Educating a changed world: Expo 2020 and Dubai Cares drive action to boost knowledge and learning to create a better future for all

  • Expo and UAE philanthropic group to host virtual Knowledge and Learning Week 
  • HE Reem Al Hashimy and Dubai Cares CEO HE Dr Tariq Al Gurg will offer keynotes
  • Topics include digitalising education, last mile learning, and upskilling Arab youth

Recognising the critical role of knowledge across countries, cultures, generations and social contexts, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Knowledge and Learning Week will explore the future of education and how its reform is vital to reflect a changed world, and to benefit our children, the economy, and society as a whole.

Held virtually on 15-16 December 2020, the event, open to the public, will be delivered in collaboration with UAE-based global philanthropic organisation Dubai Cares, with keynote remarks offered by Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, Director General of Expo 2020 Dubai Bureau and UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation; His Excellency Hussain bin Ibrahim Al Hammadi, UAE Minister of Education; and His Excellency Dr Tariq Al Gurg, Chief Executive Officer of Dubai Cares and Member of its Board.

It will analyse how knowledge can propel a global community to innovate for a better future for all, helping us push further than we ever have before in the realms of science, medicine, sustainability, technology and more. 

Topics will include digitalising education, upskilling Arab youth and last mile learning as the world looks to rebuild in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions will also cover intangible and tangible heritage, creative industries and knowledge economies, and tourism as a catalyst for community knowledge exchange.

Various Expo 2020 International Participants, grantees from Expo 2020’s global innovation and partnership programme Expo Live, and projects supported under Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice Programme – a platform that highlights projects from around the world that have provided impactful and sustainable interventions, with a view to expanding them elsewhere – will feature across the two-day event.

These include Expo Live grantee Seenaryo, a Lebanon-based arts and education organisation whose ‘Kindergarten Playkit’, a mobile app offered in Arabic, French and English, is transforming the teaching of refugee children, and The Citizens Foundation, a Global Best Practice Project that hires only female teachers and principals to deliver quality education in Pakistan’s most neglected rural and slum communities.

Dubai Cares will also host RewirEdX, an international conference on education, over the two days, bringing education leaders and practitioners from around the world together to engage in meaningful action-oriented dialogue to rethink and reimagine attitudes towards education.

Running alongside Knowledge and Learning Week, this virtual event will serve as a one-year countdown to the RewirEd Summit that will take place in collaboration with Expo 2020 Dubai during Expo’s Knowledge and Learning Week in 2021.

World Expos are platforms for innovation, collaboration and inspiration, and Knowledge and Learning Week – one of 11 themed weeks that take place during Expo 2020 – will explore how best to provide youth and the education community with a toolkit fit for the 21st century.

Expo 2020 Dubai – the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region – will run from 1 October 2021 until 31 March 2022.

About Expo 2020 Dubai :

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will bring the world together in a spirit of hope and optimism and with a shared purpose towards solving some of our greatest challenges.

  • It will showcase the greatest innovations, breakthroughs and ideas from around the planet, enabling action towards a better world under its theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ 
  • Expo 2020 will be an endless journey of discovery as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – harness their collective power to change the world for the better
  • Expo 2020’s sub-themes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to make a conscious effort to think and live differently
  • An entertaining global celebration with something for everyone, Expo 2020 will wow visitors with daily events, showcasing the best of technology, creativity and culture, while F&B outlets will feature cuisine from around the world
  • The first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA), located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South 
  • Built with a long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site is an example of innovation in action and will transform into District 2020, a blueprint for human-centric, smart and sustainable cities of the future, after Expo 2020 closes its doors

Media Accreditation and Media Information System, Tawassul

Expressions of interest for Expo 2020 Media Accreditation are open via the Media Information System, Tawassul. 

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, relevant visa information for international accredited media and permits. 

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

1. Register to access Tawassul at

2. Once registered, submit an Expo 2020 Media Accreditation expression of interest. To attend Expo 2020 or cover Expo 2020 remotely using content and assets generated by Expo, you must be accredited. 

About World Expos:

In 1851 the Crystal Palace was the centrepiece of London’s Great Exhibition – the first World Expo. It celebrated the man-made industrial wonders of a rapidly changing world. Architecture, contents and a theme, ‘Industry of All Nations’, were combined to create a big idea of nations meeting nations in shared technological and commercial progress. In more recent years, participants in World Expos, including governments, international organisations and companies, have gathered to find solutions to universal challenges and to promote their achievements, products, ideas, innovations, their national brand, and their nations as destinations for tourism, trade and investment. 

World Expos are held under the auspices of the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), the intergovernmental organisation responsible for overseeing and regulating international exhibitions (‘Expos’) and for fostering their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation. Today, four types of Expos are organised under the BIE’s auspices: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano.