“Connecting minds, creating the Future”


The official theme of Expo 2020 Dubai

170 years ago the history of World Expos began

Since then World Expos provide an attractive platform for the whole world to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live in. For 170 years, World Expos are unrivalled in scale, duration and number of visitors, where each exhibition serves as a bridge between government bodies, international companies and organizations and citizens. World Expo is a territory for meetings, trade and presentation of innovative ideas and modern technologies. Expo 2020 Dubai will continue that tradition showcasing the latest technology from around the globe.

More than 190 nations will be participating in Dubai Expo 2020

The first World Expo that will be held in the Middle east, Africa and Southeast Asia (MEASA) – the largest international event ever to be held in the Arab world. The main site of the Expo will be 438-hectares located between the cities of Dubai and Abu Dhabi, near Dubai’s southern border with Abu Dhabi. More than 190 countries have announced their participation and the total amount of expected visitors counts now up to 25 million.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be open in 2021, the year when UAE celebrates its 50th anniversary, making an important milestone for UAE.

Expo 2020 Dubai will be a platform for celebration of innovation, a platform to create and renew connections, a platform to stimulate innovation and create tangible business opportunities.

For the first time in World Expo history, every participating country will have its own pavilion. Bulgaria will be one of them. The individual pavilions will showcase what makes each country unique in its culture, business, technology, innovation and other achievements.

Main theme of Expo 2020 Dubai

Each edition of World Expo is organized around a specific theme that attempts to leave a lasting mark on humankind’s development. The theme “Connecting minds, creating the future” is based on the belief that innovation and progress are the result of bringing people and ideas together in new and unique ways.

Short history of the International Registered Exhibitions:

The first World Expo – the Great Exhibition – took place in London in 1851 in the Crystal Palace as an initiative of Prince Albert. The palace was built especially for the event, made entirely of metal and glass. The Crystal Palace is not only a remarkable exhibition space, but also demonstrated revolutionary techniques in the processing and application of cast iron and glass, which completely changed the construction industry in the following century.

Since 1851 until today, World Expos have explicitly been a global platform to showcase the greatest innovations that have shaped the world we live today. Each exhibition is organized indoors and outdoors, with the aim of showing countries achievements in the fields of culture, technology, innovation and business.

The telephone, the X-Ray, the color TV and the early robot prototypes are just a few examples of innovations that have been demonstrated for the first time during world expo. Here are some more examples:

The Telephone

Alexander Bell demonstrated the world’s first telephone in 1876 at Philadelphia’s Centennial Exposition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine.

The Japan World Exposition Osaka 1970 gave visitors the first opportunity to discover what mobile-phone technology offered, giving them a glimpse into a much more connected and mobile future.

Food

Many food innovations have tickled tastebuds and debuted at World Expos.  Among them are:

  • popcorn;
  • tomato ketchup (Heinz Ketchup);
  • ice cream cones.

Some of the world’s most notable symbols until today have also debuted at World Expos. To name a few are the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Space Needle in Seattle.

Computers

  • English matematician Charles Babbage presented his Analytical Engine – the true predecessor of the computer, at the 1862 exhibition in London
  • In 1962, visitors to the Seattle show were stunned by IBM’s Shoebox, one of the earliest computers to respond to voice commands.

World symbols

Some of the world’s most notable symbols until today have also debuted at World Expos. To name a few are the Statue of Liberty in New York, the Eiffel Tower in Paris and the Space Needle in Seattle.

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