Expo 2020

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2020 Dubai
Dubai Expo 2020 Logo.png
BIE-classUniversal exposition
CategoryInternational Registered Exhibition
MottoConnecting Minds, Creating the Future
Area438 hectares (1,080 acres)
Countries190 confirmed December 2018[1]
CountryUnited Arab Emirates
AwardedNovember 27, 2013 (2013-11-27)
OpeningOctober 20, 2020 (2020-10-20)[2]
ClosureApril 10, 2021 (2021-04-10)[2]
Universal expositions
PreviousExpo 2015 in Milan
NextExpo 2025 in Osaka
Specialized expositions
PreviousExpo 2017 in Astana
NextExpo 2023 in Buenos Aires
Horticultural expositions
Previous2019 World Horticultural Exposition in Beijing
NextExpo 2021 in Doha

Expo 2020 (Arabic: إكسبو ٢٠٢٠‎) is a World Expo to be hosted by Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, opening on October 20, 2020. The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) general assembly in Paris awarded Dubai as the host on November 27, 2013.


As a World Expo, it may be a maximum of six months in length and adhere to a wide universal theme that applies to all humanity. Past themes of Universal Expositions include "Man and His World" Montreal Expo 67, "Leisure in the Age of Technology" Brisbane Expo 88 and "Discovery" Seville Expo 92.


The main site of Expo Dubai 2020 will be a 438-hectare area (1083 acres) located between Dubai and Abu Dhabi cities, near Dubai emirate's western border with Abu Dhabi emirate. The master plan, designed by the American firm HOK, is organized around a central plaza, entitled Al Wasl, enclosed by three large pavilions which will be built by Al-Futtaim Carillion, each one dedicated to a sub-theme.[3] Dubai has also been emphasizing on investments in various sectors such as economic growth, real estate, environmental avenues and public affairs. In recent times, Dubai has made major investments in Real Estate[4] as well as introduced a world’s largest Solar Power Project which is all set to start by Expo 2020.[5] Apart from pumping money, the nation is also keen on giving equal prominence to public relationships. The initiative – Dubai Happiness Agenda, has 16 programmes under four themes that sums up 82 projects to be set in the city with an aim to make the city the happiest by 2020.[6] The Dubai Expo 2020 also would see a rise in the GDP as predicted by the International Monetary Fund.[7][8]

There are reports which have analysed the recent economic downturn and predict that World Expo 2020 Dubai will lead to a property bubble, which might have far reaching consequences.[9] Furthermore, the expo has been very quiet recently and like many other projects in Dubai, some expo projects are cancelled.[10]


The following nations have announced their participation in Expo 2020:[11]

  1.  Algeria
  2.  Angola
  3.  Argentina
  4.  Australia
  5.  Azerbaijan
  6.  Austria
  7.  Bahamas
  8.  Bahrain
  9.  Belarus
  10.  Belgium
  11.  Bhutan
  12.  Bulgaria
  13.  Burkina Faso
  14.  Bangladesh
  15.  Brunei
  16.  Brazil
  17.  Canada
  18.  Cambodia
  19.  Cape Verde
  20.  Central African Republic
  21.  Chile
  22.  China
  23.  Republic of China
  24.  Colombia
  25.  Cuba
  26.  Cyprus
  27.  Czech Republic
  28.  Congo
  29.  Democratic Republic of the Congo
  30.  Denmark
  31.  Dominican Republic
  32.  Djibouti
  33.  Ecuador
  34.  Egypt
  35.  Estonia
  36.  Ethiopia
  37.  France
  38.  Fiji
  39.  Finland
  40.  Greece
  41.  Grenada
  42.  Guinea
  43.  Germany
  44.  Hong Kong
  45.  Hungary
  46.  India
  47.  Indonesia
  48.  Israel
  49.  Italy
  50.  Iran
  51.  Iraq
  52.  Iceland
  53.  Ireland
  54.  Japan
  55.  Jordan
  56.  Kazakhstan
  57.  Kenya
  58.  Kosovo
  59.  Kuwait
  60.  Kyrgyzstan
  61.  Laos
  62.  Lesotho
  63.  Lebanon
  64.  Liberia
  65.  Lithuania
  66.  Luxembourg
  67.  Latvia
  68.  Macau
  69.  Marshall Islands
  70.  Malaysia
  71.  Mauritius
  72.  Monaco
  73.  Mongolia
  74.  Morocco
  75.  Myanmar
  76.  Mexico
  77.  Mozambique
  78.  Nauru
  79.  Netherlands
  80.    Nepal
  81.  Nigeria
  82.  New Zealand
  83.  North Korea
  84.  Norway
  85.  Oman
  86.  Pakistan
  87.  Philippines
  88.  Poland
  89.  Portugal
  90.  Peru
  91.  Panama
  92.  Qatar
  93.  Russia
  94.  Romania
  95.  Rwanda
  96.  Senegal
  97.  Singapore
  98.  Sierra Leone
  99.  Slovenia
  100.  Solomon Islands
  101.  Somalia
  102.  Spain
  103.  Saint Kitts and Nevis
  104.  Saint Lucia
  105.  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  106.  Saudi Arabia
  107.  South Korea
  108.  Sweden
  109.   Switzerland
  110.  South Africa
  111.  Sudan
  112.  San Marino
  113.  Sri Lanka
  114.  Thailand
  115.  Togo
  116.  Tunisia
  117.  Tuvalu
  118.  Timor-Leste
  119.  Turkey
  120.  Turkmenistan
  121.  Tajikistan
  122.  Tanzania
  123.  Ukraine
  124.  United Arab Emirates[12]
  125.  United Kingdom
  126.  United States
  127.  Uganda
  128.  Uruguay
  129.   Vatican City
  130.  Vietnam
  131.  Venezuela
  132.  Yemen

Bids and bidding[edit]

Once the first city had lodged a bid with the BIE, other cities had six months to respond. In early 2011, Izmir of Turkey and Ayutthaya of Thailand submitted bids to the BIE, initiating the six-month window for other cities to bid. When this window closed on 2 November 2011, there were five prospective cities, with Dubai making a last minute entry. The BIE voted and selected the host city on 27 November 2013.

Five cities originally bid for the slot for a world's fair in 2020, with four remaining: Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Yekaterinburg, Russia; Izmir, Turkey; or São Paulo, Brazil. Expo 2020 will represent a first as a Middle Eastern destination will be hosting the event for the first time.[13]

The following cities lodged bids to the BIE for hosting the 2020 EXPO:

São Paulo was eliminated from contention after the first round of votes. Izmir was knocked out in the second. Yekaterinburg lost to Dubai in the third and final round of voting.

Dubai Expo[edit]

UAE selected the theme "Connecting Minds, Creating the Future", sub-themes being Sustainability, Mobility and Opportunity.[19][20]

"In today’s highly interconnected world, a renewed vision of progress and development based on shared purpose and commitment is key. While a married human mind, an individual country, or a specific community is both unique and remarkable, it is by working collaboratively that we truly advance." Dubai Ruler Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in support of the bid.

The World Expo in Dubai in 2020 will be the first to be held in the MENA & SA (Middle East and North Africa & South Asia) region. On 27 November 2013, when Dubai won the right to host the expo 2020, fireworks erupted at the world's tallest building, Burj Khalifa. A national holiday was declared the following day for all educational institutions across the country. The Dubai Ruler promised Dubai would "astonish the world," in 2020. The staging of the world fair and the preparations leading up to it are expected to result in 277,000 new jobs in the UAE, an injection of nearly $40 billion into the economy, and an increase in visitors of at least 25 million and up to 100 million.[21] Director General of Dubai Municipality, Hussain Nasser Lootah, said that they have the largest laboratory in the region, and can easily research new materials and technologies required for construction.[22] The world's tallest commercial tower to be built in Dubai, in Jumeirah Lake Towers, was given the name "Burj 2020" in honour of the World Expo 2020.[23] Sheikh Hamdan also went to the top floor of the Burj Khalifa to wave the UAE flag, a few days after the World Expo 2020 win.[24]

Yekaterinburg Expo[edit]

The Russian bid The Global Mind would have run from May 1 to October 31, and would have been the second largest expo (after 2010 in Shanghai) and intended to "survey world opinion through seven universal questions".[25]

İzmir Expo[edit]

The Turkish bid had a theme of New Routes to a Better World / Health for All and would have run from April 30 to October 31.[26] A Health for All symposium was held in October 2013 for BIE delegates and was to discuss health issues across the world.[27]

São Paulo Expo[edit]

A Brazilian expo would have been called Power of Diversity, Harmony for Growth,[28] run from May 15 to November 15 and would have covered 502 hectares.[29]


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