UK to explore innovative technology for the betterment of mankind at Expo 2020 Dubai

03 September 2021:

How can technology improve human experience – from health, transport, energy, and the environment? In March 2022, the UK’s leading experts will come together at Expo 2020 Dubai to explore how technology will continue to shape every aspect of our lives in the future.

Between 17th and 21st March 2022, ‘In the Future, How will we Advance?’ will highlight how AI can continue to benefit people across the globe while driving towards a more sustainable future.

During the programme, Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Director of National Space Centre and Science and Technology Facilities Council member, will be taking part in a summit focused on how to develop technology for the betterment of mankind. This is just one of the events taking place across the five-day hybrid event combining in-person and virtual speakers. Alongside the socially distanced audience in attendance, the sessions will also be accessible virtually so people across the world can take part.

Another summit scheduled during the five-day period will explore how new technologies and big data can be applied to real social and environmental issues, such as healthcare, energy and climate change. The session will include Theresa Condor, Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Spire Global.

Speakers and commentators touching on topics as broad as space and how the internet and AI can shape our vision and values during the programme will include:

• Professor Maire O’Neill, ECIT, Queen’s University Belfast

• Professor Bernd Stahl, Director of the Centre for Computing & Social Responsibility at De Montfort University

• Nobu Okada, Founder and CEO of Astroscale

• Nick Shave, Chair at UKSpace

Laura Faulkner OBE, UK Commissioner for Expo 2020 Dubai, says: “The potential of technology to improve the human experience is exponential. It’s estimated that UK GDP will have increased by 10.3% as a result of AI alone by 2030 and will play a key role in solving the global challenges of our time. I’m excited to witness the evolution of such innovative technologies and the ideas and solutions discussed during the programme.”

All events will be hosted in the stunning UK Pavilion, a must see highlight at Expo 2020 Dubai that occupies a prime location in the Opportunity District, near to the central Al Wasl Plaza and the huge dome that sits atop it. The UK’s participation theme is ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’. The UK Pavilion will also host the 1851 restaurant, showcasing the best of British food and drink throughout the event.

The first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region and the largest event ever held in the Arab world, Expo 2020 Dubai will run for six months from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022 – bringing 190-plus countries together in a spirit of hope, optimism and shared purpose. Further details of ‘What will we Eat?’ and the rest of the UK programme will be announced throughout the year as the event grows closer.

For more information and to take a virtual tour of the UK Pavilion visit:

Watch this video from the Department for International Trade on the event themes:

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The UK at Expo 2020 Dubai

The UK is participating in Expo 2020 Dubai, taking place from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022. More than 190 nations are taking part with 70% of the visitors expected from around the world. The overarching theme for Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Under the theme ‘Innovating for a Shared Future’, the UK’s participation will boost the country’s global reputation, drive future partnerships and provide long term economic benefit.

The UK’s participation in Expo 2020 Dubai will be led by the Department for International Trade (DIT), with support from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, the Department for Transport, the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Devolved Administrations. The UK’s presence will consist of a self-build country Pavilion, based in the ‘Opportunity’ district and an accompanying business, cultural, tourism and education events programme.

Find out more on the UK at Expo 2020 Dubai website 


How to cover Expo 2020 Dubai in person at event time or report on the event remotely

 To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited.

 To kick off your journey with Expo 2020, please ensure that you:

1.         Register to access the Media Information System, Tawassul at

Tawassul is regularly updated, providing the latest content assets, including press releases, photographs, audio and video, the electronic media kit, and information on broadcast and photography operations. It also provides you with important information and updates on facilities and services such as media accreditation, visa information for international accredited media, and permits. Access to other media-related systems (Media Asset Management System and Media Bookings System), which will be launched in Q2 2021, will only be permitted to accredited media (see below). Information about these systems can be found on Tawassul.


2.         Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest.

Within this expression of interest, please appoint an Accreditation Liaison Officer (ALO) from within your organisation who will act as the single point of contact with Expo 2020 for media accreditation. Following this, approved media organisations will be provided login details and instructions for the accreditation system to enable them to submit applications.


For support, contact Expo 2020 Dubai’s Media Services team at or +971 (0)56 689 2101.