Expo 2020’s Beneath the Blue visitor journey plunges into oceans to showcase mesmerising marine life and how we can help preserve it

  • Immersive tour examines how technology can be used to save endangered species
  • One in series of themed tours, journey shows how human impact pollutes oceans 
  • Experience features pavilions and art showcasing future of marine conservation

Dubai: With the future of our oceans at the forefront of concern around the environmental damage our world is currently facing, Expo 2020 Dubai’s Beneath the Blue journey illustrates new approaches that put innovation at the heart of marine conservation. 

The journey is part of a series of themed, self-guided tours, created by Expo 2020 Dubai available via www.expo2020dubai.com and the Expo 2020 app, to help visitors navigate the vast array of attractions throughout the six months of the event.

As rising temperatures and growing populations put increasing pressure on the world’s oceans, Beneath the Blue addresses environmental challenges such as plastic pollution and biodiversity, asking how we can work together to better manage climate change, with the overall objective to catalyse change.

Stops on the journey include:

Philippines Pavilion: Designed to resemble a coral reef, the Philippines Pavilion explores how this country of more than 7,000 islands is working to protect our oceans.  

Seychelles Pavilion: Showcasing how this island nation is taking action to preserve marine ecosystems, the pavilion presents a multi-sensory experience that talks to the county’s present and future as a leader in the blue economy agenda. Here visitors can discover some of the endangered species that visit the island’s waters including the Southern blue whale and the sperm whale.

The Monaco Pavilion: The Monaco Pavilion reveals how the principality is using cutting-edge research to protect endangered marine life around the world with sections of its pavilion dedicated to 3D printed tropical corals and robotic penguins, with interactive games and a baby penguin zone aimed at younger visitors.

Norway Pavilion: Under the theme ‘Pioneering Sustainable Ocean Solutions’, the Norway Pavilion showcases the country’s seafaring heritage and illustrates how new technology is tackling ocean waste, making fisheries more sustainable and protecting polar ecosystems. 

Hammour House: A unique art installation and community project, Hammour House raises awareness about endangered coral ecosystems by creating a ‘reef’ from recycled and sustainable materials. 

A series of complimentary, self-guided, themed journeys, spanning space, architecture, family activities and more, will be available via www.expo2020dubai.com and the Expo 2020 app, enabling visitors delve into fascinating Expo experiences tailored to their interests.

From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 will bring together more than 200 participants, including 191 countries, plus millions of visitors to collaborate on ways to protect the planet for our communities and future generations, inviting them to join the making of a new world.

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.