Expo 2020 Dubai

October 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022
US Pavilion
United Arab Emirates

WorldChicago, in partnership with Global Ties U.S., U.S. Department of State and U.S. Pavilion management, Thinkwell Group, on the U.S. Pavilion at Expo 2020 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE). As one of more than 90 nationwide Global Ties Network, we are working to identify Youth Ambassadors and Cultural Performers to represent the Chicago, and the United States, on a global stage, creating a memorable and substantive experience for all Expo visitors.

Youth Ambassadors

Global Ties U.S. is accepting applications for Youth Ambassadors (U.S. citizens ages 18-29) to serve as guides and cultural ambassadors at the U.S. Pavilion. These energetic, friendly individuals will serve as the Faces of the United States to millions of Expo visitors, providing a human connection to the United States and its territories and reflecting its geographic and cultural diversity.

Youth Ambassadors can expect to have daily encounters with international visitors who may speak one or several languages. The ideal Youth Ambassador is multilingual in English and one of the following languages: Arabic, Mandarin, Farsi, Hindi, Russian, and Urdu. Additional language skills in Bengali, French, or Spanish may also be useful. While an asset, language abilities are not an application requirement for Youth Ambassadors. All applications will be reviewed, regardless of language skills.

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions.

Cultural Performers

Global Ties U.S. is seeking Cultural Performers to perform at the U.S. Pavilion. Cultural Performers – including representatives from dance, music, theater, literature, art, food, sports, spoken word, and more – will be selected from across the United States and its territories to represent their region as ambassadors of U.S. culture. Through their service, these performers will provide a program at the U.S. Pavilion that embodies the geographic and cultural richness of the United States and its territories, tell the story of the United States, and engage Expo visitors through scheduled and informal engagements. Performances will vary in size from speakers and solo artists to larger groups of up to 30 performers.

Global Ties U.S. will select approximately 390 Cultural Performers and 84 total acts to perform at Expo 2020. Each act is expected to participate in a minimum of four performance engagements and will be in Dubai for five to seven days.

Cultural Performers will be selected across a variety of specialties to reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. and its culture. Performers are expected to be in Dubai for almost one week and are required to participate in a minimum of 4 performances. International travel, lodging and a per diem will be provided for all performers at the U.S. Pavilion.

Here is all you need to know:

Who: Grassroots and semi-professional talent; Group sizes range from solo act/speaker to larger group; performances can include dance, children’s entertainment, cinema, conferences, comedy, culinary, festival, music, opera, poetry, health and fitness, sports participation, speakers, and theatre that demonstrate a clear connection to U.S. culture

What: Expo 2020 Dubai, a six-month celebration of creativity, innovation, humanity and world cultures

Where: Dubai, United Arab Emirates

When: October 1, 2021 – March 3, 2022

Why: To represent the United States in the Expo and connect with other Cultural Performers from 192 countries also hosting a pavilion.

If you are interested in being considered for this opportunity or have any further questions, please email WorldChicago Program Manager Caheri Aguilar at ivlp@worldchicago.org.

Completed nominations will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World’s Fair to take place in the Middle East. Through the 192 countries hosting pavilions, Expo 2020 Dubai will unveil the inventions, ideas, and inspirations that have the potential to change the future. The United Arab Emirates projects 30 percent of the visitors will be from the UAE and 70 percent from other countries, with half expected from the Middle East and South Asia, a quarter from Western Europe and Russia, and one-tenth from East Asia.


Expos, also known as World Expositions and World's Fairs, are global gatherings of nations regulated by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), based in Paris. Expos occur every five years in cities around the world; the first was held in 1851 in London. Like the Olympics, Expos are the festivals of culture, technology, innovation, design, and human excellence. Past Expos showcased the innovations of countries, including the mobile phone, the X-ray machine, and ice cream cone. Learn more

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