History

The World Expo is one of the biggest and oldest events on the planet. Organised by the Paris-based Bureau International des Expositions (BIE), a global city takes its turn to host the Expo every five years. Every mega-exposition lasts six months and all the countries of the world are invited to take part and showcase the best of what they have.

The Bureau International des Expositions (BIE) is an inter-governmental organisation created by the 1928 Paris Convention to oversee and regulate World Expos. So far, about 30 countries have played hosts to the Expo over the last 170 years with some countries having organised it multiple times. The very first Expo in 1851 had only 25 participating countries and had 6 million visitors and cost all of US$ 1 million to organise. It was held in the Crystal Palace, London with the theme “Industry of all Nations.” The World Expo has come a long way since then with 193 participating nations in the upcoming one.

The next Expo is being organised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates between 20 October 2020 and 10 April 2021 with the theme ‘Connected Minds, Creating the Future.’ Every Expo has a theme at its core and the theme of the Dubai Expo reveals a forward-looking agenda and the state of the world at this point of time in history. That is, the 21st century is an age of technology and social media when inter-connectedness between countries, communities and societies are more prevalent than ever. Therefore, when virtual connectedness is the norm today, Expo 2020 aims to bring together millions of people through a six-month period face-to-face and in physical contact in one place. In short, the Dubai Expo hopes to leave a meaningful legacy for future generations.

After Dubai, it will be the turn of Osaka in Japan to host the Expo in 2025