How much does a family outing cost?
The doors are now open for what promises to be the greatest show on Earth – but how much does it cost for a family day out at Expo 2020 Dubai?
Depending on how much families want to spend, a trip to the Expo can be done on a low budget, or for a special day, visitors can spend a little more to make the most of their experience.
At the very least, a typical family of four can expect to pay Dh400 ($ 109) for a day. This includes site travel, entrance tickets, food, drinks, and souvenirs.
This is how we do it.
Now is the time to grab the best deals, with anyone visiting in October promised unlimited access for the entire month for the price of a standard day ticket, which is Dh95.
Expo offers great deals for families who want to visit the site together.
Accompanied children and young people under 18 and anyone over 60 can visit for free, but a one-season family pass with unlimited entries valid until March 31 costs Dh 950.
This includes a free access pass for a nanny and discounts on food and drink at select outlets.
A nanny visiting with a family on the ticket must show proof of her activity on the residence page of her passport.
Tickets for children under 6 will be issued upon arrival.
A six-month season pass costs Dh495 for an adult, while a 30-day multi-visit pass costs Dh195.
Families looking to spend 10,000 Dh on a Jubilee Experience ticket that includes two Expo commemorative 24k gold pins, two Expo passports in which to collect pavilion stamps, fast track entry, VIP parking and exclusive access to the luxurious Jubilee Emaar Salon.
How to access the site
The Dubai Metro is the most economical form of transport, with children traveling for free, while a silver single-zone Christmas card costs Dh3.
For those who travel further afield, two zones cost 5 Dh and several zones cost 7.50 Dh one way.
Dubai is divided into seven travel zones, each with metro stations, bus stops, and tram stations. Tickets are valid for all Roads and Transport Authority services, with passengers billed according to the number of zones crossed.
On weekdays, trains run from 5.15 a.m. and from 8 a.m. on Fridays.
On-demand taxis are automatically dispatched to pick up site visitors using the Careem ride haling app.
The cost of a ride from Dubai Marina or downtown to the exhibition is around 50 Dh.
How much does food and drink cost at Expo 2020 Dubai?
Food and beverage outlets are located on the Expo site. As you would expect from a world fair, the culinary choice is diverse, with over 200 outlets, and at prices to suit all budgets.
High-end burgers from Michelin-rated “Gypsy Chef” David Myers and Matthew Kenney’s plant-based dishes are among the more expensive options.
But familiar Dubai favorites like Pakistani street eatery Ravi and Filipino hot spot Dampa Seafood Grill will offer cheaper alternatives.
Most of the country lodges have an on-site dining room where a hearty meal can be served for around Dh80 for each person.
There are two food courts, with healthy vegetarian options at Grains and Greens, alongside Costa Coffee, Deli-2-Go and Farrago, a mid-budget Italian-inspired restaurant with lunch menus starting at 130 Dh.
The restaurant has special guest chefs lined up to create themed menus to coincide with National Days throughout the six-month exhibition.
For more upscale meals, head to the Italy Pavilion to try Spazio from European Chef of the Year in 2020, Niko Romito, where a four-course menu is priced at Dh400 or Dh500 for six courses.
Dishes include lobster linguini, roasted monkfish and veal tenderloin.
Food and drinks purchased off-site can be brought to Expo 2020, and for those on a tight budget, there are several Zoom outlets selling the usual supermarket.
Souvenirs from Expo 2020 Dubai
No trip to the Expo is complete without a visit to the gift shop to take home a souvenir.
The options are vast, with the plush toys of the Expo Opti mascots, the keeper of the opportunities pavilion, and Alif, of the mobility pavilion, sold for 69 Dh.
Also on sale are Expo brand notebooks for Dh49, beach towels for Dh119, T-shirts from Dh89 and commemorative mugs at Dh55.
Visitors can even take home a range of Expo-inspired camel products, including chocolates and soaps for DH 129.
Update: October 3, 2021, 3:00 a.m.