Visiting Expo 2020 Dubai this weekend is a cinch, with adventure, crafts, shows and free food for the little ones

The list of outlets includes Veg’d, Farrago Express, XSYT and Mudra in the Sustainability Pavilion; Alif Café by farm2table and Farrago in the Mobility Pavilion; Gastro Roots of Hungary in the Hungarian pavilion; Canvas of Coffee Culture in the Opportunity pavilion; and Garden on 1 – Sports Bar, Kojaki, Baron, The National, Scarpetta, Adrift Burger Bar, Kutir, Long Chim, Bread Ahead Bakery & School, Café Milano, Alkebulan the African Dining Hall and Rising Flavors.

Sprout is also offering a combined Golden Jubilee meal for parents and children to celebrate the UAE’s 50th anniversary.e anniversary, including a main course, side dish and fruit ice cream, all for 50 AED, available anytime. And if you’re at Expo 2020 on Friday, November 26, stop by the Arabian Tea House restaurant from 1000 GST to meet its colorful mascot, Umm Maryam, or head to the Grenada pavilion on Friday, 1700. to 1900 GST for a hot chocolate tasting with one of the best producers in the country.

Arts, culture and science

Arts and crafts showings abound at the Expo this weekend. Discover Hammour House, the experiential art installation and community project to raise awareness of endangered coral ecosystems, with its tapestry made by students representing marine life. Doors open from 1000 to 1800 GST on Saturdays for a week-long drop-in knitting class, with artists teaching techniques for knitting your own sea creatures.

Or head to the Saudi Arabia Pavilion for its “Al Qatt Al Asiri & Tiles Painting” classes on Friday or Saturday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm GST. Described as a family-friendly, educational, interactive and demonstrative workshop, the colors and patterns represent much more than the creations themselves, with this ancient art form listed on the UNESCO list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity .

Visit the Chinese pavilion to meet Youyou, the panda robot, who can perform tai chi movements, hold a pen, and act as a general guide. If you are outside the pavilion in the evening at 2000 or 2100 GST, you can witness the light and drone show, with the exterior and its LEDs providing a fantastic display.

To find out what other country pavilions have to offer children, download one of the Expo’s interactive tours. The Press Play visitor route is ideally suited for curious young minds, including animals from Tonga, video games from Belarus and Monaco, traditional games from Ethiopia and innovative playground from Bulgaria – which converts the children’s kinetic game in light. It also includes other kid-focused attractions, such as Rashid’s Playground.

Live shows

There are a lot of stages around the Expo site, offering live music and dance performances, but something very geared towards babies, toddlers, older children and families is Kinder Musik on the Earth Stage, which takes place Friday and Saturday starting at 2:10 pm Instructors use the piano and percussion to entertain toddlers and take them on a journey of musical development.

So who could visit the Expo and miss a show at Al Wasl Dome – the world’s largest 360-degree projection surface? Children will appreciate for sure Become a Guardian of Al Wasl, airs Friday at 1805 GST and Saturday at 2045 GST, featuring Expo mascots Rashid and Latifa.

Children’s winter camp

Want your kids to see jugglers, waders and magicians, have their faces painted or make a canvas themselves? Then Expo 2020 Kids Winter Camp from December 15 is for you. Other activities include sand art, picture frame design, painting, and paper flower crafts.

A range of tickets for Expo 2020 Dubai are on sale now at, and entry for those under 18 is free.


© Press release 2021

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