In November 2013, the United Arab Emirates won the right to host the World Expo in Dubai in 2020.This will be the first time that the World Expo is staged in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia (MENASA)
.Since the first Great Fair of 1851, World Expos have continued to be one of the largest and most enduring global mega-events. Lasting six months, World Expos attract millions of visitors who explore and discover pavilions, exhibits and cultural events staged by hundreds of participants including nations, international organisations and businesses.
Dubai’s World Expo is held under the theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, echoing the powerful spirit of partnership and co-operation that has driven the UAE’s success in pioneering new paths of development and innovation. Through this theme, Expo 2020 Dubai will serve as a catalyst, connecting minds from around the world and inspiring participants to mobilise around shared challenges, during a World Expo of unprecedented global scope, under the sub-themes of: Mobility, Sustainability &Opportunity.
Expo 2020 Dubai is expected to attract 25 million visits, 70 per cent of which will be from overseas. This will be the first Expo in which the majority of visitors stem from beyond a nation’s borders. Running from 20 October 2020 through 10 April 2021, the Expo will launch the country’s Golden Jubilee celebration and serve as a springboard from which to inaugurate a progressive and sustainable vision for the coming decades.
Each Expo carries a central theme, the guiding principle of which is to be of “universal concern to all of humanity".
At Expo 2020 Dubai, our theme is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’.
Dubai’s Arabic name - Al Wasl - means ‘the connection’, and this is reflected in Dubai’s modern day position as a central hub between East and West. With an anticipated 25 million visits to our Expo, and 70 per cent of visitors predicted to come from overseas, it will be the most globally inclusive event in Expo history.
Expo 2020 Dubai is building upon its theme and using it as a design principle for the event. The theme will be visible in how we engage with participants, create opportunities for the public and private sector to work together, and how we will strive to make collaboration an essential instrument to deliver an event with the level of quality and impact needed to mark this out as a truly transformative Expo.
To make this possible, Expo 2020 Dubai will explore three sub themes, which have been identified as key drivers of global development.
Expo 2020 Dubai aims to gather the global community so that together, we can forge new partnerships and find solutions to these core issues, ultimately leaving behind a strong transformative social and economic legacy across our region and the world.