UK to explore the future of healthcare at Expo 2020 Dubai

26 August 2021:

How can healthcare and life sciences continue to improve people’s lives? This question and more will be the focus during a week-long programme on the UK Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai between 26 and 30 January 2022.

In the Future, How will we Thrive?’ will see the UK’s leading health experts come together at a hybrid event combining in-person and virtual speakers to explore how healthcare and the life sciences will innovate and improve people’s lives. Alongside the socially distanced audience in attendance, the sessions will also be accessible virtually so people across the world can take part.

The programme will showcase how some of the game-changing leaps the UK has taken – from 3D printing of living human cells and tissue, to DNA editing – can help people live longer and healthier lives. It will examine what the healthcare challenges are across the world and how they can be overcome through new ideas, techniques and technologies. Emerging and exciting innovations such as nanotechnologies will also be discussed and how they could revolutionise medicine, diagnosis and recovery and lead to greater interest in studying new technologies here in the UK.

Key speakers during the five-day event include Paul Farmer CBE, Chief Executive Officer of Mind, who will be chairing a summit which will ask how creating a society based around happiness will reduce the burden on future healthcare systems. He’ll be joined by a group of panellists which will include Prof Ann John, Professor of Medicine at Swansea University and will set the scene perfectly for Expo 2020 Dubai’s Health & Wellness Week, starting on 2nd February. Kerstyn Comley and Suzi Godson, Co-Founders of Expo Live grant winning mental health app MeeToo, will also be running student workshops during the programme.

What the patient journey of the future will look and feel like will form part of another summit, covering ideas such as centralised digital centres and how robotic process automation can allow health professionals to focus on providing care, rather than documenting it. This session will include expert input from Professor George Crooks OBE MBChB FRCP FRCGP, Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Health and Care Innovation Centre.

Sessions held on the UK Pavilion and supporting podcasts will tackle a wealth of subjects, including the future of operating theatres, well-being and inclusivity in schools and society and how long we could live for. These discussions will include input from:

  • Mike Adams OBE, CEO, Purple

  • Dr Karthikeyan Kandan, Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering, DMU

  • Prof Jim McLaughlin OBE, Director of the Centre for Digital Healthcare Technology, Ulster University 

Harjinder Kang, Director of Healthcare, Life Sciences and Chemicals Directorate at Department for International Trade, says: The UK has long led the way in healthcare. From 3D printed models allowing surgeons to practice particularly complex procedures to pre-programmed drones collecting blood samples from residents of rural villages, innovation remains at the forefront of the NHS. I’m looking forward to hearing the latest innovative ideas discussed during the programme in January.

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.