UK at Expo 2020 Dubai

The UK participated in the World Expo in Dubai, taking place from 1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022. The UK’s participation theme was ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’ and our presence consists of a self-build country Pavilion and a global programme of content and activity you can experience in person or online. 

in the future... how will we advance?

Technology can transform every aspect of human experience and beyond including healthcare, transport, energy and climate change with an impact yet to be fully realised.

From 17-20 March, we brought together global thought leaders from multiple industries together to explore how technology will continue to shape every area of our lives in the future.

Uk at expo 2020 podcast

Tune in to 'Future Focus; the UK at Expo' 2020's podcast series. We discuss innovation and the future of fashion, food, healthcare, travel and more with thought-leaders from across industry in the UK.


Inspired by one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, 'Breakthrough Message', the UK Pavilion invited you to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet should we one day encounter other advanced civilisations in space.

Humanity is facing challenges in every aspect of our being. Technology, creativity and innovation is rapidly showing us solutions that can solve these real global challenges. The UK is leading contributions in these areas to provide future, sustainable solutions which were explored on the UK Pavilion.

The UK Pavilion was based in the Opportunity District at Expo 2020 and was open from 10am - 10pm every day. The Pavilion offered inspiration to global business visitors and excitement to all of the family. 

in the future... what will we eat?

Running from 14-20 February, this series of events examined the need to rethink how we grow, consume and provide food for a sustainable future.

We brought together experts from the agritech and food and drink industries to explore how we will be able to feed ourselves in the future, end hunger, improve nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture to ensure solutions for generations to come.

UK Pavilion Virtual Tour

Maze of aspiration

The visitor experience took you through the story of how the UK’s role in AI and Space is impacting humanity, with augmented reality experiences and an enriched digital journey. It will also explored wider innovations and collaborations as well as showed how some of our partners address our theme 'Innovating for a Shared Future'.

Choral Space

Just before you entered this immersive space, you donated a word to a collective message. As you stepped into the Choral Space, you were cocooned in a soundscape, with the music featuring voices and sounds from all over the world.

Collective Message

As you left the UK Pavilion you could look back at the façade and read the collective message that you have helped to create.

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