A world event
The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is the intergovernmental organisation embodying the commitment of its Member States to lead, promote and foster International Exhibitions for the benefit of the citizens of the international community.
The BIE oversees four types of International Exhibitions: World Expos, Specialised Expos, Horticultural Expos and the Triennale di Milano. Expos are global events centred around a theme addressing fundamental challenges faced by humanity. Gathering nations from around the world, they are a stage for innovations and solutions and an invitation to explore a theme through engaging and immersive discoveries.
The mission of the BIE is to ensure the quality and the success of Expos by protecting the rights of their organisers and participants, and by preserving their core values of Education, Innovation and Cooperation.
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.