How EXPO 2020 Affects Retail in UAE

June 19, 2021


The COVID-19 pandemic prevented a large chunk of the population from going outside, thus stopping many projects and affecting several industries across the globe. However, the pandemic was not able to stop the construction work on Dubai’s megaproject that is expected to house Expo 2020 and more than 25 million visits during its six-month run.

Analysts say that EXPO 2020 will provide an opportunity for Dubai’s and UAE’s economic recovery. The project also aims to enhance Dubai’s image as a financial and technological hub and eliminate the idea that Dubai and the UAE only specialize in oil trade. It is also a chance for the 190 participating countries to showcase what they have been developing over the years. Aside from creating new business opportunities, it will also serve as an invitation for locals and tourists who are looking for other things to do in Dubai during their stay.

As vaccines became more accessible to the people and with some travel restrictions lifted, people are slowly becoming more confident about going out and shopping in Dubai. These recent developments are giving the organizers of the Expo more hope that people will attend the six-month long event and make it a success despite the delays and other inconveniences.

Aside from visiting the Expo, it is also a perfect opportunity to go sightseeing or explore the city. When you get tired or staying outdoors, you may visit some of the malls in Jumeirah to look for restaurants or cafes where you can relax while enjoying a delightful meal. Once you’re recharged, you can just walk around and locate the shop of your favorite brands before retiring for the day.

If you are not familiar with the area, you may ask the locals or your driver about where to shop in Dubai and they will point you to the closest mall or shopping centre in the area. You may also visit Mercato Mall and gain a sense of familiarity when you find the shops of your favorite brands. For more information, you may visit Mercato Mall’s website to access their list of cafes, restaurants, shops, and services, as well as check their store hours if you need to make other plans for the day.