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Expo 2020 Dubai


Taking place from 01 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo to take place in the Middle East, Africa or South Asia. With an expected 25 million visitors over the 6 months of show time and

over 190 participating nations, Expo 2020 will be the biggest World Expo in the history. Expo Theme – Connecting Minds, Creating the Future.

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The biggest Expo in the history




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Historical Innovations


- Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – one of the first mechanical computers – was on display at the 1862 London International Exhibition on Industry and Art.
- Visitors to the Seattle Century 21 Exposition in 1962 were stunned by IBM’s Shoebox – an early computer that responded to vocal commands.


- The first live TV broadcast was made at the New York World’s Fair in 1939.
- Super Hi-Vision Theater – commonly known as Ultra HDTV – debuted at Expo 2005 Aichi in Japan.


- Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the world’s first telephone in 1876 at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine.
- The Japan World Exposition Osaka 1970 gave visitors the first opportunity to discover what mobile-phone technology offered, giving them a glimpse into a much more connected and mobile future.


- Many food innovations have tickled tastebuds and debuted at World Expos, including popcorn and Heinz Ketchup at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition in 1876, and ice cream cones at the Louisiana Purchase Exposition in St Louis in 1904.

World Expos' history

For 170 years, World Expos have provided a platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in today. Expo 2020 will continue that tradition with the latest technology from around the globe.

London – The Great Exhibition

The first World Expo was held in the iconic Crystal Palace to showcase the inventions of the Industrial Revolution.

Paris – Exposition Universelle des produits de l’agriculture, de l’industrie et des beaux-arts

This World Expo introduced the world to innovations including the lawn mower, Moore's washing machine, Singer's sewing machine, the speaking doll, and one of the first vehicles running on oil.

London – London International Exhibition on Industry and Art

Among the inventions on display was Charles Babbage’s Analytical Engine – one of the first mechanical computers. After the Expo closed, the site was redeveloped into the Science, Natural History and Victoria and Albert Museums, continuing the Expo’s intellectual legacy.

Paris – Exposition Universelle de 1867

This was the first World Expo to feature national pavilions. They provided a space in which countries could display their culture, their history and their innovations.

Vienna – Welt Austellung 1873 in Wien

Japan displayed a range of artistic products, inspiring the ‘Japonism’ in late 19th century culture.

Philadelphia – Centennial Exposition

Alexander Graham Bell demonstrated the world’s first telephone, and new foods such as popcorn and Heinz ketchup were also shown to the public for the first time.

Paris – Exposition Universelle 1878

Henri Giffard's giant steam-driven tethered airship lifted visitors up to 600 metres above Paris.

Melbourne – Melbourne International Exhibition

The Expo was an opportunity for Melbourne to develop its infrastructure and industry, allowing the city to install electric lights, telephones, lifts, and a tram system.

Barcelona – Exposició Universal de Barcelona / Exposición Universal de Barcelona

The Columbus Monument (Monument a Colom), a 60-metre (197 ft) monument to Christopher Columbus, was built on the site where the great explorer returned to Europe after his first voyage to the Americas.

Paris – Exposition universelle de 1889

The main symbol of the Fair was the Eiffel Tower. It was not immediately popular and some campaigned for its dismantling after the exposition closed

Chicago – World's Fair: Columbian Exposition

The world's first huge wheel (Ferris Wheel), was installed to the great delight of visitors.

Bruxelles – Exposition Internationale de Bruxelles

Attracting over six million visitors, the city’s rail and street infrastructure was vastly expanded for the World Expo. The Temple of Human Passions still stands in the Parc du Cinquantenaire.

Paris – L'Exposition de Paris 1900

The first Paris metro line between Porte de Vincennes and Porte Maillot was opened specifically for the Expo.

St. Louis – Louisiana Purchase Exposition

The three main scientific achievements that were showcased at Expo 1904 - automobiles, wireless technology and aeronautics - were exhibited in white palaces called the 'Ivory City’.

Liège – Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Liège

Highlights included a fingerprint magnifier showcased by the Paris police, as well as Léon Gaumont’s chronophone projector, which was one of the first devices to synchronise film with sound.

Milan – Exposition Universelle et Internationale

The International Commission on Occupational Health was founded at the Milan International and is still active. The Milan aquarium was built for this Expo too and is still standing.

Bruxelles – Exposition Universelle et Internationale

The Hotel Astoria, Brussels, was built for the fair, and is now a protected monument.

Gand – Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Gand 1913

Among the amusements of the Expo were the world's highest water slide, a 5km scenic rail ride around the site, and a 'joy-wheel'.

San Francisco – Panama-Pacific International Exposition

The centrepiece was the Tower of Jewels, which rose to 435 feet and was covered with over 100,000 cut glass gems.

Barcelona – Exposición General d'España (Exposición Internacional de Barcelona)

Barcelona’s França railway station was re-built for the Expo, modern tarred roads were laid and lit by modern street lights, and the first metro lines in the city entered into service.

Chicago – A Century of Progress Exposition

Among the main attractions was a Sky Ride, a 191-metre-high (628 feet) cable car system that offered visitors a panoramic view of the site. At night, a light show would illuminate the attraction.

Bruxelles – Exposition Universelle et Internationale de Bruxelles

The Lancôme Company exhibited its first perfumes and the chocolate maker, Côte d'Or, produced chocolate miniatures to be used as samples.

Paris – Exposition Internationale des Arts et des Techniques

Today, many buildings of the 1937 Exhibition are still standing in Paris. The Palais de Chaillot is where the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10 December 1948.

New York – New York World's Fair

This Expo was based on the future with the slogan ‘Dawn of a New Day’ and it featured fledging television broadcasts being seen by the mass public for the first time.

Port-au-Prince, Haiti – L'Exposition Internationale de port au Prince 1949

This offered an opportunity to modernise the Haitian city on the 200th anniversary of its foundation and redevelop the Gonave Bay area.

Bruxelles – Expo 58

A high level of new technologies were exhibited, such as a facsimile of Soviet space rocket Sputnik, nuclear power plant mock-ups as well as instruments and components made of synthetic materials, automated machines, new engines and computers.

Seattle – Century 21 Exposition

The Expo featured the Space Needle designed by John Graham and Edward Carlson, a 185-metre-high spire with a revolving restaurant at the top that could be reached with external lifts resembling space capsules. A building belonging to IBM exhibited the first computers.

Montreal – Expo 67

One of the Expo's landmarks was a residential complex called Habitat 67. This comprised 158 reinforced concrete apartment boxes that combined the advantages of individual houses with dense urban development.

Osaka – Expo 70

Among the most remarkable exhibits were an electron microscope with up to a 500,000-fold magnification and the model of a train with an electromagnetic pad capable of travelling up to 500km/h. There were also lunar rock samples.

Sevilla – Exposición Universal de Sevilla 1992

The Cartuja Island, once the Expo ended, became Cartuja 93, a technical and economic development centre.

Hanover – Expo 2000

A new railway station was constructed for Expo, a new network of urban roads was created, the tram network was extended, and a third terminal was constructed at the city airport.

Aichi – Expo 2005 Aichi

Emphasising the close links binding nature to humanity in the 21st century, Expo 2005 Aichi’s theme was ‘Nature’s Wisdom’ and was seen as an experiment in eco-compatible living.

Shanghai » Expo 2010

Thanks to the joint efforts of the Chinese government, the UN and the BIE, the World Cities Day was celebrated for the first time on 31 October 2014, as a result of a declaration triggered by Expo 2010.

Milan – Expo Milano 2015

Expo 2015's theme was `Feeding the Planet, Energy for Life`, encompassing technology, innovation, culture, traditions and creativity and how they relate to food and diet.

Dubai – Expo 2020 Dubai

The first Expo to be held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia with many reasons to be counted as one of the most important in exposition history.