The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) will mark 170 years since the first World Expo today, just as Expo 2020 Dubai puts the finishing touches to preparations for its opening in October.
On May 1st, 1851, the Great Exhibition took place in London, housed in the glittering Crystal Palace, becoming the first World Expo ever held.
Now, 170 years later, the UAE will play host to global nations and their people at the next World Expo, the first in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region.
Expo 2020 Dubai aims to drive inspiration, innovation and collaboration at the first megaevent since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic – a global gathering that will bring together more than 200 organisations and nations to inspire action and deliver actionable solutions to real-life challenges.
In another first for World Expos, it will see every nation have its own pavilion under its one nation, one pavilion ethos.
In addition, countries will be clustered not by their geography, but under Expo 2020’s three subthemes of Opportunity, Mobility and Sustainability, depending on their focus – areas seen as essential to building a better future for everyone…