The World Market is a retail initiative focused on promoting ethical consumerism, allowing Expo 2020 visitors to purchase products that are unique, culturally significant, of high quality and ethically produced. These products are produced in a manner that are not harmful to the environment or society, and ensure producers are paid fairly, as well as being provided with suitable and safe working conditions.
The World Market focuses on several families of craft that intertwine with the local craft materials and processes in the UAE. Such materials can be used but are not limited to the following:
Safeefa (Natural Fibers);
Additional product types include, but not limited to:
Body care/soap and aromatherapy products;
Food and beverage items (non-alcoholic) that do not require preparation and are non-perishable will be permitted, pending approval by Dubai Municipality.
Additionally, participants are encouraged to adopt the following guiding principles for products they intend to sell as part of their World Market initiative. These are products that are:
Truly representative of a participant’s culture and are connected to the participant’s exhibition;
Sourced and produced in the country of origin;
Support low-income earning artisans/communities/ families;
Utilising small and medium enterprises (SMEs), showcasing the design capabilities, manufacturing techniques, and quality workmanship available in the country of origin;