expo_pin_badgeThe World Expo is basically a major World Fair that anyone can attend. Every five years a World Expo occurs in some wonderful city around the world. To be a host, a country must submit an extensive candidacy application that details their proposed theme, environmental impact, finances, locations, dates for the expo and much more. This application is due six to nine years prior to the proposed date. Once the first application is submitted, any country that is applying for an exhibition that same year has six months to present their application. When the deadline has passed, the Bureau International des Exposition (BIE), which regulates the Expo, assesses the feasibility and effectiveness of each government’s proposed plan. Once the BIE General Assembly decides which proposals they will pursue, they vote on the host country via secret ballot. A candidate will win if they receive 2/3 the majority, however, without this majority the host is determined by eliminating the country with the least amount of votes until only one remains.

dubai-expo-2020The World Expo is relevant because for the first time ever, the Expo is being hosted in the Middle East. In 2020 this event will occur in Dubai, UAE!

The theme of this World Expo is ‘Connecting Minds, Creating the Future’, with the focus on three subthemes:

Mobility – “smart systems of logistics and transportation”

Sustainability – “lasting sources of energy and water”

Opportunity – “new paths to economic development”

The ultimate goal of this theme is to focus on global communities and partnerships to form new, transformative solutions for existing economical and social issues worldwide.

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When hosting a World Expo, it is the responsibility of the host country to create a pavilion to accommodate the expo theme and logistics. Therefore, Dubai is creating a sustainable structure that has three areas branching off from a center plaza. Each of these three areas will represent a subtheme. Dubai is planning on constructing the ceiling of this structure using solar panels to contribute to 50% of the energy exhausted. Not only that, but the Expo will occur from October 20, 2020 – April 10, 2021 and once finished, the structure will be reassembled into the Dubai Trade Center Jebel Ali, an Expo museum, a university, apartment buildings and hotels.

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This Expo is expected to have 25 million visitors. In preparation for the large crowds, Dubai is spending 8.4 billion dollars to finance this Expo, create more hotels, and expand metro lines. Ultimately, this event is expected to raise 23 billion dollars, which will stimulate Dubai’s economy and recognize Dubai as a “World Hub”.

This is such an educational and impactful event, and is considered to be one of the top three world events; the other two are the World Cup and the Olympics. However, unlike the other two, I haven’t learned about this event until recently. Does society put a stronger emphasis on sports recognition or are we more informed on the World Cup and the Olympics because they are largely televised and advertised? In 2020, both the Dubai World Expo and the summer Olympics will occur, which will attract more attention from citizens around the world?

To watch a virtual view of Dubai’s “Master Plan”, click here.

Sources:

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-middle-east-25132810

http://www.expomuseum.com/

http://expo2020dubai.ae/en/theme

http://www.bie-paris.org/site/en/

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4 thoughts on “

  1. I would absolutely love to go to something like this! This would be the ultimate experience to learn about other countries throughout the world. I wonder why they have such an extensive process to be a host? I also have never heard of this. It seems that sports are in a way forced on us, surrounding is in the news, billboards,etc, while this, for several people is unheard of.

  2. I have never heard of this, but it truly is amazing the way that countries have to go about applying to be a host! On top of that, if they’re chosen to host, they have to really impress with their center and resources. This building that is being created for Dubai sounds incredible, and it would definitely be a sight to see. Is the expo set up like a conference? Can anyone register to go?

    1. Camille – yes! Anyone can go. It is set up like a convention, researchers, speakers, innovators from all over the world come and share information and knowledge! The next one is in 2015 in Milan, Italy and they even have a “mini” one in between the major expos that are every five years. Definitely put it on your bucket list!

  3. “Does society put a stronger emphasis on sports recognition or are we more informed on the World Cup and the Olympics because they are largely televised and advertised? In 2020, both the Dubai World Expo and the summer Olympics will occur, which will attract more attention from citizens around the world?”
    I would say yes to both of these questions. Yes as a global society we put much more emphasis on sports, but this makes sense because sports are simple to understand. Television has completely changed the Olympic world. It is so prominent in our society now that we have whole networks dedicated to it. Therefore, the olympics will attract much more attention. Its an interesting thought though i’m glad you wrote about it.

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