Best Things to Do in Africa and the Middle East in 2020
Grand Egyptian Museum — Giza, Egypt
Set to be the biggest museum in the world dedicated to a single civilisation, this colossal museum has been under construction since 2002. It will be home to 100,000 artefacts, 50,000 of which will be on a rotating display — including all 5,000 pieces of King Tutankhamun's funerary treasure.
Nyege Nyege Festival — Njeru, Uganda
Perhaps the best new festival of recent years, Uganda's Nyege Nyege — which translates as the uncontrollable urge to dance — takes over an abandoned hotel resort at the source of the River Nile in September for a truly progressive fusion of contemporary and traditional acts from across East Africa and beyond.
Expo 2020 Dubai — Dubai, UAE
Kicking off on Oct. 20, this huge six-month event billed as the world's greatest show is the modern-day equivalent of the World's Fair, and the first time an Expo will be held in the Middle East, Africa, or South Asia.
The National Aquarium — Abu Dhabi, UAE
The largest aquarium in the Middle East will open by the end of 2020, with ethical conservation and education front-of-mind when sourcing the inhabitants.
Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival — Joujouka, Morocco
A micro-festival from the Sufi trance musicians who pass their skills from generation to generation, and inspired Timothy Leary and Brian Jones in the '60s, running from June 5-7.