Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba, the Ambassador of the United Arab Emirates to the United States, is thrilled with the recent news that Dubai has been chosen to host the World Expo 2020. This selection marks a significant victory for the UAE, which will now be the first country in the Middle East, Africa, or Southeast Asia to host the event.
First launched in London in 1851 as a showcase of culture and technology, a World Expo today is a key forum for events, exhibitions, and debates on international issues ranging from sustainable development to the global economy. Hundreds of nations, businesses, and international organizations participate in World Expos, which are held every five years and allow millions of international visitors to explore and discover new cultures and ideas.
The theme for Dubai’s World Expo 2020 is “Connecting Minds, Creating the Future,” with a particular focus on three subthemes that constitute key drivers of global development: sustainability, or renewable sources of energy and water; mobility, or smart logistical and transportation systems; and opportunity, or alternative paths to economic development. World Expo 2020 organizers estimate that 25 million people will visit Dubai during the six months of Expo, from October of 2020 to April of 2021.