Expo 2020 has been an iconic event for Dubai, with so much to see and with so much to do it seems impossible to complete it all before it finishes on March 31st 2022. There are many people who have been lots of times and some who haven’t visited at all, but there is still time to get those final visits in before we sadly say goodbye to the ‘greatest show on earth’.
Visiting Expo 2020 is great for all ages and what’s the most impressive thing about Expo 2020 is that there is genuinely something for everyone. It really is a fun-filled family day that everyone can enjoy. Venturing to such a large-scale event can seem daunting, especially when visiting with little ones however there are loads of supportive systems in place to help people of all ages enjoy the show.
With 192 country pavilions to visit, along with a whole host of attractions it can seem overwhelming trying to plan your trip even if you have been before! So, we have made it easy for you. We’ve compiled a list for our British Mums readers to pick out the most popular pavilions and attractions for children along with family-friendly tips and tricks to make the most of the remaining days of Expo 2020.
BEST PAVILLIONS FOR KIDS
Saudi Arabia is pretty central to the site and is one of the largest. It tends to get busy quickly so it is best to visit this one first thing when the exhibition opens at 10am. Impressive to say the least this pavilion has water features, amazing cinematic experiences, as well as what only can be described as a large-scale sensory room. Without ruining too much for you all, it is definitely one to visit with children. The passport stamping area is in a separate centre below that has its own café, another interactive room, and a world record-breaking water display.
The Saudi Arabia pavilion is right next to the Latifa play area too, handy for when mum and dad need a sit down!
The vibrant red exterior makes this pavilion pretty cool from the start, and with a misty mountain setting, and interactive stations further on, this pavilion really is one for the senses! The kids love the different areas and interactions, plus what’s more, there’s a feast for the eyes and nose in the chocolate shop at the end.
One of the smaller pavilions, Tonga’s message is clear ‘keep our oceans free from plastic’ yet it’s incredibly fun for children. Equipped with interactive and educational activities for the kids there is also a colouring station which is always an added bonus if you want some extra time out of the heat! As it is one of the smaller pavilions it tends to be quieter than the larger stands which is an added bonus too.
A hidden gem that is perfect when the kids need a little ‘wind down’ time, it’s again another smaller pavilion so is generally quieter. It has a large darkened cinema room that showcases the best of Gabon’s wildlife, it’s great for the kids to try and find which animals they can see!
EMIRATES AIRLINE PAVILION
The Emirates Airline pavilion allows you to design your own aircraft so perfect for children who love to build and explore. Where else would you have the chance to design an aeroplane and use virtual reality technology? An amazing opportunity for little ones! As you can imagine, this is a popular pavilion so it is best to book a visiting time slot ahead using the smart queue pass on the Expo 2020 app.
BEST ATTRACTIONS NOT TO MISS
EXPO 2020 WATER FEATURE
A great way to cool off and is amazing to see whether you’re an adult or a child. The illusion of the water crashing to the ground only to disappear is mesmerizing and if you catch the regular daily shows the water feature dances to music. The water feature does get busy so either visit early in your trip or be prepared to spend a little extra time here to make sure you truly get to experience it! Visiting at night is great too as the water features are lit too for an amazing light show.
Explore Expo 2020 from above with the amazing 55-meter rotating viewing gallery. Priced at a reasonable AED 30 per ride, this is definitely an attraction not to miss! It is best to go to the Sky Gardens when you have explored the Expo 2020 site beforehand so when you’re in the sky you can pinpoint your favourite pavilions from above.
AL WASL DOME LIGHT SHOW
It can be tricky staying at Expo 2020 too late especially when you have little ones that need to go to bed, but if you want to add anything to your Expo bucket list, it is this! Timed regularly throughout the evening, the Al Wasl dome lights up with creative projection to really bring the dome to life. There are plenty of videos online of the Al Wasl Dome light shows, but to see it in real life is really something special.
ASSISTANCE FOR EVERYONE
There are plenty of Visitor Centres dotted around the site all of which contain a number of beautifully clean toilets, feeding rooms, and prayer rooms. There are even shaded seating areas outside with little soft play blocks and little slides, so whilst the parents regroup and plan where to head next, the children are occupied too.
Don’t forget if you need assistance too, the Visitor Centres have a range of services for people who require extra assistance such as people of determination, parents, and OAPs, and more. All of the staff are happy to help to make your visit to Expo 2020 enjoyable.
There is just under a month left of Expo 2020, so if you’re unsure whether to visit for the first time or your fiftieth time try to see as much as you can, whilst you still can! You won’t regret it.