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Frequently asked question about EXPO 2020 Dubai

World Expos are one of the oldest and largest international events on the planet, taking place every five years and lasting six months and the participating countries are asked to build their own pavilions. It is a festival for all, where everyone can experience, explore, innovate, and have fun by sharing ideas and working together. Between the World Expos, specialized Expos are held every two to three years, focusing on a specific topic. They run for a maximum of three months and the exhibition site for the international participants must not exceed 25 hectares. The organizers supply the participants with a building shell to house their exhibition.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be the first World Expo ever hosted in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia (MEASA) region. Through theme of Connecting Minds, Creating the Future, the aim is to make a World Expo that inspires people by showcasing the best examples of collaboration, innovation and cooperation from around the world. Organizers believe that now, more than ever, humanity needs to come together to remember what unites us and makes us stronger.

An Expo brings the countries of the world together to present their ideas, solutions and innovations concerning the current expo theme. Unlike a trade fair, there are no exhibitors and it’s not about B2B talks and new contracts. Expos are not primarily geared to experts in a particular field. First and foremost, they are intended for anyone and everyone – young families, schoolchildren, students, senior citizens, couples, friends and lone travellers. And the participating countries’ pavilions are designed to reflect that, with many of them adopting an edutainment approach. The goal is to give visitors an unforgettable, varied and entertaining day at the expo while also creating awareness of global problems.

These decisions are made by Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), which is based in Paris. BIE is an organisation that countries can join and apply to if they wish to host a world expo. The BIE’s General Assembly decides where the expos will take place.

Yes! Because we humans need to see and experience things for ourselves, to smell, taste, hear and feel them. Only by doing so can we form an opinion about the expo participants’ pavilions. Nowhere else brings so many different people from across the globe together for six months to engage in a dialogue with each other. At an expo, visitors can “see the world” without the travel. As they explore, they can learn a great deal about life in the participating countries and how their own lives might benefit from the ideas on show. No video, photo or website could ever replace that experience.

Yes, because the different countries and institutions pavilions are extremely diverse, interesting and often spectacular. Many of them have exhibits or information that visitors can activate themselves and which let them interact with people from all over the world. After they have paid to enter the expo site, there are no additional fees to visit the pavilions. There are also free cultural programmes, run both by the expo organizers and by numerous participants. Plus, there’s a wide range of food available. And, when they leave, they take away wonderful memories of inspiring moments and encounters they will never forget.

Organizers declare that up to 80 per cent of Expo-built buildings and structures will find new life in the thriving future city of District 2020. A key pillar of Expo 2020’s aim to leave a meaningful and lasting legacy, District 2020 will be a connected global center for the next generation of innovators, original thinkers and pioneers for generations to come.

Innovations launched at World Expos include: the telephone (Philadelphia, 1876), the Eiffel Tower (Paris, 1889), the Ferris wheel (Chicago, 1893), the X-Ray machine (Buffalo, 1901), the ice cream cone (St Louis, 1904), the commercial broadcast television (New York, 1939), IMAX (Osaka, 1970), touchscreens (Knoxville, 1982) and the humanoid robot (Nagoya, 2005).