World Expos are the definition of a global event – and next year’s instalment will be extraordinary even by Expo standards. Here’s ten things that mark out Expo 2020 Dubai as an historic moment for the Gulf region and the world.
1. The world will be in one place, like never before. A record 192 countries have confirmed their participation at Expo 2020 Dubai – making it the most international event in 168 years of World Expos.
2. The first World Expo held in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia region. Dubai has strategic links to some of the world’s fastest-growing and emerging economies – and their presence at Expo 2020 will make it a landmark event for the future of global business and trade.
3. A truly global business destination for buyers, distributors and investors. Expo 2020 expects to receive 25 million visits, with most coming from outside the United Arab Emirates. High business traveller numbers will come from China, India and the United Kingdom.
4. An open invitation to innovators. The Expo 2020 theme - Connecting Minds, Creating the Future - will attract influencers, innovators and thought-leaders who will come together to create global solutions.
5. Built to foster collaboration. Expo 2020 is literally built around big challenges and opportunities for global cooperation – with three themed districts focused on Mobility, Opportunity, and Sustainability.
6. A showcase for the latest technology. World Expos have embodied the state of the art since their very beginning. Expo 2020 Dubai will be no exception, with leading-edge and future technologies on display – including a preview of Virgin’s Hyperloop One in the US Pavilion.
7. Investing to solve global issues. The Expo Live programme will harness the convening power of World Expos to fund, accelerate and promote solutions to global problems, with a US$100 million fund to support selected projects from around the world. And it’s already begun, with 70 grants awarded so far. Find out more here.
8. Committed to small and medium sized enterprises worldwide. Expo 2020’s Online Marketplace allows businesses from around the world (including SMEs) to apply for tender opportunities and profile their business to an international network. Expo 2020 has committed 20% of its spend to SMEs. Learn more and register here.
9. It will highlight progress on the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The UN’s 17 Global Goals are designed to end poverty, fight inequality and tackle climate change, and should be met by 2030. Next year’s Expo will focus attention on the goals and offer ideas about how we can contribute to achieving them.
10. Designed to be part of Dubai’s future. After Expo, the 438-hectare Expo site will live on as District 2020 – a brand-new community featuring homes, workplaces and community facilities, as part of Dubai’s ongoing development.