Expo 2020 Dubai plates up gastronomical journeys with bespoke F&B concepts at Thematic Pavilions

  • Expo’s three Thematic Pavilions will be home to custom-made eateries and cafes
  • Food will connect people through homegrown brands and international flavours
  • Outlets will deep-dive into sustainable cuisine and showcase Emirati hospitality

From culture-packed cafes to grab-and-go dining and plant-powered cuisine, the eateries at Expo 2020 Dubai’s three signature pavilions, Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, will give visitors a delicious taste of its subthemes.

Terra – The Sustainability Pavilion, is home a number of plant-based eateries, such as Floozie Cookie, serving up 100 per cent vegan cookies, baked on-site daily and bursting with a variety of plant-powered sauces, such as date caramel, speculoos cream, and dark chocolate ganache.

At Terra, diners will also find Veg’d, an all-day vegan restaurant by celebrity plant-based chef Matthew Kenney. With a vision to create beautiful, sustainable and nutritious plant-based dishes, Kenney employs innovative techniques and creative thinking to prepare minimally processed meals that are vibrant and wholesome.

XYST, on Terra’s first floor, brings Kenney’s plant-based approach to Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine, using artistic licence to create vibrant, playful adaptations of traditional cultural dishes, while Mudrá is a beautiful rooftop bar featuring DJs, an exciting cocktail menu and plant-based cuisine, with amazing views over the Expo site. 

Meanwhile, in Mission Possible – The Opportunity Pavilion, the focus is on taste education and interaction between food producers. In line with the subtheme of Opportunity’s message to unlock the potential within individuals and communities, Canvas by Coffee Culture, co-founded by Stephan Bhoyroo and Abdulla Ibrahim Suhail, is an Emirati coffee roastery designed to welcome Dubai’s ever-evolving creative community who seek a space in which to work, meet, design and create. The bespoke coffee/co-working space is filled with a culture programme to enrich the experience of community members, in minimalist industrial surroundings. 

In Alif – The Mobility Pavilion, Alif Cafe by farm2table, brought to Expo by Abu Dhabi-based chef Jessica Queitsch, is a casual sit-down eatery that also offers a grab-and-go service. An ode to movement and connection, its gastronomical options shine a light on the heritage of key ingredients, such as coffee, rice, pasta and spices, showing how they have travelled throughout the silk route, influencing cuisine worldwide. 

Food is one of the best ways to discover a different culture, and with a smorgasbord of 200-plus outlets, Expo 2020 is inviting visitors from across the globe to broaden their horizons and join the making of a new world as they explore an array of cultural and artistic attractions.

About Expo 2020 Dubai:

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will welcome visitors from every corner of the globe to join the making of a new world, as it brings together the planet in one place to reimagine tomorrow.

  • With the purpose of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, Expo 2020 will be the world’s most impactful global incubator for new ideas, catalysing an exchange of new perspectives and inspiring action to deliver real-life solutions to real-world challenges
  • Expo 2020 will be the biggest cultural gathering in the world, presenting a visually striking and emotionally inspiring 182 days, as more than 200 participants – including nations, multilateral organisations, businesses, and educational institutions, as well as millions of visitors – create the largest and most diverse World Expo ever
  • Expo 2020’s subthemes of OpportunityMobility and Sustainability will inspire visitors to preserve and protect our planet, explore new frontiers and build a better future for everyone
  • For six months, Expo 2020 will be a must-visit family destination, with thousands of events, amazing exploratory experiences, and free entry for children up to age 18
  • Expo is committed to building a more equitable and just world for everyone, while keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance of the world’s leading medical, science and health experts
  • Expo 2020 is the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region, located on a 4.38 sqkm site adjacent to Al Maktoum International Airport in Dubai South 
  • Built with a meaningful and measurable long-term legacy in mind, the Expo site will transform into District 2020 – a model global community that will rethink the cities of the future – after Expo 2020 closes its doors

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 our 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, 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.

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.