A world event
Since the middle of the nineteenth century, universal exhibitions have helped produce innovative solutions to major world challenges. They are organised by the Bureau International des Expositions (BIE).
Theme and ambitions
Every exhibition is structured around its own focus. The theme of Expo 2020 Dubai is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’. Faced with the issues of urban growth in emerging nations, how can the digital world offer sustainable solutions?
To answer this question, the 192 participating countries and the 25 million visits expected will explore three essential sub-themes:
- Opportunity: releasing the potential of individuals and communities to be the players of a better future.
- Mobility: promoting the smarter and more efficient movement of people, goods and ideas, both physically and virtually.
- Sustainability: evolving in harmony with the world we live in and respecting it in order to guarantee a sustainable future for all, at a time when humanity is facing a dual challenge, that of a growing population and diminishing natural resources.
The expo in figures
Dubai welcomed a record number of 16 million tourists in 2018, rising to fourth place in the most visited cities in the world. Dubai is in second place in the world after Paris in terms of trade fairs and shows.
After it closes, the exhibition site will give life to a new area, District 2020, a smart city of 100,000 inhabitants.
An economic driver
Dubai 2020 should contribute over 33 billion dollars to the economy of the United Arab Emirates between 2013 and 2031 according to accounting firm Ernst and Young. The Dubai government has already spent over 40 billion dollars on major infrastructure projects related to the Expo, including a new metro line at 2.9 billion dollars, and enlargement of the international airport of Al Maktoum, near the site of Expo 2020.