Expo 2020 Dubai is the 35th world fair in the past 170 years. This largest exhibition in the world is unique in so many ways. Expo 2020 is the first world exhibition to be held in the Middle East, Africa, and South Asia. Moreover, this is the first time that Expo was postponed rather than canceled. Expo 2020 was initially scheduled for October 2020 to March 2020 but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite being postponed, organizers kept the name Expo 2020.
The organizer of world fairs is the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), an NGO whose mission is to ensure the quality and success of these world events. BIE was founded in 1928 by 32 countries, while today it has 170 member countries that are continuously working on improving the quality of Expo exhibitions. In addition to the Expo, BIE oversees three other types of exhibitions: The International Specialized Exhibition, the Milan Triennial Exhibition of Decorative Arts and Modern Architecture (also known as Triennale di Milano), and the World Horticultural Exhibition.
The importance of Expo fairs is best illustrated by the fact that it has been held from the middle of the 19th century until today. The first World Fair was held in London in 1851. This concept became popular and was organized every five years to present scientific, technological, economic, and social progress with the aim of improving humankind’s knowledge.
The Expo World Fair has the tradition of presenting the most significant achievements and innovations that have literally changed the world. Some of the inventions that were for the first time presented at world fairs are the telephone, the telegraph, the first samples made of plastic, a revolver, the typewriter, a diesel engine, and many others. Additionally, each new exhibition pushed the boundaries regarding the number of participants, visitors, and the space at which exhibitions were held.
Expo 2020 Dubai is no exception in setting new standards – this world fair will be remembered by the highest number of participants and visitors so far. One hundred ninety-two countries will present themselves at this fair, while 25 million persons are expected to visit Expo 2020 Dubai, that is, private and business entities, representatives of national governments, and others. Moreover, if we include virtual visits the total number of visitors is expected to be over three billion people- Thus, this is an excellent opportunity for all participants to present their countries in the best possible way.
For all of those who are not able to visit Expo 2020 Dubai in person, we recommend that they visit www.virtualexpodubai.com and at least virtually be part of this global event.