Expo 2020 – Business and Entrepreneurship Events


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Expo 2020 is finally set to arrive on our shores in October of this year – bringing an estimated 25 million visitors across its six-month duration.

As well as a showcase of the very best people, businesses, and initiatives across mobility, sustainability, innovation and more, Expo 2020 is essentially a shop window for the region’s businesses.

With some of the world’s brightest minds from over 190 countries heading to the event, there is no better opportunity to promote your offering to a vast global audience. It is your unique opportunity to attract investment, forge partnerships, and make sales.

There is a full calendar of business events taking place throughout Expo 2020, from cultural forums to investment seminars and more. Here is a rundown of some of the best.

What entrepreneurship events will be held at the Expo2020?

Expo 2020’s business event calendar kicks off with “Together for Sustainable Development: nature, people & tomorrow”. Headed by Vice-President of Brazil, HE Hamilton Mourão, the panel will discuss Brazil’s contribution to sustainable development. The event is sure to be of huge value to any entrepreneur with an interest in green technology initiatives.

October also sees the EU-GCC Business Forum which will explore current opportunities for the EU and GCC governments and private sector businesses. Specifically, it will look at the potential opportunities within the post-COVID economic recovery.

From November onwards, Expo 2020 will host a monthly B2B networking event. It’s your chance to meet business contacts face-to-face to build relationships, generate leads and discover a wealth of business opportunities through Expo 2020 Dubai.

Between November 7-11, the Business Matchmaking Forum: Colombia in Dubai, opens its doors. It’s an incredible opportunity to make connections in this vast and emerging market. The Latvia Business Forum, on November 27, is a great networking opportunity too, and will be attended by the country’s president, as well as numerous other senior officials and industry leaders.

Highlights of the 2021 business event calendar include the African CEO Roundtable, a two-day event showcasing potential areas of investment in Africa.  The Russian Arab Business Forum is also not to be missed. The event will explore the dynamic markets of today, along with the challenges and solutions to various business questions.

What is the benefit of attending these events?

The benefits of attending any of Expo 2020’s events, keynote speeches, and panel discussions cannot be overstated. There are few, if any, better opportunities to learn from the best and brightest minds across a broad spectrum of industries and disciplines.

Expo 2020’s networking events are designed to foster collaboration, presenting the region’s entrepreneurs with a unique opportunity to build a global contact book – replete with potential customers, suppliers, investors and many more.

As well as a varied calendar of events, Expo 2020 is also operating a business networking app. Sign up and you can search for new contacts based on industry, expertise, and more – plus access the full profiles and contact details of attendees once a connection has been established.

Mark your mark at Expo 2020 – start a UAE business today

 With 25 million visitors in the emirate across the duration of Expo 2020, there has never been a better time to promote your business ideas to a worldwide audience. And when you start your business with Set Hub, you can be up and running in time to participate in this incredible event.

Our expert team will guide you through the following four steps.

Step 1:
First, we will help you decide on your company name. Be aware that you must abide by a strict set of naming conventions. We can run you through the requirements before registering your company name on your behalf.

Step 2:
The next step is to confirm your business activities. Here, you’ll need to outline all services that you intend to offer. You can only carry out activities that are listed on your license.

Step 3:
You can now apply for your trade license. There are a couple of ways of doing this, depending on your requirements. You can opt to open in a free zone or in the UAE mainland.

Establishing a business in a free zone is often the most cost-effective approach. This way, you can benefit from the UAE’s 0% tax rate, as well as zero currency restrictions, profit and capital repatriation, and 100% customs tax exemption.

Whichever option you choose, you will need to supply the following documentation:

  • A completed application form
  • Articles of incorporation (if necessary)
  • Passport copies for all shareholders
  • Brief descriptions of intended business activities.


Step 4:
If you wish to live and work in the UAE, you’ll need a residency visa – and Set Hub can assist with this process too. We can also help you apply for visas for your company employees, dependants, and domestic staff such as housekeepers or drivers.

Start your business in before Expo 2020 — with Set Hub

If you’re armed with the right knowledge, starting a business in Dubai, UAE, doesn’t have to be overly complicated.

That being said, it does require a level of prior knowledge of the process. What’s more, it is important to note that the application process is only straightforward if your license application is complete at the time of submission and free from errors.

To help you ensure that this is the case, it’s a good idea to work with a company formation specialist such as Set Hub when establishing a new company in the UAE.

We are a team of company registration professionals who are passionate about bringing the dreams of aspiring entrepreneurs and SMEs to life.

As well as handling your license application, Set Hub can also assist with the opening of corporate bank accounts and advise on the most appropriate financial institution to suit your specific needs.

We also offer visa and immigration services and can handle all government formalities, permissions, work permits, and visa applications required to trade in the UAE.

In short, our experts can establish your company on your behalf, make your license and visa applications, and take care of all the necessary admin – leaving you free to get on with running your business.