences are well worth a visit, when international and local chefs curate rotating four- and nine-course meals. Location: Expo Media Center, next to Al Wasl Plaza. @jubileegastronomy

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18. THE LOCAL – AUSTRALIAN PAVILION

Our favorite Expo party spot so far, The Local at the Australia Pavilion (near the entrance to the Mobility car park) does the top Aussie tucker (order the fries with chicken salt and the cheese toastie vegemite) and a huge drinks menu offering everything from Aussie wines and beers to “dark and stormy” cocktails. The outdoor courtyard is cradled by the Australian Pavilion, also providing welcome shade during the hottest hours. Location: Near the Mobility Parking entrance. @expo2020australia

19. BE HAPPY – BELGIAN PAVILION

Besides the ridiculously good Belgian waffles and fries available on the ground floor of the Belgian Pavilion (located in the mobility district), you should also head to the rooftop and check out Be Lounge Rooftop Terrace and Brasserie for a range of classic bites Belgians (hello, cheese croquettes and pots of mussels), as well as a range of cocktails and Belgian beers. Mondays are Ladies Night, which includes three drinks (based on a minimum spend of Dhs 100) starting at 6 p.m. Location: Inside the mobility district. @belgianpavilion_expo2020dubai

20. IRIS LOUNGE

Iris Lounge is a two-story stand-alone bar located near the UAE pavilion. The top floor balcony overlooks Al Forsan Park and if you are lucky you can catch a show at the amphitheater. Downstairs, meanwhile, is a family-friendly area serving a range of Mediterranean and Japanese bar bites, and there’s also a large cocktail menu. @irisexpo

21. THE IRISH VILLAGE

Located in Jubilee Park, and naturally next to the Ireland Pavilion, The Irish Village offers a recreation of its iconic Garhoud branch, complete with live music and Expo-winning pub food in this entirely outdoor space. Location: Jubilee Park, next to the Ireland Pavilion. @theirishvillage

22. JIKO AND CANE BAR

Alkebulan boldly claims to be the world’s first African food hall. And there’s certainly a sense of uncharted waters here, as the impressive two-story venue at Expo 2020 is home to 10 chef-led concepts and two additional bars. Both bars are located on the first floor, flanking the dining room. The first is Jiko – a cocktail concept concocted by the team at the luxury boutique hotel Tribe in Nairobi. The second is Bar Cane, curated by Chef Coco, which uses African spices to create signature cocktails. Location: Jubilee Park. @alkebulandininghall

23. TIAKI – NEW ZEALAND PAVILION

Tiaki has been one of the big names on everyone’s radar since Expo 2020 opened, and for good reason. The menu of the New Zealand Pavilion restaurant and bar has been carefully considered, where you’ll find everything from sustainably sourced New Zealand hoki fillet and fries, New Zealand game pasture-raised and Marlborough green-lipped mussels. But the drinks, served in the restaurant and the cozy bar/lounge, are equally exciting, with a range of white wines and New Zealand beers on offer. Location: Near the entrance to the Sustainability Parking. @tiakirestaurant

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24. THE MILLS LIVE (MARCH 5)

The windmills

Workout meets mega concert music as fitness giants Les Mills take over the Expo Sports Hub for an energetic all-day fitness festival.
lesmills.com/ae/les-mills-live-dubai-2022

25. BBQ FESTIVAL (UNTIL MARCH 6)

Holiday garden

Enjoy Alkebulan’s smokehouse menus, Hill Country Barbecue Market, local Mattar Farms and plant-based options at Just Vegan, with live entertainment and family-friendly activities. expo2020dubai.com

26. SAINT PATRICK’S (MARCH 17)

Live music, special performances and lots of great craic spread across the Irish Village, Ireland Pavilion and Main Stage. @irelandatexpo

27. CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE EXHIBITION

Although nothing has yet been confirmed for the big concert that will close the biggest show in the world, you can guarantee that it will be an unforgettable evening. Stay tuned WhatsOn.ae for the last.

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28. ENTRY PORTALS

When you arrive at the threshold of Expo 2020 Dubai, you can’t help but see the 21-meter-tall structure in front of you. The intricate trellis is a hallmark of Islamic civilization and deserves a spot on your Insta feed.
Location: Inputs of sustainability, opportunity and mobility

29. AL WASL DOME OCULUS

Affectionately known as the heart of Expo 2020 Dubai, Al Wasl Plaza is the visual mega marvel of the site where all the major shows took place. During the day, visitors can stroll under the 67-meter-tall dome, which doubles as a 360-degree laser projection surface for stunning evening shows. Stand under the eye of the dome for the all-important Expo selfie.
Location: Al Wasl Square

30. WATER FEATURE

Half the size of a football field and fully fenced in, Expo’s incredible water feature has become the site’s biggest draw. Stand barefoot at the base of the waterfall, camera ready, and wait for the tidal waves to erupt and tower over to the sound of evocative music.
Location: Next to Al Wasl Square

31. DODECALIS LIGHT

This immersive, inflatable art installation is a traveling exhibit that arrived at the Expo site last month. Created by Architects of Air, Luminarium features a maze of colorful tunnels and soundscapes that change throughout the day.
Location: Holiday garden

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