From 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, the Dubai Expo (UAE) will be held, a Universal Exposition and an important appointment with the future and innovation in the world.
For six months Dubai is transformed into a world showcase in which participating countries will present the best of their ideas, projects, exemplary and innovative models to the world.
Expo 2020 has started with excellent prospects, and about 25 million visitors are expected in the next six months, which in addition to the visit to Expo, will increase tourism and bring back investments in the emirate.
What is the Expo?
The Universal Exposition, often called simply Expo, is an international exhibition hosted every 5 years by a different country, lasting a maximum of 6 months.
The construction of the pavilions of each country is carried out by each participating country, and are added to the themed pavilions of the organization.
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What is the Expo for?
The Expo is the largest exhibition in the world that promotes and allows dialogue and cooperation between citizens and institutions between the various countries of the world.
Expo is managed by the BIE (Bureau International des Expositions), an international organization of which 168 States are members, and pursues multiple objectives, including:
- Strengthen international relations
- Sharing culture and education
- Encourage development
- Working for the environment
- Renew the city
- Experiment with the future
When was Expo born?
The first edition of Expo dates back to 1851 in London at the Crystal Palace in Hyde Park and is also known as the Great Exhibition. Event born from an intuition of Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, becoming the reference for all subsequent editions, influencing numerous aspects of society such as the arts, education, trade and international relations.
Expo 2020 in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
Expo 2020 in Dubia is held from 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, with the aim of uniting countries and peoples for the creation of a new world, re-imagining tomorrow.
More than 190 countries showcase their cultures and innovations within architecturally striking pavilions on the 438 hectare (1,083 acre) site. A single exhibition center that encompasses different cultures, religions and ideas.
The vision and mission is "Connect minds, create the future", becoming Expo 2020 a global incubator of greatest impact in the world for new ideas, and stimulating actions to provide real life solutions and preserve and protect our planet, explore new borders and building a better future for all.
Who can visit Expo 2020?
There are thousands of events dedicated to families, children, young people, companies, and much more.
Expo 2020 is committed to building a more equitable and just world for all, keeping visitors safe by following the latest guidance from the world's leading experts in medicine, science and health.
Travelers can visit Dubai if they have a negative PCR test prior to departure, however a vaccine is required to visit the rest of the UAE.
To enter the Expo itself, anyone over 18 years of age will need to show proof of a vaccination or a negative PCR test. The free test will be available to ticket holders on site.
What can be seen at Expo 2020
There are thousands of activities, innovations and presentations, and below is a short list of those that we believe are the most important.
Bump into cuisines from all over the world and taste the food
Get ready for a culinary extravaganza with award-winning chefs and culinary concepts in over 200 restaurants.
Stamp your Dubai Expo 2020 passport while visiting 22 countries
Don't forget to collect your Expo passport from the official store and have it stamped as you visit the pavilions around the site. It will turn out that you have traveled all over the World!
Interact with robots
Over 150 robots performing a range of tasks such as greeting you, providing assistance and performing special displays, as well as helping with food and drink delivery and hospitality services
Go around the world on a carousel
Enjoy all the fun of the fair on Around the World, a classic Venetian carousel with hand-painted images from past Universal Expositions.
Manage the world at Dubai Expo 2020
Put on your racing gear and run around the world. Take part in the extensive running program and run alongside participants from 192 countries.
Visit the playground with the children
More than just a playground, this is an interactive space full of fun.
Watch and participate in sports activities around the world
Expo 2020 Dubai and Dubai Sports Council (DSC) have joined forces to offer a diverse sports program full of free activities, exhibition matches, big names in sport and an entire center dedicated to fitness and wellness.
Find out how food is grown on a desert farm
The farm of the future, which uses salt water and fish to grow. The Desert Farm makes the most of the three abundant natural resources in the UAE: sun, sea and sand.
Watch the Dubai Expo 2020 night light festival
Every night, after the sun sets below the horizon, the buildings and spaces come alive with light projections and installations that create a magical world of wonder and beauty.
Visit the solar-powered home of tomorrow
From the solar roof to the insulated entrance, the DEWA Pavilion is designed to maximize efficiency and offers many futuristic touches, such as a drone delivery hatch and a bathroom floor that measures weight.
Find out all about past exhibitions at the World Expo Museum
Visit the World Expo Museum to learn about the incredible history and impact the World Expo has had over the years as a stage to showcase some of the world's most exciting and cutting-edge ideas and innovations
And many other events and activities for all tastes, ages and needs. You certainly have something to have fun with and be enchanted by the wonders that Expo 2020 exhibits and offers.
A little history of Expo
What Expo 2020 will bring or highlight in Dubai is still early days, certainly the presentation of a futuristic city.
The importance of Expo over the years is highlighted below with some images and some descriptions of innovation shown below.
1851 - Crystal Palace (The Great Exhibition), London
- First large prefabricated building constructed of metal and glass
- McCormick presents the first combine harvester that reaps and threshes wheat in a single operation
- Chemist John Mercer wins the first prize of the exhibition by inventing a procedure whereby the cotton yarn is passed through caustic soda to make it more resistant and more silky in appearance known as "mercerization"
1853 - Crystal Palace, New York
- In 1853, the American inventor Elisha Otis presented an elevator equipped with a safety device capable of blocking the fall of the cabin in the event of the lifting rope breaking. In the event, a spring activated two collisions placed on the cabin, which would have engaged a rack placed sideways to the shaft in order to support the structure. The invention gave considerable impetus to the construction of elevators for civil purposes
1855 - Universal Exhibition, Paris
- The first Singer Automatic sewing machines are shown
1876 - Philadelphia Centennial International Exposition
- Typewriter exhibition
- Bell phone exhibition
- Exhibition of the Phonograph
Expo 1876, Philadelphia (USA). Visitors see a strange device in operation that allows them to talk remotely: it is Alexander Bell's phone (photo).
1878 - Universal Exhibition, Paris
- Presentations of outdoor lighting prototypes through Edison's light bulb
1889 - Universal Exhibition, Paris
- Construction of the Eiffel Tower
- Presentation of the first diesel fueled machine
Expo 1889, Paris (France) The Eiffel Tower seen from Trocadero, built just for the occasion.
1893 - Exhibition in commemoration of Columbus, Chicago
- Presentation of the first Ferris wheel
1915 - Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, San Francisco
- Ford presents the prototype of the automobile assembly line
- Presentation of Kodachrome photographic films
1939 - New York World’s Fair
- Presentation of the first television
1939 - Golden Gate International Exposition, San Francisco
- Prototypes of nuclear power creation
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1974 - EXPO '74, Spokane
- First Expo with an environmental theme
1985 - EXPO '85, Tsukuba
- State of progress of robotics
1992 - EXPO '92, Seville
- Pototype of large-scale outdoor air conditioners