Welcoming everyone in the ‘hayyakum’ spirit

What does it mean to host a World Expo?

It means bringing together millions of people from every corner of the planet to share ideas, drive progress and have fun.

It means creating a jam-packed programme of events, with mind-blowing performances from world-famous artists, taste bud-tickling cuisine from Michelin star chefs, horizon-expanding talks from pioneering thinkers, and everything in between.

Most importantly, it means delivering an unforgettable visitor experience for everyone, regardless of age, background or ability.

In the spirit of ‘hayyakum’ – a traditional Emirati greeting used to welcome guests – Expo 2020 Dubai aims to host the most inclusive World Expo in history. Our accessible site will cater to all needs, with a variety of features that have been ‘designed in’ to empower visitors in line with our theme of ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’ and our key subtheme of Opportunity.

Based on the principles of equity, dignity, functionality and independence, the Expo 2020 team has considered all visitor segments and requirements to create a comprehensive selection of accessibility solutions, which are being deployed across the site and its supporting infrastructure.

From mobility services such as wheelchairs and charging stations, strollers and electric vehicles travelling to and from designated parking zones, to audio-description guides and audio induction loops for people with visual or hearing impairments, Expo 2020 has the amenities needed to support every single visitor journey.

In collaboration with the Dubai Autism Center, Expo has also created four quiet rooms – spread across its site – to provide ‘decompression areas’ for visitors who are prone to experiencing sensory overload or hypersensitivity.

With accessibility and inclusivity at its core, Expo 2020 is working with its partners and participants to deliver a hassle-free visitor experience for people of determination, senior citizens, guests with temporary injuries or medical conditions, individuals of tall or short stature, pregnant women, families with small children, school groups, and every other segment of society.

Put simply, if you are ready to take part in a global celebration of human ingenuity and progress, we are ready to say ‘hayyakum’ to you. Whoever you are, wherever you’re from and whatever your requirements, Expo 2020 can provide tools that will help you to shape a brighter tomorrow.

By welcoming the world to our accessible and inclusive site, we hope to help raise the benchmark for accessibility and inclusivity in our region and beyond, creating a lasting impact for generations to come.

At Expo 2020, we are committed to saying ‘hayyakum’ to the world, because every single one of us has an important role to play in ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.

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