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Russia atExpo 2020Dubai

our themeCreative Mind:
Driving the Future


Taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia, serving an area with a collective population of nearly 3 billion people and a GDP of more than USD 7.4 trillion.

With an expected 25 million visitors over the 6 months of show time and over 190 participating nations, Expo 2020 will be the biggest World Expo in history.

Connecting Minds, Creating the Future

This once-in-a-lifetime celebration — the largest event ever staged in the Arab world — will showcase warm Emirati hospitality at its finest, as well as the UAE’s values of inclusion, tolerance and cooperation. Expo 2020 aspires to create a meaningful legacy that will benefit generations to come spanning everything from innovations and architecture to friendships and business opportunities.

The biggest EXPO in history


25millon visitors

438hectares area

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Our theme:

Creative Mind: Driving the Future

Russian creativity is unique.

Russia has always been an infinite source of great creative minds, inventors, artists and musicians who have been brought to this world over the course of several centuries. From the Russian writer Tolstoy, the Russian scientist Mendeleev and the artists of the Russian avant-garde art scene Kandinsky and Rodchenko right to the famous engineers Sikorsky and Korolev — they all created something that we cannot imagine our life without. And some things remain unchanged — Russian creativity keeps inspiring people around the world today.

Let’s not forget that 100 years ago Russia was considered to be a source of inspiration and everything new, exciting and progressive — Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, Sergei Eisenstein’s cinema, Stanislavski’s theatre and famous avant-garde artists Larionov and Malevich and, of course, discoveries made by Pavlov, Bekhterev and Mechnikov — this is only a small part of the endless list of remarkable achievements of the Great Russians.

That is how creativity, thinking outside-the-box, pioneering inventions and inspiring unpredictability became the main advantages of the Russians in the market of creative industries.

Nowadays, the share of creative industries in the economy of Russia’s large cities can be compared to today’s numbers in Europe’s cities. For example, 19% of the market in Moscow belongs to creative economy and though the number in Saint Petersburg is a bit lower — 12% — it still remains very impressive. Moreover, today we can find creative communities formed not only in cities but also in different regions of Russia.

Join us in the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai and you will hear stories about Russia’s scientific and cultural heritage carefully preserved over the course of the last centuries. Moreover, you will also see works of the brightest minds behind the latest cutting-edge technologies made in Russia and aimed at making our future better.

2021 was officially declared the International Year of Creative Economy by the UN! Come and you will see with your own eyes what Russia has to offer.


The Russian Pavilion will host a full programme of cultural, business and social events throughout the six month Expo. Check here for details!

October 2021 — March 2022


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Expo 2020 dates:

1 October 2021 — 31 March 2022

How to get to
Expo 2020 Site:

Expo 2020 is located at Dubai South, close to Al Maktoum International Airport (DWC).

Direct transport links with Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH) — 60 minute journey time.

Expo 2020 will be served by a new dedicated Metro station, which will service 44,000 passengers per hour.

How to find us:

Russian Pavilion is located in the Mobility Zone at Expo 2020.


The Agency for Strategic Initiatives ( is a non-commercial organization founded in 2011 by the Russian government. Chairman of the ASI Supervisory Board is the President of Russia Vladimir Putin.

The Agency supports projects aimed at systemic changes: improving the business climate and innovation, supporting education and training, healthcare and social services, regional and urban development.

ASI’s key initiatives are the National Rating of the Investment Climate in the Regions, the digital platform for working with entrepreneurs’ appeals «ZaBusiness», the 100 City Leaders program, the Innovation Openness Growth Model for Large Companies, the University 20.35 and the National Technology Initiative platform.

Media Partners

Forbes is a financial and economic magazine, one of the most authoritative and well-known economic publications in the world. It takes 1st place in terms of citation among magazines in Russia in the Medialogy rating.

Forbes is about stories of success and failure of entrepreneurs, fresh ideas for business and investment, and credible ratings.

Russian Emirates — UAE’s largest Russian Media Group.

Since 2004 Russian Emirates have evolved into a single largest source of news, lifestyle, entertainment, business, family information about UAE in Russian language.

Russian Emirates holds a portfolio of magazines, digital portals, radio, social community, privilege program and events.

Credo of Russian Emirates Media — is bringing complete, credible and timely information to Russian community in UAE in the most convenient way across all areas of life.

Kartina.TV is the largest international operator for Russian TV channels. Since 2008 it has been providing television services to the Russian-speaking audience worldwide. Now it also offers movies and TV series from popular video streaming services (START, ivi,, Megogo, Okko). The only requirement Kartina.TV customers need to watch their favorite movies, cartoons and TV shows in Russian language anywhere in the world is an Internet access. With Kartina.TV you have a huge selection of legal content and broadcast recording for 14 days at your free disposal. Besides, you can watch TV on any device — the full freedom of choice. Kartina.TV always strives to develop a top-class product that will break stereotypes and become the flagship of the Russian TV worldwide.

The “KARTINA.TV” brand has become a synonym for television in Russian language for many residents abroad. Additional projects with diversified services are currently being developed around the core product Kartina.TV. Its goal is to create an international technological environment for cultural exchange and communication between compatriots around the globe.


12 April 2021

The world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa in Dubai, joins in the celebration of the Cosmonautics day featuring the image of Yuri Gagarin!

A projection of Yuri Gagarin’s image, a soviet astronaut, who became the first human to accomplish a successful journey into outer space on April 12, 1961, was displayed on one of the most iconic symbols of Dubai to mark the occasion of the Cosmonautics day which is yearly celebrated in Russia on April 12


9 April 2021

General Commissioner Alexey Gruzdev participated in the presentation of the Russian Pavilion in Dubai!

Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and General Commissioner of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 gave a welcome speech at the official presentation of the Russian Pavilion which took place in Dubai on April 8:

“We believe that ‘Creative Mind: Driving the Future’, the theme of Russia’s participation in Expo 2020, is a reflection of the times and the world we currently live in”, stated Alexey Gruzdev. “We are working on a diverse programme of business and cultural events for Expo 2020 in Dubai, which will not only open the theme but will also give millions of visitors a chance to discover Russia’s latest achievements in manufacturing, science, technology and art”.

General Commissioner Alexey Gruzdev participated in the presentation of the Russian Pavilion in Dubai!


5 April 2021

The Organizing Committee of Expo 2020 in Dubai presents a new official video of the exhibition!


30 March 2021

Moscow’s bid to host Expo 2030 was discussed in Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia

On March 30, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation held the first meeting of the Organizing Committee responsible for Moscow’s bid to host Expo 2030 During the meeting the members of the committee discussed future plans for the bid campaign and identified the key objectives that should become a primary focus of attention for the work of the Organizing Committee, as well as considered potential themes of the exhibition that would reflect the relevant questions the World has to face today. The plans to apply for the right to host Expo 2030 in Moscow were revealed at the General Assembly of the International Exhibitions Bureau, which took place on 1 December, 2020 On 8 April, 2021, in the framework of Russia Creates 2 forum in Dubai, the Organizing Committee is going to present Moscow’s bid to host Expo 2030 to the general public and the participants of the forum.

Moscow’s bid to host Expo 2030 was discussed in Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia


19 March 2021

Global Challenges: “2020s: a decisive decade?” presented by Pavel Luksha.

Following Expo 2020 Dubai “Global Challenges” thematic week Pavel Luksha, founder of the Global Education Futures, member of supervisory board of the University 20.35 — the first Russian university of professional development in digital economy and professor at SKOLKOVO School of Management, shares a video about what our future could look like in 2020s. Pavel Luksha is a member of the BRICS Skills Development Working Group (chaired in 2015) and co-author of the Rapid Foresight methodology used by thousands of futurists and practitioners in Russia and around the world. In his presentation “2020s: A Decisive Decade?” as part of Expo 2020 Dubai “Global Challenges” week Pavel Luksha discusses the possibility of 2020’s becoming the most hopeful, yet the most catastrophic decade in history. Why?

Watch the video!


18 March 2021

Expo 2020 has reached 160 thousand volunteer applications!

The total amount of volunteer applications that have already been received by Expo 2020 exceeds the staff capacity of the global event by 5 times. However, as announced by Expo 2020 Organizing Committee, volunteer application process will remain open until the end of March 2021 30 volunteers are going to welcome guests from 180 countries and provide help to organizers of the exhibition for an overall period of six months. Individuals above 18 years old of any nationality, who are fluent in English and possess high communication skills are invited to participate in Expo 2020 volunteer programme.

Expo 2020 has reached 160 thousand volunteer applications!


17 March 2021

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade discusses the future of relations between Russia and UAE with the UAE Ambassador to Russia

Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of Russian Federation and General Commissioner of Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 met with Mohammad Ahmad Al Jaber, the UAE Ambassador to Russian Federation. During the meeting the mutual relations between the two countries were discussed as well as opportunities to strengthen and broaden an alliance between Russia and UAE, which has already brought a significant progress to all public sectors.

Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade discusses the future of relations between Russia and UAE with the UAE Ambassador to Russia


22 February 2021

Denis Manturov visited Expo 2020 in Dubai!

On February 22, Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Head of Organizing Committee of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020, together with Sergey Chemezov, Managing Director of Rostec Corporation, and Alexey Gruzdev, Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and General Commissioner of the Russian pavilion at Expo 2020, visited Dubai. They were accompanied by Araz Agalarov, CEO of Crocus Group, Sergey Gorkov, Chairman of the Russian-Emirates Business Council, and Dmitry Mikhailov, Managing Director of a non-profit organization “National Exhibition Operator”. During the visit the delegation paid special attention to the process of construction of the Russian Pavilion. Denis Manturov had a meeting with H.E. Reem Al Hashimi, Minister of International Cooperation of the UAE and Head of the Organizing Committee of Expo 2020, and was later interviewed by Nikolay Uskov, Forbes Russia. A meeting between Alexey Gruzdev and Majif Saiv Al Ghurair, Head of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was also held in the framework of the visit.

Let us show you how it went!


22 February 2021

Heads of Organizing Committees of the Russian Pavilion and Expo 2020 met in Dubai

On February 22, Dubai hosted a meeting between Denis Manturov, Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Head of the Organizing Committee of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020, and H.E. Reem Al Hashimi, Head of the Organizing Committee at Expo 2020 and Minister for International Cooperation of the UAE. During the meeting they discussed how Russia’s preparation for the exhibition was going, the cultural and business programmes of the pavilion and other issues. Most notably, H.E. Reem Al Hashimi thanked Denis Manturov for Russia’s initiative in holding a festival dedicated to women, emphasizing its importance not only for the exhibition in general, but also for her as a woman.

Heads of Organizing Committees of the Russian Pavilion and Expo 2020 met in Dubai


14 October 2020

Only one year to go until Expo 2020!

The Commissioner General of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai and Deputy Minister of Intustry and Trade of the Russian Federation Alexey Gruzdev congratulated the Expo 2020 team on embarking upon a new and important stage in preparation for World Expo.


6 November 2020

Konstantin Trofimenko joined the Urban & Rural Development week at @Expo2020Dubai!

Konstantin Trofimenko, Managing Director of Centre for Research of Urban Transport Problems and Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies at HSE University, joined the Urban & Rural Development week at @Expo2020Dubai and shared his views on one of the key themes of this week — urbanism. Virtual sessions are organized by @Expo2020Dubai team on a regular basis and bring together experts from different countries to discuss the most important and actual questions today.


28 October 2020

2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy!

2021 was declared the International Year of Creative Economy!

The UN General Assembly adopted a resolution to declare 2021 the International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development. According to the resolution, the international community should support developing countries in their effort to increase their presence in creative economy and to encourage development of creative industries. Moreover, the resolution recognizes the important role of the creative economy in boosting employment and actively supporting the start-up culture, small and medium-sized enterprises and also in fighting hunger and poverty.

With a special focus on the creative industry and projects which have been successfully implemented inside the industry by Russian companies that are willing to share their experience, a large number of events are going to be organised both online and offline by the team of the Russian Pavilion in the framework of Expo 2020 in Dubai, UAE.


28 February 2020

Skolkovo will present «success stories» at Expo 2020 in Dubai

The Skolkovo Innovation Center will demonstrate Russian technological achievements at Expo 2020.

Skolkovo will present «success stories» at Expo 2020 in Dubai

Arkady Dvorkovich, Chairman of the Skolkovo Foundation: We attend all the largest Forums in the world, so Expo 2020 in Dubai is a great chance to introduce our new projects and recent developments. We’ve got «success stories» and would like to share them with the world. I believe that the Russian Pavillion will be the most interesting and will probably be among the leaders at Expo 2020. We will present virtual and augmented reality technologies and robotic components as we usually do. We are planning to introduce new developments based on new technologies in such areas as ecology, healthcare, health food and education. We are going to talk about these innovative projects in simple words during seminars and forum discussions.


19 February 2020

Alexey Gruzdev and H.E. Reem Al-Hashimi met in Dubai

Alexey Gruzdev, Comissioner-General of the Russian Pavilion at World Expo 2020 and H.E. Reem Al-Hashimi, Managing Director for the Dubai World Expo 2020 met in Dubai.

Alexey Gruzdev and H.E. Reem Al-Hashimi met in Dubai

On February 19, 2020 Alexey Gruzdev , Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and Comissioner-General of the Russian Pavilion at Expo 2020 and H.E. Reem Al-Hashimi , UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Managing Director for the Dubai World Expo 2020 held a meeting in Dubai to discuss the preparation status of Russia for World Expo 2020 as well as the prospects for cooperation between the UAE and the Russian Federation.

Alexey Gruzdev and H.E. Reem Al-Hashimi met in Dubai


18 February 2020

The Russia Pavilion announces the first official media partner

Russian Emirates Publishing House became the first official media partner of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai.

The Russia Pavilion announces the first official media partner

On February 18, 2020 the ceremony of signing a media partnership agreement in the framework of the Russia pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai was held in the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and journalists.

Under the agreement, signed by the Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation and the General Commissioner of the Russia Pavilion at Expo 2020, Alexey Gruzdev and General Director of the Russian Emirates Publishing & Advertising Sergey Tokarev, publishing house will provide comprehensive media support to the Russia Pavilion, large-scale coverage of cultural, entertainment and business programs events, as well as develop and implement a special project on Russia’s participation at Expo 2020 in print and online media.

❝The Russian Emirates Publishing House❞ has been operating in the UAE media sphere for almost 20 years, and its media products are well-respected among our compatriots in the UAE and in business circles. We are confident in successful and fruitful cooperation with our new partner, said Alexey Gruzdev during the signing ceremony.


18 November 2019

Preparing the way for Russia’s pavilion

Preparing the way for Russia’s pavilion

Russian Minister for Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov today laid a time capsule in the foundations of the Russian Pavilion at the Expo 2020 site in Dubai — a symbolic gesture to launch Russia’s participation in next year’s Expo. Emphasising the significance of Expo for Russia, Manturov said «For us, our Pavilion is not just an exhibition space. It is actually a physical way to show the connection of the modern, dynamic Russia of today with its rich past, with its historic and spiritual heritage. Our Pavilion will be a platform for buiness discussions, for the creation of new networks and connections and for the development of new ideas and cooperation».

15 December 2019

Expo mascots unveiled!

Expo mascots unveiled!

Today the world was introduced to Latifa and her brother Rashid, their robot friends Alif, Opti and Terra, and Salama, the wise and powerful old Ghaf tree — the official mascots of Expo 2020. We look forward to Latifa and Rashid leading us on their adventures through the wonderful world of Expo, and getting to know this amazing global event through their eyes!


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