Expo 2020 Dubai’s nickname – the world’s biggest fair – isn’t just for show. The gigantic 438 hectare space, housing more than 192 pavilions, is full of activities for all ages. For athletic football fans, for example, there are Man City coaches waiting to improve their game. And for those with cricket in mind, Indian players from the Rajasthan Royals are present. Whether you’re looking for fun education or something cool for your Instagram feed, Expo 2020 has you covered. The list goes on, the time is short – so here’s a roundup of things to do this weekend at the show.
Meet the Royals of Rajasthan
If you want to learn more about the Rajasthan Royals Cricket Team or get an autograph from your favorite player, head to the Sport, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub and Garden on 1: Sports Lounge on October 8th. Captain Sanju Samson, South African international Chris Morris, opener Yashasvi Jaiswal and star Riyan Parag will all be in attendance. Where: Various locations | When: 45-minute masterclass of AT Rajamani, the strength and conditioning trainer of the Rajasthan Royals: 4pm; Meet John Gloster, the team’s head physiotherapist, who will be giving his 45-minute masterclass “Injury Prevention and Optimization of Recovery” at 5 pm at the Garden on 1: Sports Lounge. Zubin Bharucha, Director of Strategy, Player Development and Performance, will host his 45-minute “Battling Masterclass & Mastering Spin” session at the Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Hub at 5 pm. “Royals Meet and Greet for Fans” takes place at 6 p.m. at the Sports, Fitness and Wellness Hub. Kumar Sangakkara, now Director of Cricket, Rajasthan Royals, will host a “Leadership and Management Lessons Through Leading a Sports Franchise” masterclass at Garden on 1: Sports Lounge for 45 minutes starting at 7pm.
Al Qatt Al Asiri
Want to learn an ancient art? Visit the Saudi Arabia pavilion to learn all about the art of pattern painting. The educational, interactive and demonstrative workshop will show exactly why this colorful practice has been inscribed on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Where: Saudi Pavilion | When: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Notre-Dame de Paris, the Experience
No need to go to France to see this masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Instead, when you visit the France Pavilion, you can see it in all its glory through a virtual immersion experience that uses augmented reality technology. Where: France Pavilion | When: 10 am-10pm
Theater and street arts
There is magic in movement, especially when skilled professionals are involved. Portuguese theater and street arts groups – which are on a two-week rotation – bring their stellar routines to the United Arab Emirates. Where: Pavilion of Portugal | When: 12 p.m.-12.30 p.m. / 3.30 p.m.-3.30 p.m.
Man City Turn around and play
Are you a football fan? Then it’s time to step onto the pitch and get expert coaching from Man City coaches. Whether you are a forward, defender or striker, this is where you learn how to really score a good game. Where: Manchester City Aussie Park | When: 12 p.m.-6 p.m.
Sessions of the Interactive Cultural Laboratory
Achtung! Calling all children – there are interactive sessions, dance lessons and quizzes at the Germany pavilion. Or, if you prefer, you can duel your friend up on Nintendo Switch. It’s time to play. Where: Campus Germany | When: 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Every day, the “Colors of the World” parade features a fusion of artists from all walks of life – it’s a dynamic mix of musicians and performers that will have you cheering, clapping and taking lots of pictures. Where: Avenue Ghaf | When: 12:45 p.m. to 1 p.m.
This show, commissioned by Saudi Arabia, mixes music, puppets and digital elements to create a culturally rich and entertaining experience. Where: Scene from the Earth | When: 5 p.m. to 5.30 p.m. / 6.30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Stop to snap a photo of the large-scale puppet that symbolizes a shared investment in the lasting conversation of nature and our planet. The keeper acts as the voice for all the animals as he moves gracefully through the site. Where: Avenue Ghaf | When: 5 pm-10.45pm
Dance to the rhythm of the night at Expo Beats, the music festival that brings together artists from around the world. This weekend, the show’s theme is World Beats. Where: Jubilee Scene | When: from 4 p.m.
South Africa Film Week
Discover award-winning productions from South Africa when you visit this pavilion. Where: South Africa Pavilion | When: 6 pm-8pm.
Mr Scrap returns
See Expo mascots Rashid and Latifa face off against arch-nemesis Mr. Scrap with the fate of the planet at stake. Where: Al Wasl Stage | When: 18:37-18:57
Saudi folk show
Teach your children about Saudi Arabia by making them discover its folklore. The Saudi Signature Performance Group will present a vibrant dance representing various Saudi regions and folklores. They will be accompanied by traditional music, song and song. Where: Flag of Saudi Arabia | When: 7-10: 10 p.m. / 7:40 p.m.-7: 50 p.m. / 9-10: 10 p.m.
Gastronomic music at night
Experience a cooking show with a tasty difference on October 8; there is a musical performance and a tasting of food to taste. Where: Moroccan Pavilion | When: 7 pm-9pm
Pakistan – The land of melodies
Singers from six different regions of Pakistan come together for an unmissable musical performance. The traditional instruments superimpose the window of the singers. Where: Scene from the Earth | Where: 8:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
“Ousha and the moon”
When she was 12 years old, Ousha dreamed of the moon – it would be a moment of transformation for the young girl who would become a legend. Paying homage to the Emirati poet Ousha bint Khalifa Al Suwaidi, this is an immersive experience that will plunge you into a fantastic dream. Who knows? You might find your muse here too. | When: 6:50 p.m.
Soon after, the heart of the Expo will vibrate with a brilliant oceanic fantasy coming to life, with spectacular live performances and immersive screenings. Where: Al Wasl Plaza | When: 8:30 p.m.