Expo 2020 Dubai
Connecting Minds and Creating the Future
Expo 2020 Dubai is the first World Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. From October 1, 2021, the World Expo will host 191 countries and the globe’s leading changemakers for a six-month celebration of innovation, collaboration, and culture.
See some of the world’s most advanced technology, and how humans can live in harmony with nature in a high-tech world. This district explores solutions from leaders such as Singapore and the Netherlands.
Witness the movement of knowledge, ideas and goods around the globe. Here themes of connection and navigation are applied to everything from space exploration to cutting-edge digital technology.
The Opportunity District brings together the daring innovators, brands and individuals who are making an impact on our world. Global forums will tackle themes such as youth empowerment and social enterprise.
This is our time
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For 170 years, the World Expo has been centre stage for the world's greatest innovations. This prestigious international event is the third largest in the world in terms of influence and participation. Every five years, one country hosts the Expo and welcomes participating organisations, other countries and millions of visitors from around the globe. Below are some of the most influential World Expo events in the past, and how they have shaped our lives today.
LondonThe London International Exhibition, held beside the gardens of the Royal Horticultural Society, was the third World Expo. It featured over 28,000 exhibitors from 36 countries and highlighted the achievements and advances made in the Industrial Revolution.
Among the inventions on display was Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine, one of the first mechanical computers. Today, Babbage is considered the ‘Father of Computing’ thanks to his invention. Other notable inventions that were introduced at the 1862 World Expo include the cotton mill, submarine cables and plastic.
New YorkWith the slogan ‘Dawn of a New Day’, the New York World Fair was the first exposition to be based on the future. The host country of the United States gave visitors a glimpse of the world of tomorrow with fascinating geometrical structures and entertained them with talking robots and moving balconies.
On its opening day, Franklin D. Roosevelt made an appearance at the ceremony and became the first President of the United States to give a speech broadcast by television. Television demonstrations attracted millions of visitors at the fair and were sold to the public, marking the birth of the television industry.
MontrealThe World Expo in 1967 is considered the most successful fair of the 20th century, with the highest number of attendees and 62 nations participating. Thanks to the Expo in 1967, Montreal today is home to many architectural marvels.
Among the Expo’s landmarks was the residential complex Habitat 67 by Israeli-Canadian architect Moshe Safdie, a monumental demonstration of the future of urban housing. It was later declared a historic site and now houses some of the city's wealthiest, a must-see for architecture fanatics visiting Montreal.
AichiExpo 2005, held in Aichi, Japan, was history’s first eco-expo. Themed ‘Nature’s Wisdom’, it highlighted the link between humanity and nature. National and corporate pavilions expressed their interpretation of ecological co-existence, renewable technology, and the wonders of nature.
Visitors had first-hand experiences with some of the most advanced environmental technologies in the world: biodegradable plastic utensils, a greening wall to suppress heat in urban areas, and a fuel cell hybrid electric bus. The Expo in Japan offered interactive campaigns and activities to encourage environmentally friendly habits, particularly recycling.