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EXPO 2020

For six months from October 2021, the world's biggest celebration of human advancement is coming to Dubai, being held just 15 minutes from Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Dubai


The hotel is luxurious with very professional and extremely friendly staff. The rooms are very nice clean. Spacious and well equipped. The AC is quiet and very sensitive easy to control. There is plenty of underground parking spaces and the location is great connected a very nice mall where you shop, eat and spend good time in coffee shops.

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EXPO 2020

Tens of millions of people will be amazed by exhibits from almost 200 nations at Expo 2020 Dubai. Here's what you need to know.

What is Expo?


The World Expo is a showcase for human achievements and advancements from around the globe. A place to celebrate and exhibit the latest developments and new technologies brought about by humanity’s constant enterprise. The concept of a Global Exhibition, or World Fair, was first realised in 1951 with London’s ‘Great Exhibition’. An event attended by such luminaries as the father of evolution, Charles Darwin, and pioneer of electromagnetism, Michael Faraday.


Now officially licenced once every five years, each Expo is built around predefined themes, with all nations on earth invited to demonstrate their latest and most exciting advances in those areas.


Previous Expos have seen the world’s first public viewings of such life-changing developments as the mechanical computer (London, 1862), the telephone (Philadelphia, 1876), the phonograph (Paris, 1878), the Ferris wheel (Chicago, 1893), the zipper (Chicago, 1893), the X-ray machine (Buffalo, 1901), the ice cream cone (St. Louis, 1904), the hot dog (St. Louis, 1904), the baby incubator (Seattle, 1909), the television (New York, 1939), and the mobile phone (Osaka, 1970). The Paris skyline is still dominated by the Eiffel Tower, one of the most visited tourist attractions in the world, which was initially built for the 1889 Expo, and in St. Louis, 1904, Thomas Edison oversaw the presentation to the public of electricity itself!


Now, in 2021, Expo comes to Dubai. Just imagine what the world can discover…



Expo 2020 Dubai – A New Frontier


Throughout 170 years of World Expos, the fairs have been held almost exclusively in Europe and North America, with a few more recent events finding home in eastern nations such as Japan, China, and South Korea. Expo 2020 sees the celebration hosted for the first time anywhere in the Middle East, Africa, or South Asia, and the chosen location is the United Arab Emirates.


For six months, Dubai will welcome every nation of the planet to the largest event ever held in the Arab world. The theme of Expo 2020 is ‘Connecting Minds and Creating the Future’, with specific focus on the three areas of Opportunity, Mobility, and Sustainability. Expo 2020 is about bringing people together in one place, to collaborate, to create, and to change the world.


Expo 2020 will be just as much about play as about work. A huge 4km2 district of the city will be developed featuring  the three thematic districts,192 national pavilions,  over 200 restaurants, and host a staggering 60 live shows every single day. At night the arena will come alive with big-name concerts and mesmerising pyrotechnic displays. All this in an awe-inspiring environment of world-class architecture and innovative landscapes.



When is Expo 2020?


Originally intended to begin in 2020, in the interest of safety and responsibility as the world strives to overcome the Covid-19 pandemic, Expo 2020 has been moved to new dates in 2021. The event will now run from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. The site will be open seven days a week, from 10.00 am to 12.00 midnight on weekdays and 10.00 am to 2.00 am on weekends.



A Comfortable Stay for Expo 2020


Expo 2020 will receive 25 million visitors over six months, roughly the entire population of Australia. So, if rubbing shoulders with over 150,000 people a day at the festival site, you’ll need convenient accommodation with space to relax. Among many hotels near Dubai Expo 2020 site Oaks Dubai Ibn Battuta Gate sits perfectly in a quieter part of the city just 15 minutes from Expo 2020 and provides a roomy, peaceful, home from home. Guests can easily travel between the Oaks and Expo, either by air-conditioned taxi, that our concierge can arrange, or take advantage of the newly-built metro line that connects to the Expo 2020 site.


Premier Rooms start at an airy 35m2 and come with a walk-in shower and separate bathtub, meaning you have space to enjoy  before and after the memorable days you’ll enjoy at Expo. For those who like to stretch out a little more, or bring the family, our Executive Rooms and Suites are ideal.


The 5* Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate Hotel Dubai has a fully-equipped fitness centre available for all guests, and a rooftop pool where you can cool down  amid the beautiful architecture of the hotel. Casual dining is available all day for guests who prefer to eat away from the hustle of the festival site. Walk through the open atrium at the heart of the building to bring a little calm to your day.


Oaks Ibn Battuta Gate is the ideal Dubai hotel to explore the city from, with easy access to the beaches and malls and only five minutes away from Jumeirah Walk. For adrenaline-seekers, or a family day out, Dubai Parks is just a 15-minute drive.


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