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Conclusions: Expo 2020 and its impact on Dubai

Sanjay Nadkarni (The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management, Dubai, United Arab Emirates)

Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes

ISSN: 1755-4217

Article publication date: 10 June 2019




This concluding paper aims to review the contribution made by this theme issue to the body of knowledge on Dubai as a host city for Expo 2020 and the impact of such mega events overall on the host destinations.


A content analysis of the contributing articles selected for this theme issue was undertaken.


The summary paper highlights the key takeaways relating to Expo 2020 Dubai that will help inform policy making and decision-making for stakeholders in Dubai’s economy.

Research limitations/implications

Retaining and nurturing the vibrancy of Dubai’s cosmopolitan and diverse socio-economic landscape in the run-up to and after the Expo are as much an opportunity as they are a challenge. The outcomes and recommendations emanating from the papers provide stakeholders with the tools to consider and mitigate risks.


This theme issue makes a significant scholarly contribution towards understanding the dynamics of Dubai as a destination on the verge of hosting a mega event and captures the zeitgeist of the pre-event planning and post-event strategies in “connecting minds, creating the future”, which is the theme of Expo 2020.



Nadkarni, S. (2019), "Conclusions: Expo 2020 and its impact on Dubai", Worldwide Hospitality and Tourism Themes, Vol. 11 No. 3, pp. 341-345.



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